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3/3/14  8:40 pm
Commenter: Ken Freund

Primary Caregiver
 

In 1710, A, 9 - Recommend ending this paragraph at "available".  "Emergency situation" is not defined.  The primary caregiver should have the flexibility to use the backup plan as necessary without having to worry about whetrher or not DMAS would deem it to be an emergency situation.  In like manner, 1730, A, 25 - recommend adding "or otherwise unavailable"  to the list.  If the primary caregiver had a medical or other appointment of their own and an appropriate backup was available, then per this sentence the primary caregiver could not leave because they personally were not ill, incapacitated or using respite.


3/3/14  8:58 pm
Commenter: Ken Freund

AT and EM Comment
 

I still believe these two programs are written in an overly restrictive manner and do not provide the individual with the waiver adequate flexibility and self-direction to meet their needs.  There are many restrictions for a part of the waiver that is a small fraction of the nursing costs, and as a result, there are limited options and even fewer providers. These programs are critical for successful, safe, independent living and the patient should have a better voice in making the determination of how best to spend this resource.


3/3/14  9:35 pm
Commenter: Ken Freund, Primary Caregiver

Missed Shifts
 

It is greatly appreciated that missed shifts will now be able to be made up within 72 hours after the shift is missed in 1720, B 1, C.  However, paragraphs C, (5) places significant restrictions on making up the shifts by requiring that the shifts be made up within a Sunday to Saturday week.  Not sure why this restriction was added but suggest removing it.  Also paragraphs C (5) and C (6) bothstill state maximum of 16 hours per day.  However, for those patients with 16 hours per day making up a shift will lead to more than 16 hours in a day when a shift is made up.  Recommend clarifying that the 16 hour limit may be exceeeded when a shift is made up.


3/10/14  1:53 pm
Commenter: Anne Sullivan

Reconsider PDN Missed Shifts
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

As you can see, those receiving PDN 16 hours per day are still not afforded the opportunity to make up missed shifts as the ‘shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason’ has not been removed from the regulation.  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/10/14  1:53 pm
Commenter: Allie Sabo

Making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

As you can see, those receiving PDN 16 hours per day are still not afforded the opportunity to make up missed shifts as the ‘shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason’ has not been removed from the regulation.  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

 


3/10/14  6:59 pm
Commenter: Laurel Conneely

Needed changes for TW regs
 

I have cared for patients covered under this waiver and supervised nurses dedicated to caring for these patients. This change is not a luxury for a family trying to rip off the government, this is simply to allow families to use care that they were authorized to receive and unable to use due primarily to a shortage of nurses qualified and willing to work for the least amount of pay offered in the nursing field.  Please help these families!


3/10/14  7:20 pm
Commenter: Jason Linck

Reconsider making up PDN missed shifts...
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

As you can see, those receiving PDN 16 hours per day are still not afforded the opportunity to make up missed shifts as the ‘shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason’ has not been removed from the regulation.  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in your final regulation.


3/10/14  10:29 pm
Commenter: Martha Hogan MD , Virginia Pediatric and Adolescent Center

comment on bill 6470..make up shifts missed
 


I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

As you can see, those receiving PDN 16 hours per day are still not afforded the opportunity to make up missed shifts as the ‘shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason’ has not been removed from the regulation.  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

Martha Hogan


3/11/14  5:54 am
Commenter: Debra Davidson

Make up of missed shifts
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

As you can see, those receiving PDN 16 hours per day are still not afforded the opportunity to make up missed shifts as the ‘shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason’ has not been removed from the regulation.  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  6:44 am
Commenter: Stephanie Kohn

Missed Make up Shifts
 

To Whom it may concern,

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

As you can see, those receiving PDN 16 hours per day are still not afforded the opportunity to make up missed shifts as the ‘shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason’ has not been removed from the regulation.  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

Respectfully,

Stephanie Kohn

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3/11/14  8:17 am
Commenter: Susan Schools

16 Hours of Nursing Coverage & Missed Shifts
 

As a relative of a family who is affected by recent decisions, I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

As you can see, those receiving PDN 16 hours per day are still not afforded the opportunity to make up missed shifts as the ‘shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason’ has not been removed from the regulation.  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I live here in the Richmond area and would be more than willing to sit down to talk with you about this particular request and why the change is needed.  I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in your final regulation.


