Brain Injury Summit II This Friday

The second Brain Injury Summit will be held Friday morning in Albany.  Those invited included the Brain Injury Association of NY State, the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Commission on Quality of Care, the Providers Alliance, the Brain Injury Coalition of Central NY, and the Kahrmann Advocacy Coalition.

Given that effective and fluid communication between all is a challenge not uncommon in any multifaceted system, communication will be the primary focus.

The DOH of late has taken a great deal of heat, both from this “pen” and from others. It is my sincere hope that some of the challenges now being faced by survivors, providers, advocacy groups and, not incidentally, the DOH are clarified so when all parties leave the summit, heads are in a more serene place, there is greater clarity all around,  and the commitment to open and effective communication is, in some instances renewed and in other instances begun.

All parties actively took part in the first summit and I fully expect the same this time. There are some justifiably frightened survivors across the state and some understandably worried providers. To say lives are at risk is anything but an understatement.


One thought on “Brain Injury Summit II This Friday

  1. Peter,If DOH truly wants to communicate and work with providers they must revise the provider manuals for both NHTD and TBI and incorporate in them all the changes needed. Clear and specific rules will protect good providers from OMIG and decrease their liability. Some of these changes should include changing NODs and plans to a year cycle to streamline paperwork and increase efficiency/timeliness, provide more specific info on record keeping and billing to ensure consistency with medicaid regulations and decrease "interpretations" which could lead to increased liability with regulatory agencies such as OMIG; and specify more clearly the Lisensed home care regulations that have to be met by HCSS providers. Both the NHTD provider manual and supposedly the TBI provider manual which provide the regs policies and procedures used by all providers/participants must be revised and issued as soon as possible. Eliciting and incorporating feedback by providers is critical. DOH should clarify upcoming changes with DOH personnel etc related to budgetary issues the state is facing. These changes may affect the running of both waiver program and its participants. Rumors have it that DOH staff experienced with the programs are or will be moved around to other departments and contracted agencies discontinue. I would like to wish that you have a good meeting with DOH but it can only be good if they put the information needed on paper and actually follow through on promises…..


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