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Ascend conducts services in the following states:

  

CONNECTICUT

PASRR
Ascend partners with, the State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services to perform Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) on individuals who are applying to, or residing in, Medicaid-certified nursing homes. Whenever a decision is made that you, or a person you care about, possibly needs nursing facility care, these federally mandated assessments are used. We also assist the Department with provider compliance monitoring and perform nursing facility Level of Care Determinations.

Specialty Assessments
Ascend also performs other specialty waiver programs. For all onsite, face-to-face evaluations on individuals residing in Connecticut, Ascend contracts with Connecticut-based licensed and experienced clinicians. These professionals have extensive experience in the field of mental health and other disabilities and are fully credentialed and comprehensively trained. With each assessment performed, Ascend’s Quality team monitors performance, measures compliance standards and are vigilant about meticulously reviewing each assessment for accuracy and thoroughness. Ongoing feedback is given to the professionals to address any concerns, maintain fidelity, and enhance assessment quality.

 

IOWA

PASRR Level I & Level II
Since 2011, the Iowa Department of Human Services has contracted with Ascend to preform Level I and Level II on-site evaluations for the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) program. PASRR assessment are performed on individuals who are applying to, or residing in, Medicaid-certified nursing homes. Whenever a decision is made that you, or a person you care about, possibly needs nursing facility care, these federally mandated assessments are used. PASRR’s main goal is to determine whether the nursing home is the appropriate placement for individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities. PASRR also works as a critical function to help match individuals with the care and services they need.

 

INDIANA

PASRR
Ascend partners with the State of Indiana, Family and Social Services Administration to perform Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) Level I screens and Level II IDD evaluations for individuals applying to, or residing in, Medicaid-certified nursing facilities. Whenever a decision is made that you, or a person you care about, possibly needs nursing facility care, these federally mandated assessments are used.

 

MISSISSIPPI

ICAP Interviews
Inventory for Client and Agency Planning (ICAP) interviews are performed for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and used to determine support needs. Ascend’s best practice specialty assessments are grounded in fairness, equity, consistency, fidelity, and respect.

PASRR Level II
In 2012, the Mississippi Department of Medicaid contracted with Ascend to perform Level II on-site evaluations for the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) program. PASRR assessments are performed on individuals who are applying to, or residing in, Medicaid-certified nursing homes. Whenever a decision is made that you, or a person you care about, possibly needs nursing facility care, these federally mandated assessments are used. PASRR’s main goal is to determine whether the nursing home is the appropriate placement for individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities. PASRR also works as a critical function to help match individuals with the care and services they need.

 

NEBRASKA

PASRR Level I & Level II
Since 2006, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health Services, has contracted with Ascend to perform Level I and Level II on-site evaluations for the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) program. PASRR assessments are performed on individuals who are applying to, or residing in, Medicaid-certified nursing homes. Whenever a decision is made that you, or a person you care about, possibly needs nursing facility care, these federally mandated assessments are used. PASRR’s main goal is to determine whether the nursing home is the appropriate placement for individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or development disabilities. PASRR also works as a critical function to help match individuals with the care and services they need.

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Since 2003, Ascend has provided evaluation services for several programs for the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Medical Services Division, including:

PASRR Level I & Level II
Ascend performs Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) Level I screens and Level II evauluations on individuals who are applying to, or residing in, Medicaid-certified nursing homes. This federally mandated assessment process is used to determine whether the nursing home is the appropriate placement for individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities. PASRR also functions as an essential method to help match individuals with the care and services they need.
Money Follows the Person
Ascend conducts the initial screening for eligibility (Level of Care) and makes determinations regarding denials for this transition program.

Children with Medically Fragile Needs
This waiver covers children with high medical needs. Ascend reviews Level of Care screens and notification letters are sent to all parties.

Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
The PACE program offers services for individuals living in the community. Ascend reviews Level of Care screens and sends notification letters to all parties.

Personal Care
Personal Care provides services associated with activities of daily living to individuals living in the community to help them maintain independence. Ascend reviews screens to determine the Level of Care and provides notification letters to all parties.

Home and Community Based Services
This program offers services to provide an alternative to institutional placement for individuals with defined needs. Ascend performs Level of Care screens and sends notification letters to all parties.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The TBI waiver provides services to individuals who have TBI and would otherwise be eligible to be admitted to a nursing facility. Ascend performs Level of Care screens annually and send notification letters to all parties.

Under 21 Psychiatric Services
Ascend conducts and manages Certificate of Need review and decisions for admissions of children under age 21 with mental health and substance abuse diagnoses seeking admission or continued stays in acute psychiatric and residential treatment centers. Ascend conducts elective, emergency, and retrospective utilization reviews for persons under the age of 21.

Ascend’s expert clinicians also performs Medical Long Term Care Utilization Review (admission and continued stay reviews) for several other services provided by the State of North Dakota. For each of these services, Ascend has provided extensive training to all providers.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

SIS®
Since 2007, The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Developmental Programs has contracted with Ascend to perform Supports Intensity Scale (SIS®) assessments. Ascend conducts an average of 8,000 SIS assessments each year on a statewide basis in Pennsylvania. SIS assessments are performed on individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and used to determine support needs. In conjunction with the SIS, Ascend clinicians complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of the evaluation, and a Satisfaction Survey about our services is sent after the evaluation. Ascend’s best-practice specialty assessments are grounded in fairness, equity, consistency, fidelity, and respect.

 

TENNESSEE

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health, the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and TennCare contract with Ascend to perform the following specialty assessment services:

  • Level II on-site evaluations for the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) program (since 2005)
  • Inventory for Client and Agency Planning (ICAP) (since 2004)
  • Supports Intensity Scale (SIS®) (since 2012)
  • TennCare Choices Program Level of Care Denial Assessments

PASRR
PASRR assessments are performed on individuals who are applying to or residing in Medicaid-certified nursing homes. These federally mandated assessments are used whenever a decision is made that you, or a person you care about, possibly needs nursing facility care. PASRR’s main goal is to determine whether the nursing home is the appropriate placement for individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities. PASRR also functions as an essential method to help match individuals with the care and services they need.

SIS®
The SIS assessments are performed on individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and used to determine support needs. Ascend’s best-practice specialty assessments are grounded in fairness, equity, consistency, fidelity, and respect.

TennCare’s CHOICES
TennCare's CHOICES is a waiver program that assists individuals residing in a long term care setting to move into the community. The CHOICES program is based upon meeting specific criteria. If, in the initial assessment, it is decided that an individual does not meet the criteria, Ascend will follow up with an evaluation to ensure accuracy of the original decision.

 

VIRGINIA

PASRR Level II
Since 2001, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has contracted with Ascend to perform Level II on-site evaluations for the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) program. PASRR assessments are performed on individuals who are applying to or residing in Medicaid-certified nursing homes. Whenever a decision is made that you, or a person you care about, possibly needs nursing facility care, these federally mandated assessments are used. PASRR’s main goal is to determine whether the nursing home is the appropriate placement for individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities. PASRR also functions as an essential method to help match individuals with the care and services they need.

SIS®
Since 2014, Ascend has contracted with Virginia to provide Supports Intensity Scale (SIS®) assessments. The SIS assessments are performed on individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and used to determine support needs. Ascend’s best-practice specialty assessments are grounded in fairness, equity, consistency, fidelity, and respect.