Transforming Lives in Communities Across Massachusetts

Adult Foster Care  is a state-funded program that transforms lives. Its services allow seniors and persons with disabilities who need assistance with personal care tasks to remain in a home and in the community with a qualified and approved caregiver. We at the Massachusetts Council for Adult Foster Care  offer professional support to the agencies across the state that provide this valuable program.

The council has supported its dedicated member agencies since the mid-1970s. This support comes in many forms - through interpreting and implementing regulations, developing best practices, establishing networking connections for like agencies or advocating for appropriate funding for caregivers. All of these efforts ultimately benefit vulnerable individuals in Massachusetts communities who need it most.

Through leadership, knowledge and advocacy, we engage with more than 100 Adult Foster Care provider agencies across the state, allowing over 12,000+ participants, starting as young as age 16, to thrive in their homes and their communities through the support of their caregivers.

 

MCAFC 2019 Training Calendar

Month Date Training All Group Meeting MCAFC
Meeting Time
Special
Training Time
August 15 N/A N/A N/A N/A
September

19

Easter Seals 9:30-10 10:00-12:00 12pm-1:30
October 17 Mass Health Prior Authoirization Training-Optum 9:30-10:00 10:00-11:00 11:00-1:00pm
November 14 Home Safety-Fire Fighters 9:30-10:00 10:00-11:00 11:00-12:30
December 19 Complex Grief/Trauma 9:30-10:00 10-11:00 11:00-12:30
January 16 Care Transition 9:30-10:00 10:00-11:00 11:00-12:30
February 20 SSI/SSDI-Nuts and Bolts 9:30-10:00 10:00-11:00 11:00-1:00
March  20 Guardianship-Fletcher Tilton 9:30-10:00 10:00-10:30 10:30-12:30
April 17 Advanced Directives/Health Care Proxy 9:30-10:00 10:00-11:00 11:00-12:30
May 15    Sexuality 9:30-10:00 10:00-11:00 11:00-12:30
June 19 Annual Meeting TBD    

May 17, 2019

Great news!  The AFC rates have been posted: https://www.mass.gov/regulations/101-CMR-35100-adult-foster-care

 Also, Mass Health is in the process of adjusting the Adult Foster Care claims for retroactive rates effective May 1, 2019.  These adjustments account for the rate increase indicated in the revised AFC rate regulations, which was promulgated on May 17, 2019. Providers will see this adjustment in the next 2-3 weeks.

CALL TO ACTION- Amendment #560

Senator John Keenan has filed the MCAFC amendment (#560) relative to MassHealth meeting with key stakeholders and charting out the future of rate reimbursement needs (i.e. funding necessary to get rates where they should be).  That said, Senator Keenan has asked us to help support the amendment and make some “noise” for it by gathering the support and co-sponsorship of the amendment from Senators.  Accordingly, I have attached three documents:
 
a. A brief fact sheet on the amendment – one that contains the language, a brief summary and a rationale;
b. A “call to action” for MCAFC members to follow in contacting their respective Senators;
c. If desired, an e-mail template for MassHealth members within the AFC program to use.
 
Senators can co-sponsor amendments throughout this week.  The budget will be debated, starting Monday, May 20th, so we need these calls / emails made this week.  The sooner the better!

 

CALL TO ACTION- Amendment #651

Recently, Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier (House Vice Chair, Jt. Comm. On Elder Affairs) has filed the MCAFC amendment (#651) relative to a Mass Health meeting with key stakeholders and charting out the future of rate reimbursements for the AFC Program.  Representative Farley-Bouvier has asked us to help support the amendment and make some “noise” for it by gathering the support and co-sponsorship of the amendment from the House of Representatives.  

We need your help to call, email, and share the attached resources to everyone!  We need to reach out to our Representatives to gain co-sponsorship and support for our Amendment!

Please see the attached documents:

(a)    A brief fact sheet on the amendment – one that contains the language, a brief summary and a rationale;
(b)    A “call to action” for MCAFC members to follow in contacting their respective Representatives;
(c)    If desired, an e-mail template for MassHealth members within the AFC program to use.

Representatives can co-sponsor amendments throughout this week.  The budget will be debated, starting Monday, April 21st. We need these calls / emails made this week!

 

Adult Foster Care Awareness Day

Thursday, April 4, 2019
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Massachusetts State House,  Nurses Hall

The Massachusetts Council for Adult Foster Care (MCAFC) will visit the State House to educate legislators and their staff about the importance of Adult Foster Care to individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth.

The MCAFC is looking for as many people as possible to come and visit with legislators and their staff. We want them to meet the individuals, families, and friends of Adult Foster Care. We will share information and stories to spread awareness and to advocate for sufficient funding for the Adult Foster Care program.

