The Interagency Rates Committee (IRC) is currently involved in revising Maryland's rate-setting process. As indicated in the IRC response to the Joint Chairmen's Report on the FY 2014 State Operating Budget and the State Capital Budget and related Recommendations, it was recommended that Maryland rethink its current rate system in order to better align service needs with an appropriate rate structure (see link to report below).
The IRC determined that a multi-phase process was necessary to complete this work. The goal of the IRC to engage in an ambitious, collaborative process that will enable Maryland to reform the current rate setting system in order to continue to move forward was initiated.
Rate reform efforts began through a series of workgroups to facilitate the planning and development of recommendations for the reform process. The goal was to share information, analyze data, engage in collaborative discussion, and develop recommendations for a revised rate setting system. Workgroups charged with the various elements of the work were developed. Membership of these workgroups included private providers, stakeholders, State Agencies, and national experts to focus on each of the core elements of the rate setting system.
Levels of Care:
Providers were recently invited to sign up and participate on sub-groups that will focus on the
development of Levels of Care. This sub-group is meeting on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:30. Participating providers have been notified ofthe meeting location.
Technical Assistance Forums:
The IRC invited providers to engage in a conversation about their technical assistance needs and the most effective ways to provide technical assistance. Forums were held on July 27 and July 28, 2016.