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1 WSS & NC FAST Town Hall Briefing
February 2013

2 Agenda Project Update Spotlight Topics: Reporting Help Desk
System Performance and Performance Monitoring Training Reception Case Routing, Work Queues, and Roles Task Utilization Universal Worker and Evidence Management Next Steps and Best Practices

3 Project Update

4 P1 Update All counties have gone to Hard Launch – Stage 1
98 counties have fully converted Two counties remain to be converted in March Mecklenburg Forsyth Supported 428,732 issuances for active FNS and SNAP cases in January, representing approximately $306M in FNS benefits issued since go-live Received over 15,100 Help Desk tickets since go-live of which over 14,600 have been responded to and closed Working to address open ticket backlog NC FAST continues to provide On-Site Support (OSS) to assist counties through the transition

5 P1 Deployment Status

6 ePASS Update ePASS should be able to accept applications for FNS beginning in March-April; specific date to be determined Applications received will appear in the NC FAST online applications work queue Supervisors will need to subscribe appropriate workers to the online applications and withdrawals work queues prior to ePASS upgrade Specific details to come Confirming an approach to “pilot” the new ePASS application functionality before widespread use Counties will need to make a determination about how much they want to publicize the availability of this ePASS enhancement to the general public

7 P2&6 Overview Detailed Design is complete
System development is well underway and is targeted to be completed in April Training material development is in process Will be delivered in 2 waves – similar to Project 1 Will rely more extensively on distance learning than Project 1 Test script development is wrapping up and test execution is in process Would like counties to be involved in testing activities Formal testing Sandbox access

8 Wanted: Test Resources
Looking for at least 10 resources Commitment Period: March 1 through June 15, 2013 Looking for 100% dedication to NC FAST If not 100% dedicated, then specific allotted time period’s ex. 2/3 full days a week. Seeking program knowledgeable, independent, problem-solving individuals to execute test scripts – predominantly in the areas of Medicaid and Special Assistance, experience with FNS/SNAP welcomed. Preferred that resources be on-site throughout testing duration, MINIMALLY required to be on-site for 2 weeks at start of testing and for periodic check-points.

9 Health Benefit Exchange Update
North Carolina has elected to use the federal portal for initial intake of applications under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Applications received through the federal portal will be transmitted via interface to NC FAST Health Benefit Exchange integration web-based training will be made available to all 100 counties in September 2013 in preparation for October 1 deadline to begin accepting ACA applications Additional information will be provided in the next few months as the team analyzes implications of ACA on the counties

10 P4 Update Received notification that DHHS did not receive US HHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF)/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) federal partner approval to expedite NC FAST Project 4 –Children Services DHHS will continue to work with ACF/CMS to clearly define the cost allocation methodology DHHS management decided to suspend expediting the project Will slow the effort until assured of 90/10 funding Will be able to gear up quickly if DHHS gets positive results in the future Appears that the process may take some time given the magnitude of federal partner questions If approval is not received in time to expedite Project 4, Project 4 will return to its original implementation timeframe Planned timeframe to implement Project 4 is now 7/1/14 to 6/30/16

11 Document Management With the deployment of Project 2 and 6, document management functionality will be available through the evidence screens Will support all case types in NC FAST Use of NC FAST document management functionality is optional – yet encouraged Counties will be responsible for procuring scanning hardware and software (usually bundled with the scanner) Refer to January 7 communication on document management Integration design document to be released within the next 60 days

12 P2&6 Implementation Schedule
January - May June July-Sept Fall 2013 Early 2014 P2&6 Preparation Pilot Soft Launch Hard Launch Complete Roll Out Optimization and Maintenance WSS Town Hall Meetings Foundation Workshops WSS Leadership Summit Change Discussion Guide Reviews Readiness Assessments Training Development Testing Statewide Web-based Training Delivery Pilot Wave 1 Classroom Training Delivery Pilot Go-live with Applications Phase by Phase Web-based Training Delivery Phase by phase Wave 1 Classroom Training Delivery Rolling Go-live with Applications Readiness Assessments for Hard Launch Pilot Wave 2 Classroom Training Pilot Conversion Phase Web-based Training Delivery Phase by Phase Wave 2 Classroom Training Delivery Begin Rolling Go-live with Conversion and Recertifications Conclude Phase by Phase Wave 2 Classroom Training Complete Conversion Complete Statewide Implementation Continue system optimization Support system maintenance Note: The proposed P2&6 Implementation Schedule above is subject to change

