What is Random Moment Time Study (RMTS)?

RMTS is the distribution of a random moment to a Time Study Participant (TSP) every quarter during the regular school year beginning January 1, 2015.  In the state of California, school district participation in the School-Based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (SMAA) program requires completion of this statistically valid way of determining the amount of time and effort a TSP spends performing Medi-Cal school health-related services, Medi-Cal administrative and outreach activities, and other school/education-based activities. 

Who can participate in RMTS?

A TSP is someone who routinely performs Medi-Cal school health services prescribed in an IEP and administrative activities that support Medi-Cal school health services.

A TSP cannot be 100% federally funded.

How does RMTS work?

A TSP is randomly selected and assigned a moment in time to create time study sample moments.  A moment is one, single-assigned minute.  A TSP is required to respond in a timely manner to each and every moment assigned.  An assigned moment will expire after five consecutive student attendance days.  A school district must maintain an 85% collective TSP response rate for the time study to be valid.

When a moment is assigned, a TSP will respond to the initial question, "Were you working," by selecting one of the following responses.

  • Yes, I was working
  • No, moment was before/after work day
  • No, moment was during a paid time off
  • No, moment was during an unpaid time off

If the TSP responds, "Yes, I was working," then the TSP is prompted to answer the three following questions to complete documentation of the activity performed.

  1. Who were you with?
  2. What were you doing?
  3. Why were you performing the activity?


Provided by DHCS:

2015-16 DHCS Time Survey Participant Training
2016 SMAA RMTS Invoice Training
2016 SMAA RMTS Speaker Notes

Provided by Region 9 LEC:

OD15 Region 9 LEC RMTS System Training Screens - Aug. 16, 2016
2016-17 RMTS Training
2016-17 New SMAA Coordinator Orientation

2014-15 Participant Training Screen Text
2014-15 Moment Response Screens
RMTS Refresher Training - Aug. 10, 2015
Region 9 Training Screens - Aug. 27, 2015 
2015-16 RMTS Overview
Welcome to RMTS SMAA 2015-2016
Welcome to RMTS SMAA 2016-2017
Welcome to RMTS SMAA 2017-2018
2017-18 Region 9 LEC Quarter 1 DMC Powerpoint
2017-18 Region 9 LEC RMTS Refresher Training Powerpoint
2017-18 SMAA 101 Powerpoint
Welcome to RMTS 2018-19 Q3

Provided by Public Consulting Group (PCG):

PCG Training - Fall 2014
RMTS Quarterly Refresher Training - Feb. 2015
RMTS Quarterly Refresher Training - Aug. 2015
RMTS Quarterly Refresher Training - Aug. 2017