Resident's Interim Recertification Request Doesn't Affect TTP
Q A resident informed us that she now has a Medicare Part D prescription plan premium being deducted from her Social Security payments. When we go to process the interim recertification it doesn't change the rental amount. Do we still process the interim recertification just to show the additional insurance, or can we wait until the annual recertification?
A Residents have the right to report anything that will lower their rent, says compliance expert Mark Chrzanowski. Many times, after verification it’s determined that the change doesn’t affect the Total Tenant Payment (TTP).
When this happens there is no reason to process a 50059 and send it to TRACS, says Chrzanowski. He recommends that the information, including the Interim Request and the verification, be maintained in the resident’s file with a notation that the change did not affect the TTP and, therefore, no change was made. That way, the next time the resident reports a change, you'll be reminded of the previously reported change and will be able to include it on this 50059. It's important to note that if the verification is more than 120 days old, the information must be re-verified, cautions Chrzanowski.
Mark Chrzanowski: Compliance Support Administrator, Gene B. Glick Management Co., www.genebglick.com.