13 P2&6 Implementation Plan
The implementation of P2&6 will follow a similar plan to that of P1, including the use of Pilot Counties and subsequent Phases of a Soft Launch and Hard Launch moving geographically across the state. Legend Primary Pilot - 3 Counties Secondary Pilot - 11 Counties

14 Implementation Approach
Pilot June 17 – 3 primary pilots Remaining 97 counties will see screen changes; Web-based training will be provided to address these changes Soft Launch July – September – Geographically focused Focuses on applications for persons not on active EIS cases Will need to convert historical person data out of EIS to support this; no going back to EIS during implementation Health Benefit Exchange Web-based training in September for all 100 counties Able to take ACA applications on October 1; benefits start January 1, 2014 Hard Launch September – February 2014; conversion of active EIS cases

15 Conversion Approach Soft Launch Hard Launch
10 years of history including all IE segments and all associated data for persons on closed cases as well as providers and facilities will be converted from EIS Converted twice a month by county in accordance with training schedule Hard Launch Pilot Hard Launch in September and begin statewide deployment in October Active cases including 10 years of historical data and IE segments as well as pending applications will be converted If the client has an existing FNS case in NC FAST, only additional data will be converted from EIS, no existing NC FAST evidence will be overwritten The CNDS ID of the primary client will be used to convert and map cases into NC FAST, creating new Integrated Cases if one does not already exist No income, resources or expenses, with the exception of medical expenses and life insurance, will be converted in the evidence dashboard The amount of post-conversion cleanup that is required is expected to be less than during P1 but will vary depending upon the type of case Cases will be converted from the caseworker’s EIS District Number in EIS to their NCID in NC FAST, keeping caseloads intact

16 Training Approach 1 day Foundation Workshops will be delivered in March-April 2013 Hands on planning session Regional locations across the state Practical work products to assist with county readiness for P2&6 P2&6 Training will be delivered in 3 primary segments: Web-based Training – Delivered prior to classroom training waves Also addresses system changes introduced at Pilot Wave 1 Classroom Training – 2 ½ days prior to soft launch HBE – Web-based training delivered in September 2013 Wave 2 Classroom Training – 2 ½ days prior to hard launch Additional Web-based training scenarios beyond what is covered in formal training will be developed and posted in FAST Help.

17 Spotlight Topics

18 Reporting A top concern among county users Actions taken:
Coordinated a working session between NC FAST project team, DSS Reporting team, CSDW team, and select group of counties Identified several “quick wins” to support pulling data out of CSDW Continue to work with CSDW and DSS Reporting team to meet county needs: Publishing reusable queries “Data Dictionary” for CSDW Clarifying how NC FAST dashboards pull data NC FAST continuing to facilitate discussions between DSS reporting, CSDW and select group of counties 18,000 cases assigned to owners with “no access” role

19 Help Desk Increasing coordination among Tier 1, Tier 2, County Readiness, and Training teams Consolidating Tier 1 and 2 Help Desk under one roof Considering rotating Tier 1 staff through a period of on-site support to increase understanding of county operations Exploring options for increasing staff supporting Help Desk operations Strongly recommend establishing a single point of contact at the county level for Help Desk contact Reduces number of redundant tickets Increases system knowledge at county level; promotes county-level troubleshooting Provides county with a better sense of county support needs and staff progress up the learning curve

20 System Performance NC FAST is aware that several counties are experiencing poor performance when using NC FAST Performance monitoring software has been made available to all 100 counties and is in the process of being installed Many performance issues have been tied to county bandwidth issues The project has encountered a few instances of performance issues on the central servers which have been resolved Project leadership monitors system performance throughout the day and will seek to proactively notify counties when performance degradation is identified Counties should consider implications of adding additional Project 2 and 6 users on overall county network performance

21 System Monitoring Status
Still need performance monitoring software installed in the following counties: Guilford Perquimans Scotland Wilkes

22 Reception All counties must begin utilizing Reception functionality with deployment of Project 2 and 6 Must begin using Reception at county soft launch Use of Reception required to meet federal Medicaid reporting requirements Should consider suspending further use of county Reception work management systems, unless there is a compelling reason to continue their use

