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The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has issued a new Medical Assistance Bulletin titled “Hospital Responsibilities Related to the Uncompensated Care Program and Charity Care Plans.” According to the document, The purpose of this Medical Assistance (MA) Bulletin is to remind hospitals of the requirements for the Hospital Uncompensated Care Program (Program) and reinforce the responsibility of hospitals to actively engage patients when determining eligibility for the Program. See the entire Bulletin here.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), which administers the state’s Medicaid program, has reorganized both the department as a whole and its Office of Medical Assistance Programs. New tables of organizations for both entities have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Find them here.
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has published a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin continuing its current payment methodology under the state’s Medicaid program but noting that it still has not developed an observation rate for the program. Last year the state indicated that it wanted to establish such an observation rate, but it has not yet done so. The new notice states that The Department also announced its intent to establish an observation rate for hospital cases for which an inpatient admission is not medically necessary, but medical observation of a patient is required. The Department received multiple public comments concerning an intended observation rate. At this time, the Department plans to develop a payment policy and rates for … Read More
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has announced changes in its Medical Assistance fee schedule. Those changes, published in the January 18 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin, can be found here.
The Corbett administration is asking the federal government to authorize the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program to serve another 500,000 people. Healthy Pennsylvania, the reform plan unveiled by the Corbett administration in September, calls for expanding eligibility for Medicaid as envisioned in the federal Affordable Care Act but providing coverage to newly eligible individuals through private insurers Under the plan, most newly eligible recipients would select state-subsidized insurance through the federal health insurance marketplace and receive the same benefits as regular commercial customers. Healthy Pennsylvania also calls for streamlined benefits packages, enrollee premiums, and a work search requirement. The formal unveiling of the plan is linked to the state’s application to the federal government for a waiver from selected … Read More
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has published a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin listing all hospitals eligible for Medicaid disproportionate share adjustments (Medicaid DSH) during the state’s 2013 fiscal year. See the Pennsylvania Bulletin notice here.
The Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania has submitted a formal comment letter to the state’s Department of Public Welfare in response to the department’s expressed interest in establishing an observation rate in the state’s Medical Assistance fee-for-service program. DPW expressed this interest in a June 29 Pennsylvania Bulletin notice. SNAP supports the creation of an observation rate, and in its letter it outlines how it believes DPW should go about developing a rate that is fair to hospitals. Safety-net hospitals have a special interest in this issue because observation rate candidates enter hospitals through their emergency rooms and safety-net hospitals typically have among the busiest emergency rooms in the communities they serve. Read SNAP’s observation rate comment letter here.
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare is considering instituting a Medicaid observation rate for some hospital services. According to a recently published Pennsylvania Bulletin, The Department is considering the establishment of an observation rate for hospital cases for which an inpatient admission is not medically necessary but medical observation of a patient is required. The Department is currently considering developing criteria under which observation services provided by a hospital may be compensable under the MA Program. The Department intends to establish a comprehensive rate to cover observation services determined to be compensable under the Program. DPW will accept written comments about this proposal for the next 30 days. Read the Pennsylvania Bulletin notice here.
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has announced its intention to seek renewal of the Philadelphia hospital assessment first authorized in 2008. The purpose of the assessment is to generate additional revenue to fund state Medicaid expenditures for hospital outpatient and emergency department services in Philadelphia and to provide additional funding to support the city’s public health clinics. Read the Pennsylvania Bulletin announcement of DPW’s intention here.
The Department of Public Welfare has unveiled its plan for increasing the fees it pays for Medicaid primary care services in 2013 and 2014. The limited-term pay increase, which will raise Medicaid primary care payments to Medicare levels, is mandated by the Affordable Care Act. A Pennsylvania Bulletin notice that addresses how and when the fee increases will be paid, and to whom they will be paid, can be found here. The revised fee schedule with the new, higher fees can be found here.