Remote Supports Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN USE REMOTE SUPPORTS
REMOTE SUPPORTS PROVIDERS QUESTIONS
REMOTE SUPPORTS VENDORS QUESTIONS
REMOTE SUPPORTS IMPLEMENTATION QUESTIONS
PRIVACY QUESTIONS
COST QUESTIONS


WHO CAN USE REMOTE SUPPORTS

How do I know if I’m eligible for remote supports?
All Ohioans with a developmental disabilities waiver are eligible. The person’s support team should assess and discuss whether or not remote monitoring will meet the needs of the individual.

 



REMOTE SUPPORTS PROVIDERS

 What kind of certification is required for providers?
Remote monitoring equipment shall be provided by an independent provider or an agency provider that has a medicaid provider agreement with the Ohio department of medicaid


REMOTE SUPPORTS VENDORS
 
What happens when the remote monitoring provider is responding to one individual while another individual requires assistance?
Multiple remote monitoring caregivers are available to respond to requests from any individual for whom services are being provided.
 

 
Who is doing the monitoring?
Remote monitoring services are being provided by people who are familiar with the individuals ISP. In many cases, those providing services are Direct Support Professionals or have received the same training. Remote monitoring providers must fill out paperwork in the same way a direct support professional would. The rule specifically states: “Service documentation for remote monitoring shall include… [the] Description and details of the services delivered that directly relate to the services specified in the approved individual service plan as the services to be provided.”
 

 
How many homes/individuals does one remote supports vendor serve at one time?
This varies from provider to provider for various reasons.  revised rule.
 

 
What are the duties of the remote support staff?
Remote monitoring is done in real time, not through a recording, by awake staff at another location. While remote support services are being provided, the remote support staff will not have other duties other than providing remote support services.
 


REMOTE SUPPORTS IMPLEMENTATION
 
What happens to the information?
While the rule does not guarantee recordings, it does say that IF recordings are made then they must be retained in the case of an UI or MUI. When there is not an MUI the recordings can be discarded.
 

 
What happens if the power goes out?
The monitoring base is equipped with a backup power supply. In case this fails, direct-support staff will be notified and will respond accordingly. In the case of a power outage at the consumer’s residence, direct-support staff will be notified and will respond in a timely manner to ensure that the person is safe.
 

 
What happens if there is an emergency?
The provider of remote support services will notify first respondents. A direct support staff will also be contacted and respond accordingly. While the individual awaits emergency services, remote support staff will remain engaged with the individual until the first respondents and direct-support person arrive.
 


PRIVACY 

 How long/where is the information stored?
In the case of an UI  or MUI, documentation is stored for seven years within a secure network system.
 

 
Who has access to the information?
The system uses a secure network system that requires authentications, authorization, and encryption of data to ensure that access to computer, video, audio, sensor, and communication is fully protected and access is limited to authorized persons only; those permitted by the ISP.

 

Who has access to shut down the equipment?

Remote monitoring equipment will be designed so that it can be turned off only by the authorized people and those specified in the Individual support Plan.
 

 
How are people prevented from hacking into the live feeds?
 The system uses a secure network system that requires authentications, authorization, and encryption of data to ensure that access to computer, video, audio, sensor, and communication is fully protected and access is limited to authorized persons only.
 


COST

How does the billing for remote supports work?

Remote support vendors can either be a Homemaker personal care (HPC) provider agency or hired by a HPC provider agency. When the remote support vendor is hired by a HPC provider, the HPC provider purchases the services of the remote support vendor. When this is the case, the remote support vendor will send the HPC provider a bill for their services. Then the HPC provider bills the state so that they can pay the remote supports vendor. Some of the money billed to the state goes to the HPC provider who hired the remote supports vendor, the rest of the money goes to the remote support vendor. Though each remote supports vendor has the same billable cost, the amount a vendor keeps for each billable unit is different for each provider agency.

How is the technology paid for?
All Ohio DD waivers covers the cost for both remote supports services and remote supports equipment. However, technology is often expensive. While the rule does not include any specific language about how equipment must be paid, the remote supports equipment is often leased. This means that rather than paying a one time fee each time equipment is purchased, the cost is distributed across the life-span of the technology making the service more affordable for those using it. This also means that when individuals who use remote supports cancel the service, they will not have purchased the equipment and it may be removed to possibly be installed at a different house if it’s still within it’s use life.
 


You may read the remote support rule by following this link: Remote Support Rule.