23 Case Routing, Work Queues, and Roles
Once a transaction is recorded at Reception, the Reception worker must either assign the task to a work queue or a specific worker to move it along the process Supervisors currently have the ability to subscribe users to work queues Will need to subscribe staff who will process ePASS applications to work queues prior to ePASS upgrade Instructions for subscribing workers or units to work queues can be found in FAST Help A few additional security roles will be added with Project 2 and 6 No major changes in direction The intent is to continue to support and work towards a Universal Worker concept Workers who fill multiple roles will need to continue to have their security roles changed to match current duties

24 Task Utilization NC FAST does not support “case banking”
Confusion may result from the term “task management” In the WSS context, “task management” has sometimes been used synonymously with “case banking” Confusion may arise because NC FAST does support the management of caseloads through system generated tasks Bottom line: Workers must be assigned to cases to receive important alerts and reminders which are sent to the case owner via system-generated tasks Refer to DCDL dated February 8, 2013

25 Universal Worker NC FAST is being designed, and security roles are being configured, with the vision that one worker manages a household Project 2 and 6 will not have program-specific security roles Additional roles may be added, but the same eligibility worker and eligibility supervisor roles will be leveraged across programs A single integrated application (IEG) drives the need to adopt an integrated interview with customers In most cases, evidence is managed at the integrated case level Changes will ripple across all product delivery cases within the household Counties need to plan ahead for this transition Long Term Care and Adult Care Homes could continue to be maintained by a siloed team, since there is usually only one program per household

26 Evidence Management

27 Next Steps and Best Practices

28 System Functionality Impacts
With the deployment of Project 2 and 6, brand new functionality as well as enhancements to the existing NC FAST will be released: Screening for all economic service programs can be done in NC FAST Additional questions in the Intelligent Evidence Gathering (IEG) interview script New evidence types will be available in the evidence dashboard Reception function must be used to adhere to Medicaid reporting requirements Smart Panel will be activated to provide guidance to caseworkers Supervisor Dashboard reports will be enhanced to show data for multiple programs Multiple Product Delivery Cases if clients receive more than one benefit or service Changes to evidence may impact all Product Delivery Cases for a client and subsequently drives the need to adopt a Universal Caseworker. Counties will have the ability to begin attaching documentation, such as the required verifications, directly into NC FAST NC FAST will automatically generate important tasks for caseworkers to work in order to keep cases current

29 Preparation Activities
Create NCIDs for all users, ensuring each has the dhhs_ncfastprd_user role enabled on their NCID Ensure that all cases are assigned to real workers in EIS so they can be mapped to NCIDs in NC FAST at conversion EIS District Worker Number is the source field in EIS for mapping Displayed as “District” on screen in EIS Validate the EIS district number to NCID mapping Complete the cleanup of any cases identified in the pre-conversion reports Ensure that all computers and networks meet the published minimum system requirements

30 Best Practices Expose Medicaid and Work First staff to FNS; consider cycling new hires through FNS prior to staffing in another program area Cross-train staff on policies and concepts for all programs Consider organizational changes to support a transition to a Universal Worker Model: Establish a common intake unit Explore creation of multi-disciplinary teams to support caseloads so staff have easy access to people with knowledge across all programs Consider any potential job reclassifications that may be required Determine if any physical changes to your DSS office are required Fill all vacant positions and eliminate all case processing backlogs Create a budget for overtime and/or temporary staff Actively participate in all NC FAST preparatory activities

31 Best Practices (cont’d)
Establish one point of contact with the Help Desk Get involved in Project 2 and 6 testing activities Plan ahead for network and hardware upgrades, based on Project 1 experience Consider impacts of utilizing Document Management on network performance Reconsider need to purchase document management software Reconsider use of Reception functionality in the near term to get familiar with the functionality Align certification periods between FNS and Medicaid cases

32 Next Steps Review Change Discussion Guide – to be mailed in the next few weeks Attend Foundation Workshops Purpose: Day long planning workshop focused on defining action items stemming from review of Change Discussion Guide Timeframe: March/April 2013 Audience: Focused on leaders and decision makers Location: Regional sites across the state WSS Statewide Conference April in Raleigh Readiness Assessments Pre-Soft Launch Pre-Hard Launch

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