Early Alert is a process to proactively identify providers that may show signs of decreased quality, enabling OPWDD to take timely and definitive action. The committee is chaired by the Deputy Commissioner of Quality Improvement, and comprised of agency leadership.
At each meeting there is a focus on specific agencies who have repeated certification deficiencies impacting the quality of care or have significant fiscal concerns that threatens its fiscal viability.
Remedial actions may be required by the Early Alert committee based on a variety of factors, including the size of the agency, the extent of the problems identified and the agency’s past history as an OPWDD provider.
Remedial actions would include meeting with the agency Executive staff and/or the BOD to discuss the circumstances in which the agency finds itself. At this juncture OPWDD may require the agency to develop and implement a management plan that has been reviewed and approved by OPWDD staff, to address governance, fiscal or programmatic.
An agency that has been placed on the Early Alert list can be removed from the list if it complies in full, with OPWDD’s recommendations and provides evidence to show that issues that were of concern, have been corrected and a system has been put in place to prevent recurrence. The other occasion when an agency will be removed from the list is when OPWDD takes action to transition service(s) to another agency.