3/11/14  12:21 pm
Commenter: Erika Gavan

Making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

As you can see, those receiving PDN 16 hours per day are still not afforded the opportunity to make up missed shifts as the ‘shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason’ has not been removed from the regulation.  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  12:40 pm
Commenter: Kathie Borkowski Pediatric Homecare RN

16 Hours of Nursing Coverage & Missed Shifts
 

As a Pediatric RN who has dedicated most of my 24 year career caring for children on this waver, I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

As you can see, those receiving PDN 16 hours per day are still not afforded the opportunity to make up missed shifts as the ‘shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason’ has not been removed from the regulation.  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

Prior to becoming an RN, I was blessed with my own medically fragile child.  Sadly, she died at the young age of 2. It is extremely disappointing to see (30 years later) that families are still facing such easily rectified issues regarding the care of their children at home.

I live just outside of Richmond, please consider sitting down to talk with some of us about these much needed changes. I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in your final regulation.


3/11/14  1:41 pm
Commenter: Barbara Birmingham

Missed shifts for those receiving 16 hrs nursing per daya
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

As you can see, those receiving PDN 16 hours per day are still not afforded the opportunity to make up missed shifts as the ‘shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason’ has not been removed from the regulation.  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  5:11 pm
Commenter: Dave Kalinock

Missed shifts/make up
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

 


3/11/14  5:11 pm
Commenter: Joy Matkowsky

16 hours of nursing service and missed shifts
 

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I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

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3/11/14  5:20 pm
Commenter: Katie Moore

16 hours of Nursing Care and Missed Shifts
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation.

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue. However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts.

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day. Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home. To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable. This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours. Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families. The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  5:31 pm
Commenter: Gail Kinsey

Missed shifts
 

To Whom It May Concern,

  Shame on you!

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation.

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue. However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts.

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day. Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home. To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable. This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours. Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families. The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.Do the right thing!

Gail Kinsey

 


3/11/14  5:53 pm
Commenter: Sheri Jackson

Missed Shifts
 

 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  5:55 pm
Commenter: Rich Gillum

Missed Nursing Shifts
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation.

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue. However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts.

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day. Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

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3/11/14  6:17 pm
Commenter: Delores Rivera, RN

Missed shifts
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts.   

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system. 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows: 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  6:39 pm
Commenter: Lori Flemming

missed shifts
 

I am very dissapointed to hear that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those recieving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implimented in the final stage of this regulation. familys that have to realy on home care for their loved ones are not even given a peiod of one week to make up the shift lost . These children cannot be left unatended, and you are leaving the family to get by without sleep or work because of this. As I have been a private duty nurse for a good time of my working life . I can tell you that it is not safe . and not fair . You need to push this through for the safeties sake . Thank you ,

                                                                                                                     Lori Flemming


3/11/14  7:01 pm
Commenter: Monica Park

Missed Nursing Shifts
 

Dear SIrs:

 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts.

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

Sincerely,
Monica Park

3/11/14  7:01 pm
Commenter: leslie torbett

Missed Shifts
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  7:18 pm
Commenter: Kendyl Massey

Missed Nursing Shifts
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.


3/11/14  7:24 pm
Commenter: Katie Schuman

Missed Nursing Shifts
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  7:55 pm
Commenter: Mark L. Clark

Hardships & Missed Shifts
 
I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 
 
When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’
 
  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 
 
While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.
 
Please help!

3/11/14  8:09 pm
Commenter: Cynthia Wray Spain

Makeup Missed Nursing shifts
 

To Whom It May Concern:

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

Hoping you will do the right thing,

 

Cynthia Wray Spain

 


3/11/14  8:16 pm
Commenter: Nancy Sasaki

PDN hours
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  8:40 pm
Commenter: Julie Green

16 hours of Nursing Coverage and Missed Shifts
 
I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 
 
When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’
 
  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 
 
 
 
While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.
 
 
 
As a reminder, the original request was as follows:
 
 
 
When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.
 
In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.
 
I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

3/11/14  8:42 pm
Commenter: Andrew Cooke

16 Hours Nursing Coverage and Missed Shifts
 
I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 
 
When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’
 
  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 
 
 
 
While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.
 
 
 
As a reminder, the original request was as follows:
 
 
 
When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.
 
In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.
 
I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

3/11/14  9:01 pm
Commenter: Bonnie J. Dalbey

Medicare Support for children with severe disabilities
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.  I urge you to reconsider the needed changes needed for these special children.


3/11/14  9:03 pm
Commenter: Dorotha Schnebly

Missing Nurse Shifts
 
I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursijng care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 
 
When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’
 
  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 
 
 
 
While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

3/11/14  9:06 pm
Commenter: Marian Hoelscher

Missed Nursing Shifts
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  9:13 pm
Commenter: Pam Smuzynski

Private Duty Nursing Care
 


I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

 

 


3/11/14  9:28 pm
Commenter: Kim Cherington

Please consider
 
I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 
 
When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’
 
  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 
 
 
 
While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.
 
