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Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program Reports Meeting Goal, Could Recover Additional Revenues, Report No. 03-02, January 2003
 
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The Department of Health’s Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program helps people with traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries return to their homes or other community-based living. We found
  • that, although the program reported meeting its Legislative performance goal, it lacks reliable data to assess performance accurately;
  • however, other data reveals that clients are generally satisfied with services; and
  • the program should improve efficiency and effectiveness by modifying case management reimbursement practices for Medicaid clients.  In addition the program should shift all case management functions for waiver clients from program employees to Medicaid support coordinators.
We estimated that the program would recover an additional $238,000 per year in federal funds by filing for Medicaid reimbursement for adult clients as well as reduce trust fund costs of $59,900 for children’s services. The program could also avoid the cost of $309,000 in its 2003-04 Legislative Budget Request for seven additional positions.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Health

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-66 Progress Report: Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program Improves Data Reliability, But Should Increase Medicaid Reimbursements, published in September 2004.
  • Report No. 03-25 Justification Review: Emergency Medical Services Program Should Improve Provider Compliance with Safety Standards,  published in April 2003.
  • Report No. 98-04 Program Evaluation and Justification Review of the Rehabilitation Program Administered by the Department of Labor and Employment Security, published in July 1998.
  • Report No. 97-53 Review of the Fiscal Year 1996-97 Performance of the Department of Labor and Employment Security's Rehabilitation Program Compared to General Appropriations Act Performance Standards, published in February 1998.
  • Report No. 97-32 Follow-up Report on the Review of the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program Administered by the Department of Labor and Employment Security, published in January 1998.
  • Report No. 95-23 Review of the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program Within the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation of the Department of Labor and Employment Security, published in January 1996.

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