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Medicaid changes for in-home care
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ElderCare home services office employees Robin Linsner, Mary Irick and Donna Stenzel review a report of Medicaid client services performed by the agencys in-home workers.

ElderCare has entered the first phase of Kansas Medicaid reform by implementing the KS AuthentiCare program.
Home service employees now call a toll-free number, on the client’s telephone, to check-in and check-out for each scheduled shift. The workers register their individual worker identification number, client service, and activity duties performed.
The Kansas Departments on Aging and Social and Rehabilitation Services went “live” with this time/attendance tracking and claim submission program in January.
ElderCare provides in-home care for more than 60 Medicaid participants in the Frail Elderly Attendant Care Waiver system. Medicaid is the funding source for 38% of the non-profit agency’s clients.
“Our workers and clients are adjusting well to the detailed AuthentiCare procedures,” said Karen Sessler, Care Manager. “Robin Linsner, Head Scheduler, Mary Irick, Donna Stenzel and Denise Sweany on our home services staff have spent endless hours on the website managing worker information, confirming claims for payment, and running reports,” added Sessler.
ElderCare and other statewide Medicaid service providers await the next phase of state Medicaid reform, known as KanCare. Three contracts will be issued to manage the Kansas Medicaid program. State officials are reviewing bids received from five companies.