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Chapter 16: Performance Based Contracts and MOAs
Chapter 16: Performance Based Contracts
and Memoranda of Agreement
The following standards support activities that are:
• designated in statute and rule,
• necessary to accomplish implementation as outlined in statute and rule, and
• necessary to establish and maintain a high level quality of care.
Standards and Criteria
Standard 16.1 All Healthy Start direct services dollars allocated through the Healthy Start coalitions will be dispensed through contracts or memoranda of agreement.
16.1.a All contracts and/or memoranda of agreement entered into between the Healthy Start coalition and providers of direct Healthy Start participant services will contain the specified elements of a performance based contract as described in the Contract Management System for Contractual Services (75AMP2), Section VII.B.
16.1.b The agreed upon performance measures between the Department of Health and the Healthy Start coalition will be incorporated, when appropriate, into contracts and/or memoranda of agreement the coalition enters into with providers of direct Healthy Start participant services.
16.1.c All services purchased through contracts and/or memoranda of agreement will meet the requirements of legislative intent and Department of Health policy and will be provided in accordance with the standards contained in the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines.
16.1.d All contracts and/or memoranda of agreement entered between the Healthy Start coalition and providers of direct Healthy Start participant services will within 30 days of execution be submitted to the Department of Health and reviewed for required contract and service elements and quality standards.
Background History of MCH Funding in Florida: In 1977, Maternal and Child Health Improved Pregnancy Outcome funds were originally allocated to fund services to women in five rural counties where prenatal care services were not available. As the program went statewide and all health departments began offering prenatal care services, allocations were based on need factors such as the number of low-income women of childbearing age and the number of births in each county.
Healthy Start Standards & Guidelines 2007 The last increase in Maternal and Child Health funds in the Improved Pregnancy Outcome category was approximately $1.1 million in 1987-88. These funds were allocated based on the number of women by county reporting no prenatal care and the number of low birth weight babies by county.
Another source of funds, Aid to Local Government /Improved Pregnancy Outcome, was allocated in 1982 based on need factors such as the number of low-income women of childbearing age and the number of births in each county. The last increase in this funding was approximately $1.35 million in 1988-89. This increase was allocated according to the percentage of total Improved Pregnancy Outcome funding the county health department received in the 1987-88 allocation.
Healthy Start funds (initially identified as “enhanced services funds”) were initially allocated in the last quarter of FY 1991-92 based on a formula weighted 65 percent on the number of high risk prenatal cases and 35 percent on the number of high risk postnatal (infant) cases identified through Healthy Start screening. New Healthy Start funds appropriated in FY 1992-93 and FY1993-94 were allocated based on the same formula as above. Base funding, the amount of funds provided in the previous year, was provided in the same amounts each successive year. Only new funds were allocated by formula.
In FY 1994-95, the formula was modified and new funds were allocated based on a formula weighted 65 percent on the number of high risk prenatal cases, 30 percent on high risk postnatal cases, 2.5 percent on county land area and 2.5 percent on price level differentials. This same formula was used to distribute the FY 1995-96 Healthy Start increases.
In 2006 and 2007, new Healthy Start funds appropriated by the legislature, were allocated based on the “Zimmerman method”, 1% to all coalition catchment areas and the remaining funds according to the proportion of the current base funding.
A Healthy Start Allocation Workgroup, established in 2002, consisting of representatives from the Department of Health, the Florida Association of County Health Officers and the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions was convened to revisit the formula for allocation of Healthy Start funding. This workgroup is currently active and is working toward a revised allocation methodology for Healthy Start direct service funds.
Funding for Community Based Prenatal and Infant Health Care Coalitions planning and administration began in FY 1992-93. Each coalition receives an annual amount of up to $150,000 through contract with the Department of Health, which is the cap set under s.
383.216, F.S. This includes $87,500 in General Revenue and $67,500 in Medicaid administrative match.
Current Funding for MCH in Florida: The Healthy Start coalitions annually determine how all Healthy Start funds appropriated for Healthy Start women and children and direct service dollars appropriated under the Improved Pregnancy Outcome and Child Health (under age 1) budget appropriation categories are used in each of their service delivery areas. The coalitions award these funds through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the county health department or through a contract with the county health department or any other qualified provider or combination of providers.
Chapter 16: Performance Based Contracts and MOAs
Section 20.19 (1)(b), F. S., requires the department to create a five-year strategic plan that establishes a set of measurable goals and objectives and operational performance standards. Effective July 1,1996, all contracts entered into by the department must contain a set of measurable and objective performance standards by which the contract provider’s performance will be evaluated. The requirements for these performancebased contracts are outlined in Section VII.B. of the Contract Management System for Contractual Services (75AMP2).
Medicaid Waiver Funding: In 2001, the State of Florida, Department of Health, was awarded a Section 1915 (b)(1) Healthy Start Medicaid Managed Care waiver under the Medipass Program. This waiver consists of two components: care management of women eligible for Medicaid due to their pregnancy (MomCare program); and Healthy Start services for an increase in the duration and intensity of service provision to Healthy Start women and children.
Healthy Start coalitions can administer the MomCare Program, contract with county health departments, or, on approval of the Department of Health, may contract with other providers for the provision of these services. If the coalition decides to contract these services to a county health departments or community provider, the performance measures, tasks, and deliverables must be passed on to the contracted provider to assure that departmental reports and deliverables can be met.
