Report 2013-125 Recommendation 18 Responses

Report 2013-125: California Department of Health Care Services: Weaknesses in Its Medi-Cal Dental Program Limit Children's Access to Dental Care (Release Date: December 2014)

Recommendation #18 To: Health Care Services, Department of

To comply with state contracting laws that protect the State's interests, Health Care services should implement future contract amendments via appropriate channels, including state contracting procedures.

60-Day Agency Response

DHCS is currently upholding its commitment to ensure all changes to the contract are conducted via contract amendments. (Fully Implemented as of January 1, 2015)

  • Completion Date: January 2015
  • Response Date: February 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Fully Implemented

In a procedure memorandum dated December 31, 2014, the acting chief of the Medi-Cal Dental Services Division (division) advised division management that appropriate processes will be invoked related to any changes to the contract with Delta Dental. The memorandum expressed Health Care Services' commitment to appropriately adopt changes to existing contracts and directed all management personnel to abide by the proper procedures when adopting changes to contracts. The memorandum included a link to Health Care Services' intranet page containing guidelines for the process to administer contract amendments.

All Recommendations in 2013-125

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.