Medicaid Functional Eligibility Instrument (2014)
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has contracted with CRADO to develop a Medicaid Functional Eligibility Instrument (MFEI). The MFEI will be used to determine eligibility and support needs for Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for customers who have physical disabilities (PD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), or who are frail elders (FE). The nursing home population will also be included. CRADO is partnering with Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) and staff from the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) to complete this project.
Focus groups were held around the state at the beginning of the project to gather community input and the MFEI Advisory Workgroup provides ongoing feedback and support. A draft MFEI has been developed and is currently being tested in different regions of the state. Revisions are being made as needed. Our team will also provide in-depth training to Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) assessors statewide on the final MFEI.
This work has recently been expanded to develop an instrument to determine the need for LTSS for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). CRADO is continuing to partner with RTCI/IL and KUMC. The MFEI-I/DD will be used to determine eligibility for I/DD services, including intermediate care facilities (ICF-I/DD) and home and community based services (HCBS-I/DD) programs.
Focus groups will be conducted and an Advisory Workgroup has been convened. Upon selection of a base assessment instrument, the MFEI-I/DD will be developed and tested throughout the state.