 
 
As a reminder, the original request was as follows:
 
 
 
When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.
 
In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.
 
I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

3/11/14  9:32 pm
Commenter: Karen Lowe

Missed Nursing Shifts
 
I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 
 
When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’
 
  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 
 
While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.
 
As a reminder, the original request was as follows:
 
When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.
 
In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.
 
I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

3/11/14  9:42 pm
Commenter: Anne Logan

Making up missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

 
When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’
 
  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 
 
 
 
While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.
 
 
 
As a reminder, the original request was as follows:
 
 
 
When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.
 
In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.
 
I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.
 

3/11/14  9:51 pm
Commenter: Annette Perry

Making up missed nursing shifts
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation.

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue. However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts.

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day. Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 


3/11/14  9:55 pm
Commenter: Meg Phillips

Please reconsider
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  10:13 pm
Commenter: Julianna Schatz

Please take action
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation.

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue. However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts.

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day. Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home. To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable. This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours. Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families. The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  10:36 pm
Commenter: Michael Fattibene

PLEASE RECONSIDER!
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/11/14  10:52 pm
Commenter: Sherry Gillum

Please reconsider
 
I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 
 
When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: "In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted", it appears on the surface to address the issue. However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: "(5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason."
 
Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 
 
While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.
 
As a reminder, the original request was as follows:
 
When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don't need the "make up" hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs/day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.
 
In addition, it's recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same - in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs - this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.
 
I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

3/12/14  5:40 am
Commenter: Kelly Jacobs

Please Reconsider!!
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/12/14  5:58 am
Commenter: David Ropper

Change to private duty nursing care - missed shifts
 
I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 
 
When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’
 
  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 
 
 
 
While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.
 
 
 
As a reminder, the original request was as follows:
 
 
 
When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.
 
In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.
 
I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

3/12/14  6:19 am
Commenter: Nancy Klein

Nursing Shifts
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.


3/12/14  8:39 am
Commenter: Maria Montalvo

Please act on this
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.




3/12/14  8:58 am
Commenter: Debbie Cully

Waiver Hours
 

 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation.

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue. However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts.

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day. Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home. To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable. This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours. Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families. The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.

 


3/12/14  9:37 am
Commenter: Susan Boyle

Hardships imposed on families with disabilities and nurses trying to care for them
 

I am disappointed to learn that the changes proposed during the public comment period last year regarding the making up of missed shifts for those receiving 16 hours of private duty nursing care per day were not implemented in the final stage of this regulation. 

When the Town Hall Agency Background Document states: ‘In response to comments received during the comment period, the changes being made in the final stage are: (i) the making up of authorized private duty nursing care within the same week is permitted’, it appears on the surface to address the issue.  However, the wording in the updated regulation states the following: (5) The making up or trading of any missed [ scheduled shifts, days or authorized ] hours of care may be done within [ 72 hours the same week (Sunday through Saturday) ] of the missed scheduled shift but the total hours made up, including for any day, shall not exceed 16 hours per day for any reason.’

  Not only does this change not address the previously made comments, it allows those who could already make up a missed shift within 72 hours to now have a full week to make up their missed shifts. 

 

While this change from the proposed stage to the final stage may seem minor or inconsequential in its impact, I would argue that omitting the proposed comments from last year is, and has been, a substantial impact to those on the waiver - especially targeting those receiving PDN 16 hours of nursing coverage a day.  Ironically, these are the same children who have been designated as the most severely impacted by their disabilities according to this same system.

 

As a reminder, the original request was as follows:

 

When a PDN shift is missed, there are additional hardships placed on the parents/caregivers in the home.  To suggest that families whose children receive 16 hours of care per day don’t need the ‘make up’ hours is unconscionable.  This limitation should be removed and those cases receiving 16 hrs of PDN should be given the same opportunity to make up missed shifts within 72 hours.  Their need to make up missed shifts is no less than those (families who receive less than 16 hrs./day of care) who are already permitted to make up missed shifts.

In addition, it’s recommended that PDN hours be allocated on a weekly basis in lieu of a daily basis which would allow for increased flexibility to better provide for the varied needs of the recipient families.  The total number of hours used on a weekly basis would remain the same – in this case 112 (16 hrs/day x 7 days/wk), but allow for families to use them in the way that best fits their needs -- this would also allow for minor adjustments to schedules affected by missed shifts.

I strongly urge you to reconsider including these changes in the final regulation.