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As I posted in this blog on May 24 , the Regional Variance Factor (RVF) in the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) will be updated as of July 1, and will have an impact on rates calculated in the DWRS. The DHS bulletin on this change included a list of the new factors. As I described previously, ...
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The legislature failed to pass a Health and Human Service appropriations bill before the constitutionally mandated midnight deadline this last Sunday, May 22 nd . This marked a disappointing end to the 2022 legislative session that saw much of the $9 billion surplus left un-allocated. Along with not ...
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There have been a lot of moving parts to the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) this year. As you may recall, changes made to the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver rate setting statute ( 256B.4914 ) in 2019 established a schedule for updating the wage values and inflationary adjustments ...
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Friday, April 8 th marked the third committee deadline for the legislature. This is the point where all bills must be through the committee process and both the House and Senate turn their attention to floor action. The third committee deadline is also the point where both the House and Senate release ...
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It is hard to believe we are only in week 6 of the legislative session, as things have been moving at a rapid pace. Below is an update of where ARRM’s Legislative priorities sit and other pieces of legislation critical to disability services ARRM’s Legislative Agenda: Immediate Workforce Relief ...
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Some of you may remember this tale of DHS acting to change the rules around random number extrapolation in recovering overpayments to providers. Believe it or not, it began over a year ago and I previously wrote posts to this blog here , here and here . While it may not be a terribly exciting topic, ...
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2022 ARRM Events and More

We are excited to announce ARRM’s 2022 event schedule, call for presentations, and sponsorship opportunities! ARRM relies on support of generous partners to create high quality resources for Minnesota's home and community-based service (HCBS) organizations at affordable rates, and we look forward to ...
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This is my third update to the original post about the 2022 DWRS rate increase. I think you'll like this one! To recap, we know that the Legislature passed a schedule of bi-annual rate increases in 2019, beginning in 2022, that will affect wage values and inflationary increases for a few other component ...
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Questions continue to come in regarding the COVID Emergency Temporary Standard and whether it applies to settings that support people with disabilities. According to our contact from MN-OSHA, the rule is based on the services delivered at a particular setting. They offer free consultations to help you ...
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Today, DHS released their guidance for the 2022 rate increase encumbrance report. We have been eagerly waiting for this bulletin to give providers clarity about how they can reward care staff in the last half of 2021 and whether those investments could count towards the encumbrance. The news is good! ...
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