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MSB New Hampshire Newsletter | May 2013



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Senior Program Specialist

MSB is pleased to announce that Kim Tortoriello recently accepted the position of Sr. Program Specialist.  Kim has spent the majority of her time with MSB as a Program Specialist in Maine and Vermont, and will now be leading MSB's Program Specialist teams in New Hampshire and Massachusetts as well.   


NHASEA Spring Conference

Directors Corner
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Kim and her daughter, Violet
Kim Tortoriello, Senior Program Specialist

As the end of the school year approaches, a shared refrain can often be heard among educators: "There are just not enough hours in the day!" Perhaps we can help.  At MSB, we subscribe to the philosophy that it truly takes a village to raise a child. We take great pride in being part of your "village" through our partnership and we strive to relieve a bit of your administrative burden so educators may spend more time with kids. We are committed to this vision and believe the success of all our children depends on it.


Why not plan a little spring cleaning for your school district by meeting with your MSB Program Specialist?  We stand ready and determined to help your district maximize Medicaid reimbursement and find the tools that will make all of those varied tasks that educators juggle daily a little easier to manage.


Having worked as a Program Specialist in Maine for many years, I am looking forward to branching out and working more closely with our clients in New Hampshire within my new role as Senior Program Specialist.  As a parent and former teacher, I feel very fortunate to come in contact with such committed and inspired educators and administrators every day as I meet with our clients throughout New England. I'm looking forward to seeing you and helping you to find a few more hours in the day. Happy Spring! 

New Service: List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE)

MSB is pleased to announce a new service for our New Hampshire customers! With provider information including names and dates of birth MSB is able to search for district employees that have been excluded from participating in Medicaid reimbursement programs. For more information please contact Steve Courter.  To read more about your district's responsibilities related to LEIE please visit the OIG's Exclusions FAQs.
Specialized Transportation and OOD

With the recent changes to the NH Medicaid to Schools Program regulations related to specialized transportation billing, districts are now required to demonstrate that for any date the district bills for specialized transportation services, another documented covered service must occur.


These changes require a heightened sense of urgency on the part of districts where students are receiving specialized transportation services to out-of-district or off-site locations ("OOD") to receive covered services.  Without documentation of services, cost and other staff information from the OOD locations, districts are unable to legitimately submit transportation claims.


MSB is excited about our perception of a growing interest and focus on the part of districts to communicate with the OODs as to what the Medicaid requirements are and to hold them accountable for reporting this information to the districts.  MSB is aware that at least one regional directors' group is actively developing a standardized agreement with specific language related to the OODs responsibilities for Medicaid information that is needed by the districts. 


MSB will partner with your district to help expedite and support your efforts to educate and inform the OODs as to their responsibilities.  We are very willing to provide support to ensure that districts are able to maximize their reimbursements for both specialized transportation billing and for other covered services provided by OODs.  Please contact Steve Courter for more information.  

End of year Lumea reminders:

For those districts using Lumea, here are some end of the year reminders:

  1. Make sure Service Providers have logged and posted all sessions for Medicaid covered services provided
  2. Make sure Team Leaders have reviewed and posted sessions for those service providers in their Team Leader caseloads
  3. Make sure Administrators have performed Student Identity Verification so these pending kids are made active and are billable
  4. Make sure Administrators have set the "Okay to Bill Medicaid" flag to yes for those students you wish to bill
  5. Make sure Administrators have filled in updated parental consent date ranges (for districts tracking parent consent dates in Lumea)
  6. Make sure Administrators have updated the District of Liability fields (you can now track historical DOLs in Lumea - remember not to remove previous date ranges, but add new date ranges when the DOL changes)
  7. Make sure Administrators have updated Provider Credential date ranges


For a complete list, please do not hesitate to contact your Program Specialist.

Adori Super User Forums

Please join us for an interactive, open discussion about proposed improved functionality for Adori goals and objectives.  MSB plans to host a series of very targeted "focus groups" with our Adori users to identify and propose enhancements to the areas that you use most.  We have heard the suggestions and now we are in a position to invite you to be a part of the discussion.  


The forums are targeted for those who use the IEP and Goals and Objectives work spaces most frequently. 


Please go to this link to sign up for the Adori Super User Forum.