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DPW Issues Medical Assistance Bulletins

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has issued a number of new bulletins governing Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program.

These new regulations include an amendment to the state’s Medicaid plan for children with disabilities; the process for prior authorization of pituitary suppressive drugs; the process for prior authorization of erythropoiesis stimulating protein; the process for prior authorization of benign prostatic hyperplasia treatments; the process for prior authorization of antibiotics (GI); and the process for the prior authorization of platelet aggregation inhibitors.

In addition, DPW formally announced the expansion of HealthChoices to 13 counties in western Pennsylvania and the termination of ACCESS Plus in those counties effective October 1 and its intention to publish in the near future a new bulletin adding growth factors to the Medical Assistance program’s list of items requiring prior authorization.

Filed in Meetings and notices, Pennsylvania Bulletin, Pennsylvania Medicaid laws and regulations, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy.

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