Long-term services and supports (LTSS) manual

AREP Screens for Long-Term Care cases

Revised Date: 
January 3, 2014

Purpose: For LTC services, an ACES award letter is required in order for the provider to bill correctly and receive the correct amount of participation from the individual. Each change in service, participation or living arrangement requires a new award letter. AREP screens are also completed when the individual has an authorized representative such as a guardian, power of attorney, attorney, protective payees or other representatives handling the individual's affairs. In addition to the individual's representative and advocates, some institutions need to be indicated on the AREP screen for correct payment and billing through SSPS, or Provider One. State Institutions that bill through Financial Service Administration (FSA) are also indicated on the AREP screen.

WAC 182-500-0010 Medical assistance definitions -- A.

Effective February 6, 2016

"Administrative renewal" means the agency uses electronically available income data sources to verify and recertify a person's Washington apple health benefits for a subsequent certification period. A case is administratively renewed when the person's self-attested income is reasonably compatible (as defined in WAC 182-500-0095) with the information available to the agency from the electronic data sources and the person meets citizenship, immigration, Social Security number, and age requirements.

"Agency" or "medicaid agency" means the Washington state health care authority (HCA).

"Agency's designee" means any entity expressly designated by the agency to act on its behalf.

"Allowable costs" are the documented costs as reported after any cost adjustment, cost disallowances, reclassifications, or reclassifications to nonallowable costs which are necessary, ordinary and related to the outpatient care of medical care clients or not expressly declared nonallowable by applicable statutes or regulations. Costs are ordinary if they are of the nature and magnitude which prudent and cost-conscious management would pay.

"Alternative benefits plan" means the range of health care services included within the scope of service categories described in WAC 182-501-0060 available to persons eligible to receive health care coverage under the Washington apple health modified adjusted gross income (MAGI)-based adult coverage described in WAC 182-505-0250.

"Ancillary services" means additional services ordered by the provider to support the core treatment provided to the patient. These services may include, but are not limited to, laboratory services, radiology services, drugs, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.

"Apple health for kids" is the umbrella term for health care coverage for certain groups of children that is funded by the state and federal governments under Title XIX medicaid programs, Title XXI Children's Health Insurance Program, or solely through state funds (including the program formerly known as the children's health program). Funding for any given child depends on the program for which the child is determined to be eligible. Apple health for kids programs are included in the array of health care programs available through Washington apple health (WAH).

"Attested income" means a self-declared statement of a person's income made under penalty of perjury to be true. (See also "self-attested income.")

"Authorization" means the agency's or the agency's designee's determination that criteria are met, as one of the preconditions to the agency's or the agency's designee's decision to provide payment for a specific service or device. (See also "expedited prior authorization" and "prior authorization.")

"Authorized representative" is defined under WAC 182-503-0130.

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.

Clarifying Information

Who can be an Authorized Representative

"Authorized representative" means a family member, friend, organization or someone acting responsibly on behalf of a person who is designated by the person to act on his or her behalf in all matters relating to an application or renewal of Washington apple health or other ongoing communications with agency or its designee. The authorization must be made in writing and signed by the person unless the person's medical condition prevents such written authorization. Authority to act on behalf of an applicant or beneficiary under state law can substitute for the person's authorization. The power to act as an authorized representative ends when the person or a court-appointed guardian of the person informs the agency or its designee that the representative is no longer authorized to act on his or her behalf, or when the agency learns of a change in the legal authority upon which the authorization is based. WAC 182-500-0010 Institutions and services that do not need to be indicated on the AREP screen.

The following facilities do not need to be listed on the AREP screen as notices are generated based on the provider number indicated on the INST screen in ACES. Do not indicate these facilities on the AREP screen in ACES:

  1. Nursing Facilities
  2. State veteran nursing facilities
  3. Hospice Care Centers (link includes Hospice Agencies and Care Centers)
  4. Hospice Agencies when the individual is residing in a nursing home.
  5. DDA ICF-MR:
    1. Barclay Group Home
    2. Bedford Group Home
    3. Brookhaven Group Home
    4. Camelot Group Home
    5. Carlton Group Home
    6. Lincoln Park Group Home
  6. HCS Waiver, CFC or MPC services case managed by HCS social worker, AAA or Developmental Disabilities Administration case manager do not need to be listed on the AREP screen. These notices are generated to the HCS SW, AAA or DDA CM electronically via the barcode system. The HCS SW, DDA and AAA CM receives the notice via their ECR To Do list. The SW or CM makes necessary changes to SSPS based on the notice received The DSHS 14-443 indicates who is case managing the case
  7. Institutions or Services that DO need to be indicated on the AREP screen

In addition to the individual's representative and advocates, some facilities or case managers need to be indicated on the AREP screen for correct payment and billing.

  1. Hospice outside of a nursing facility or Hospice Care Center when an individual is receiving Hospice outside of a medical institution and not on a DDA or HCS Waiver. Link has additional information about Hospiceincluding the Hospice Care Center addresses.
  2. New Freedom-King and Pierce Co. Link has additional instructions regarding the AREP screen. Scroll down to New Freedom instructions.
  3. Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) - King Co. on the AREP screen indicate: Providence Elder Place Attn: PEP Biller PO Box 389672 Seattle WA 98138-9672
  4. The following services in state owned institutions must indicate DSHS Economic Services Administration Office of Financial Recovery PO Box 9768 Olympia WA 98507 on the AREP screen for correct billing: (ESA link)
    1. Fircrest School Shoreline, Washington (DDA Residential Habilitation Centers-RHC)
    2. Frances Haddon Morgan Center, Bremerton, Washington (DDA RHC)
    3. Lakeland Village Medical Lake, Washington (DDA RHC)
    4. Rainier School Buckley, Washington (DDA RHC)
    5. Yakima Valley School Selah, Washington (DDA RHC)
    6. Eastern State Hospital, (Institution for the Mental Disease-IMD)
    7. Western State Hospital, (IMD)
    8. Child Study and Treatment Center

It is important to update or remove the information on the AREP screen if the individual changes services. (Example DDA individual at RHC discharges home to a DDA Waiver).