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Pro Tips: Finance & Funding for K-12 Public Schools
A new year brings the K-12 public school budgeting process into full swing as drafts are written, reviewed, revised, and await approval in the months ahead. K-12 school business leaders play a key role in communicating and executing district operations and budgeting.
Q&A: Legal Issues When Schools Reopen
How can schools avoid legal exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic? In August, School Law practitioner John B. Comegno II, Esq. presented a webinar on schools' legal considerations as they set about reopening. Here, John responds to audience questions about that topic.Continue Reading
School-Based Medicaid Billing: Maximizing Your Random Moment Time Study
The Random Moment Time Study (RMTS) is a critical element of both school-based Medicaid Administrative Claiming and Cost Reconciliation and Settlement. However, each state’s implementation of the RMTS determines how it is administered and to what extent individual districts can impact the results. This guide will help you understand what the RMTS is, when it’s used, and to how you can maximize your results.
School-Based Medicaid 101: Enhancing Medicaid Reimbursements for Schools
School-based Medicaid claiming programs enable districts to seek reimbursement through three distinct avenues: Fee-for-Service Billing (otherwise known as Direct Service Billing), School-Based Administrative Claiming, and Cost Reconciliation. Understanding the definitions of each program and how they are related are the first steps to understanding how the cost reconciliation process can impact your district’s revenue.Continue Reading
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How to Leverage Your IEP Service Tracking System for Better Progress Monitoring
School districts need to monitor student progress to assess student outcomes, submit mandated state and federal reports, and in many states, claim Medicaid reimbursements. But progress monitoring can also be used to help identify and support requests for additional staffing needs or pinpoint professional development gaps.Continue Reading
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Is It Legal to Collect Employee Health Data?
As states and schools craft plans for whether and how to reopen, one critical element to such plans is how COVID-19 symptoms and cases are tracked. But you may wonder, is it even legal to collect and track this data?Continue Reading
What School Nurses Want You to Consider Before Re-Opening K-12 Schools During COVID-19
Robin Cogan is a school nurse in Camden, NJ and the author of the blog The Relentless School Nurse. In a recent episode of Frontline’s Field Trip podcast, Robin discussed questions school leaders would need to answer as they consider re-opening. Where do kids go when they don’t feel well, skin their knees, or have a sore throat while at school? To see the nurse, of course. But when schools begin to re-open this fall, school is going to be a much different place.Continue Reading
Navigating Parental Consent for Medicaid
It’s the end of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, and stakeholders have agreed upon related services prescribed to your student. Before the meeting can conclude and the IEP document is finalized for signature, one last form needs to be addressed: parental consent to bill Medicaid. Outside of service logging, this conversation has the largest impact on Medicaid revenue for a school district.Continue Reading
28 Pieces of Advice from School Business Professionals
Pieces of advice from CFOs, Accountants, Payroll Specialists, and other school professionals – some are specific, and others simply remind you to expect the unexpected.Continue Reading
Getting Ahead of the Regulatory Compliance Game
Whether it’s chess or football, the most successful players in any game are the ones who think ahead. If you were to ask the most famous NFL players about whether or not they actively think about the rules of the game while on the field, they might look a bit confused. Because the best players have the rules so engrained in their practice that it becomes second nature.Continue Reading
Best Practices for Service Documentation
In the world of IDEA, documentation is a requirement. However, documentation practices in school districts have no universal standard. This can lead to major problems both for students and districts ― like due process hearings and issues with continuity of service. So, in the absence of universal standards, your district should create best practices of its own. Here is some information to help you get started.Continue Reading