Client Directed Homecare/Invoicing (CDHCI) is an alternate method of providing clients direct home care support services. It is available to clients who meet the general eligibility criteria for Home Care. Home Care provides three main categories of services: Case Management, Direct Professional Services, and Support Services such as personal care. Instead of Home Care contracting with an agency or providing the service directly, clients or their legal representatives can be reimbursed to an authorized number of hours if they choose to seek out a contracted provider of their own choosing and purchase their own care.
An Invoicing Agreement is a legal contract between Alberta Health Services and the client or their legal representative. Under the Agreement, Alberta Health Services agrees to reimburse the Agreement Holder with funds to hire or purchase services based on a needs assessment. The Invoicing option provides a client or client’s legal representative with a significant degree of control over who provides support services and how these services are provided along with the responsibility to appropriately manage the care needs. An Invoicing Agreement may be signed for a minimum period of 3 months.
From here on in, this document, “you” refers to the client and the Invoicing Agreement Holder. Please note that in some cases the client and the Agreement Holder are two different persons.
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Invoicing can be considered for clients who want to hire their own contracted care providers. Here are some examples of situations where Invoicing can be particularly beneficial.
If you are already on Home Care, and require support services, you can contact your Case Manager to discuss whether Invoicing is a good option for you. If you’re not already on Home Care, the first step in exploring Invoicing is to arrange an initial Home Care assessment. An assessment involves meeting with a Case Manager to get information about your health history, the extent to which you can manage your own care, and how much help you have from family and friends. At the end of the process, the Case Manager will work with you and your family to develop a care plan which outlines what additional professional and support services are needed and what care be provided by Home Care.
If Invoicing is not a viable option, the Case Manager will work with you to explore other service options to meet your needs.
Alberta Health Services can enter into an Invoicing Agreement with a client, their legal Guardian, or their Agent under an activated Personal Directive. When an agreement is signed with anyone other than the client, documentation relating to the source of their legal authority must be provided to Alberta Health Services, Home Care. In some circumstances, Alberta Health Services, at its sole discretion, may consider entering into an Invoicing Agreement with an informal decision maker. The client can also appoint a Payee on the agreement who pays the contracted provider and receives the reimbursement from Alberta Health Services. Alberta Health Services recommends clients with terminal illnesses to consider naming a Payee to ensure bills are paid appropriately after services are no longer required.
Agreements are signed for a term during which it is anticipated that you will have relatively stable needs. However, it is possible that your needs or the availability of supports change unexpectedly. If this happens, the Case Manager can be contacted to do a reassessment and discuss changes in services including changing the amount of care provided through the Invoicing Model. The initial Agreement is signed for a period under six months. After that, a reassessment is done at least once a year to ensure that the level of services is appropriate to meet your needs.
As the Agreement Holder, you arrange appropriate services, including directing your care thru your contracted provider. You enter into an agreement with a bonded and insured contracted provider. You will require approval from AHS for your chosen care provider prior to the initiation of the invoicing contract. You must ensure that care is being provided appropriately and address any concerns you may have with your contracted provider directly. If you need assistance with informing your contracted care providers about your care needs, you can contact the Case Manager.
Invoicing can be a good option for you if you want to have the responsibility and flexibility of managing your own care but not overseeing employees and staffing concerns. Using the Invoicing model, you will be encouraged to be as independent and self-sufficient as possible, but your Case Manager is available as a resource for questions about Invoicing and for accessing other health services. If you are considering Invoicing, you should discuss it with your Case Manager.
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1. What is the Client Directed Home Care Invoicing Program (CDHCI)?
CDHCI is a great program piloted by the Alberta Government in 2022 and provided by Alberta Health services (AHS), allowing clients to choose an approved agency like Comfort Keepers Edmonton for Personal Care, Respite Care and Homemaking needs. The chosen agency can then bill AHS directly for services rendered for approved hours through Alberta Blue Cross.
2. What is Invoice Modeling?
An Invoicing Agreement is a legal contract between Alberta Health Services and the client or their legal representative. Under the Agreement, Alberta Health Services agrees to reimburse the Agreement Holder with funds to hire or purchase services based on a needs assessment.
3. What is the eligibility criteria for Client Directed Home Care Invoice Modeling (CDHCI)?
Anyone who is approved by AHS for homecare or already on the self-managed care program can be eligible to switch to the client directed home care invoicing program. An assessment by an AHS homecare case manager is the first step in determining eligibility.
4. How can I tell what home care agencies are “approved private vendors”
Follow this link to the list of approved home care agencies. Client Directed Home Care Invoicing Program?
5. What are the benefits of CDHCI?
6. What Homecare services are covered by client directed homecare?
7. Why should you choose Comfort Keepers Edmonton?
Comfort Keepers Edmonton has been associated with CDHCI right from the pilot stage of the program in April 2022 before being rolled out across the province in 2023.
The mission of Comfort Keepers is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality of life that is achievable. Each client will receive the respect and dignity they deserve as if they were a member of our very own family.