Choose 1 of the following ways to register

  1. Click here to register online
  2. Register via email at wendydagle@mcsnet.org

Register by phone: Terry Cook at 413-733-1240 x 119

 

 

Notice of Public Hearing

EOHHS has published a notice of public hearing for the following regulation. You can view the notice and the corresponding regulations at EOHHS.

101 CMR 351.00:  Adult Foster Care

 

 

11.9.18: PA Update

Dear AFC Provider,

This notification is to alert you that the go live Prior Authorization (PA) implementation date will continue to be temporarily postponed. This means that the MassHealth LTSS Provider Portal will not be accepting prior authorizations (PAs) for Adult Foster Care services at this time. Providers should continue to use Coastline as the MassHealth designated screening agent until you receive further information from MassHealth.
The Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination for Adult Foster Care and the PCP Order Form are available at https://www.mass.gov/guides/guidelines-for-medical-necessity-determinati...  Providers can also access PA submission guidelines that were shared during the AFC PA trainings held on October 17 and 18 on the LTSS Provider Portal athttps://www.masshealthltss.com.
The temporary postponement will give providers more time to familiarize themselves with the Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination for AFC and begin utilization of the PCP Form in preparation for go-live.
MassHealth will provide more detailed information regarding the exact start date the week of November 19th.
If you have any questions about this message, the LTSS Provider Portal, or how to gain access or submit PAs through the Portal, please contact the LTSS Provider Service Center at 1-844-368-5184, or email support@masshealthltss.com.
Thank you for your continued patience and support in working towards implementing Prior Authorization for Adult Foster Care services.     

Allison Ananis
Adult Foster Care/Group Adult Foster Care
Program Manager
MassHealth 

11.2.18: Prior Authroization Update from Mass Health:

Dear AFC Provider,
This notification is to alert you that the go live Prior Authorization (PA) implementation date is temporarily postponed. This means that the MassHealth LTSS Provider Portal will not be accepting prior authorizations (PAs) for Adult Foster Care services at this time. Providers should continue to use Coastline as the MassHealth designated screening agent until you receive further information from MassHealth.
 
The Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination for Adult Foster Care and the PCP Order Form are available at https://www.mass.gov/guides/guidelines-for-medical-necessity-determination-for-adult-foster-care-afc.   Providers can also access PA submission guidelines that were shared during the AFC PA trainings held on October 17 and 18 on the LTSS Provider Portal at https://www.masshealthltss.com.
 
The temporary postponement will give providers more time to familiarize themselves with the Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination for AFC and the PCP Form.
 
Next week MassHealth will provide more detailed information regarding the exact start date.
 
If you have any questions about this message, the LTSS Provider Portal, or how to gain access or submit PAs through the Portal, please contact the LTSS Provider Service Center at 1-844-368-5184, or email support@masshealthltss.com.
 
Thank you for your continued patience and support in working towards implementing Prior Authorization for Adult Foster Care services.  
 
Best,
Allison Ananis,  Adult Foster Care/Group Adult Foster Care  Program Manager  MassHealth

10.26.18 Important Update from Mass Health:  

Dear AFC Providers,

This notification is to alert you that the go live Prior Authorization (PA) implementation date will be postponed for 1-2 weeks. This means that the MassHealth LTSS Provider Portal will not be accepting prior authorizations (PAs) for Adult Foster Care services on Monday, 10/29/18. Providers should continue to use Coastline as the MassHealth designated screening agent until you receive further notification.

We are delaying the implementation slightly to allow providers time to access and review the Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination for Adult Foster Care and the PCP Order Forms which will be available on mass.gov next week. Providers can also access PA submission guidelines  that were shared during the AFC PA trainings held on October 17 and 18 on the LTSS Provider Portal at https://www.masshealthltss.com.

Next week MassHealth will notify you of the exact go live date.

Thank you for your collaboration and dedication in working towards implementing Prior Authorization for Adult Foster Care services.

Best,
Allison

10.23.18 UPDATE from Mass Health:

The MassHealth LTSS Provider Portal is accepting prior authorizations (PAs) for Adult Foster Care services as of Monday, 10/29/18. 

All Adult Foster Care providers must now use the LTSS Provider Portal to submit PAs for Adult Foster Care services. Coastline should no longer be used for submitting PAs for these services.

Providers can access the LTSS Provider Portal at https://www.masshealthltss.com

If you have any questions about this message, the LTSS Provider Portal, or how to gain access or submit PAs through the Portal, please contact the LTSS Provider Service Center at 1-844-368-5184, or email support@masshealthltss.com.

 

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