FROM: PAUL SWATSENBARG, DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR
The Legislative auditor has recommended that the Department discontinue its relationship with independent Residential Habilitation Providers that provide services in the client's home. As defined by the Internal Revenue Service, the current practice creates an employer/employee relationship and requires the Department to tax wages paid to the provider. Therefore, Residential Habilitation Providers must be employed by a Residential Habilitation Agency by July 1, 2002. The following procedure codes will not be effective after July 1: 0585B, 0586B, 0587B, 0588B, and 0681B and will be denied if billed with service dates after that date.
Residential Habilitation Supported Living Providers who provide Supported Living in the home of the client may no longer be enrolled as an independent provider. Supported Living may be provided only through an agency that provides such services.
This change does not affect Independent Residential Habilitation Providers who deliver services to DD/ISSH waiver clients living in a Certified Family Home.
If you need assistance locating a Residential Habilitation Agency for employment purposes, you may contact your Regional ACCESS Unit. If you have any questions about this information release, please contact Mary Wells at (208) 364-1955.
Effective July 1, 2002 procedure codes 0585B, 0586B, 0587B, 0588B, 0681B will no longer be valid.