The Philadelphia antidiscrimination agency panel heard evidence and issued a groundbreaking opinion concerning the rights of persons with disabilities living with their emotional support animals. It was a housing discrimination case of first impression under Philadelphia law and an emerging area of the law nationally. It was held that a co-op building violated local antidiscrimination law by invoking a “no pet” policy to prohibit a woman with disabilities from keeping her dog.
Big milestones have been reached for Americans with disabilities this month. On July 26, individuals around the nation celebrated the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed. This momentous occasion also coincided with the Special Olympics World Games currently going on in Los Angeles. As these milestones bring attention to individuals with disabilities, so has Shriver Media by releasing The Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight into Intellectual Disabilities in the 21st Century poll. Shriver Media is owned by Maria Shriver, the daughter of Eunice Kennedy, founder of Special Olympics and Special Olympics International.
Rauch, Inc., INARF member and State Use Program employment center, is a finalist for One Southern Indiana (1si) Chamber & Economic Development's first Annual Non-Profit of the Year Award. 1si received 15 applications for the award and finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges. The award will be presented at 1si’s Annual meeting on Tuesday, August 18 in New Albany, which draws more than 500 of 1si’s members.
INARF member Janus Developmental Services, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a grant from The Duke Energy Foundation. The grant is in support of Janus’ Community Employment program, which has been able to partner with forty one local area businesses to help smooth the transition from student to adult employment life. The grant will be a great benefit in assisting individuals with disabilities to receive crucial employment support at their community job sites.
Today Medicaid issued the attached bulletin regarding how prior authorizations will be handled before and after implementation of ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. Hopefully you are aware that effective October 1, 2015, you will be required to utilize the ICD-10 coding system on all bills submitted to Medicaid.