The increase in duration and intensity of services to Healthy Start women and children is the basis behind the 2001 changes that occurred in the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines. The waiver states both desired specific cost savings for the State and also
addresses desired positive programmatic outcomes in such areas as:
Required areas to be included in coalition performance based contract or MOA:
A. Outreach All standards described in the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines, Chapter 2, must be listed or referenced. Responsibilities for each of the components of outreach should be specified.
Healthy Start Standards & Guidelines 2007 B. Prenatal and Well Child Clinical Care Reference should be made to standards of care for prenatal and well child medical care. A statement that prenatal and child health care should be provided with Healthy Start funds only if there are no other sources of payment (e.g., Medicaid, insurance, county funds) should be included in each coalition performance based contract or MOA.
C. Healthy Start Prenatal and Postnatal Screening The county health department responsibilities as outlined in rule 64F-3.002, F.A.C., must be listed as well as all standards described in the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines, Chapter 3.
A statement should be included that indicates that the designated agency for Healthy Start care coordination must report on a regular basis to the Healthy Start coalition the names of the providers in the community who need to improve their screening rates.
A statement should be included when the Healthy Start coalition delegates an entity to engage in activities to encourage an increased rate of screening in the community, such as visiting providers, providing education about Healthy Start screening to providers and the community, and following up on providers who are not screening.
D. Healthy Start Care Coordination All standards described in the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines, Chapter 4, must be listed or referenced.
The following are examples of performance measures:
♦ At least 90 % of Healthy Start participants will receive an Initial Contact, or an attempt to contact, within 5 working days of receipt of screen.
♦ At least 80 % of Healthy Start participants determined to be in need of an Initial Assessment will receive an Initial Assessment, or an attempt to assess, within 10 working days of an initial contact.
♦ At least 80 percent of the participants in the educational components of Healthy Start services will demonstrate increased knowledge as indicated on periodic pre and post tests for group or class efforts.
E. Healthy Start Services All standards described in the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines, Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 21 must be listed or referenced. This will include qualifications of specific staff identified in the relevant chapters of the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines.
The following is an example of a performance measure:
♦ At least 50 percent of participants that start classes complete them.
F. Quality Management (QM)/Program Improvement (PI) Evaluation All standards described in the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines, Chapter 17, must be listed or referenced.
A statement must be added that indicates the provider acknowledges and agrees that its performance under this contract or MOA must meet the specified standards contained in the contract or MOA, and that, if the provider fails to meet those standards, the coalition, at its exclusive option, may allow a specified time period for the provider to achieve compliance with the standards. If the coalition affords the provider an opportunity to achieve compliance and the provider fails to achieve compliance within the specified time period, the coalition reserves the right to terminate the contract in the absence of any extenuating or mitigating circumstances.
A statement must be included assuring that the contracted Healthy Start service provider has an internal QM/PI system in place. The provider will report these findings to the coalition on a quarterly basis.
Language should be included that outlines a grievance procedure for contracted providers in the event that they have grievance with the coalition.
Language must be included that describes the manner in which the contract or MOA will be monitored and evaluated and which reports, records, and documents will be used in conducting the evaluation. There must be a statement that describes Quality Management/Program Improvement (QM/PI) activities to be conducted, how often they will be conducted, and by whom. It is recommended that on-site monitoring be done no less frequently than once a year. The coalition will assure that each provider has a functioning QM/PI process by conducting programmatic monitoring at least once a year and more frequently if deemed appropriate.
A statement must be included that describes how follow-up will be accomplished through the submission of a performance improvement plan, particularly in the event that the provider fails to meet the performance standards.
G. Reporting Provision should be made for providing documentation to verify that funds expended were for Healthy Start services. Existing state reports can be used to meet this requirement when reports are determined to be timely (within 45 days) and accurate. The coalition and the provider should negotiate which reports will be necessary in the event that state reports are not available. In the event that this should occur, the coalition and provider will negotiate any necessary locally generated reports and the costs incurred with producing them.
All standards described in the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines, Chapter 18, must be listed or referenced.
Healthy Start Standards & Guidelines 2007 H. Enforcement Provider reports should be reviewed on a quarterly basis or more frequently if a performance improvement plan has been initiated.
References Section 383.011, F.S., Administration of Maternal & Child Health Programs Section 383.14, F.S., Screening for Metabolic Disorders, Other Hereditary and Congenital Disorders, and Environmental Risk Factors Section 383.216, F.S., Community-based Prenatal and Infant Health Care Chapter 64F-3, F.A.C., Healthy Start Care Coordination Chapter 64F-2, F.A.C., Healthy Start Coalitions Chapter 64C-7, F.A.C., Prenatal and Postnatal Risk Screening and Infant Screening for Metabolic, Hereditary, and Congenital Disorders Contract Management System for Contractual Services (75AMP2), Section VII.B., Performance Contracting Work Statement Format Performance Based Contract Sample Performance Based Contract Sample Performance Based Memorandum of Agreement Frequently Asked Questions Q. Are there other fiscal issues, aside from the accountability issue, that providers and coalitions should address while negotiating MOAs or contracts?
A. Yes, there is a series of questions that should be asked.