Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) for individuals with an intellectual disability is based on the need to promote independence and the functional status of persons with intellectual incapacities. Despite being an optional benefit, it is critical to note that ICF serves as an alternative to the community and home-based services. The main issues in the ICF facilities are funding and eligibility of patients as they are only available to persons under active treatment. However, active therapy does not wholly support persons who do not require continuous rehabilitation programs. In a typical setting, it is expected that it would offer support to all persons with intellectual disabilities. However, this not the case, thus limiting the efficiency of the facilities in addressing health needs.
Regular HIM professionals are charged with the duty of maintaining the quality and integrity of patients’ information. The information may include X-rays results, lab results, and other physical exams. On the other hand, HIM consultants collaborate with other professionals in health care settings to improve the efficiency of operations. It is expected that such professionals should be self-motivated, committed, and have the ability to work without any supervision as they play an essential role in ensuring that there is a smooth flow of all required information.
The state determines the delivery of medical services for Intermediate Care Facilities for individuals with intellectual disability. It is required that patients must meet the coverage criteria that are outlined by federal regulations and laws. Contrary to other health care services, it is critical to note that ICF/ID adopts a functional approach as opposed to a diagnostic method. In other states, it is required that all persons applying for ICF/ID must be equally eligible for Medicaid cover.