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General Notice
Public Notice - Intent to Amend State Plan - Non-Institutional Provider Reimbursement Changes
Date Posted: 5/24/2024
Expiration Date: 11/24/2024
Submitted to Registrar for publication: YES
30 Day Comment Forum is underway. Began on 5/24/2024 and will end on 6/23/2024

LEGAL NOTICE

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES

NOTICE OF INTENT TO AMEND

 

(Pursuant to §1902(a)(13) of the Act (U.S.C. 1396a(a)(13))

 

THE VIRGINIA STATE PLAN FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

 

This Notice was posted on May 24, 2024

 

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) hereby affords the public notice of its intention to amend the Virginia State Plan for Medical Assistance to provide for changes to the Methods and Standards for Establishing Payment Rates — Other Types of Care (12 VAC 30-80).  

 

This notice is intended to satisfy the requirements of 42 C.F.R. § 447.205 and of § 1902(a)(13) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(13).  A copy of this notice is available for public review from Meredith Lee, DMAS, 600 Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA  23219, or via e-mail at:  Meredith.Lee@dmas.virginia.gov. 

 

DMAS is specifically soliciting input from stakeholders, providers and beneficiaries, on the potential impact of the proposed changes discussed in this notice.  Comments or inquiries may be submitted, in writing, within 30 days of this notice publication to Meredith Lee and such comments are available for review at the same address.  Comments may also be submitted, in writing, on the Town Hall public comment forum attached to this notice.

 

This notice is available for public review on the Regulatory Town Hall (https://townhall.virginia.gov) on the General Notices page, found at:  https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/generalnotice.cfm

 

In accordance with the 2024 Appropriations Act, DMAS will be making the following changes:

 

Methods & Standards for Establishing Payment Rates-Other Types of Care (12 VAC 30-80)

 

  1. In accordance with Item 288.BBBB.2, the state plan is being revised to increase reimbursement rates for dental services by three percent.

 

The expected increase in annual fee-for-service aggregate expenditures is $664,129 in state general funds, $64,314 in special funds, and $1,276,171 in federal funds in federal fiscal year 2024, and $4,083,634 in state general funds, $393,599 in special funds, and $8,184,610 in federal funds in federal fiscal year 2025.

 

  1. In accordance with Item 288.GGGGG.1, the state plan is being revised to increase the rates for agency- and consumer-directed personal care under the Early Periodic Screening, and Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit by two percent.  (A corresponding rate increase of two percent will be provided for these services and for companion and respite services provided under home and community-based waivers, however, the increase is not included in a state plan amendment but via waiver documentation.)

 

The expected increase in annual fee-for-service aggregate expenditures is $104 in state general funds and $109 in federal funds in federal fiscal year 2024, and $625 in state general funds and $651 in federal funds in federal fiscal year 2025.

 

  1. In accordance with Item 288.SSSS, the state plan is being revised to update the reimbursement methodology for outpatient rehabilitation services to the Resource Based Relative Value Scale. Any changes to the reimbursement methodology shall be budget neutral. To ensure and maintain budget neutrality, a budget neutrality factor shall be applied to any rate calculations.

 

There is no expected increase or decrease in annual fee-for-service aggregate expenditures in federal fiscal year 2024 or 2025.

 

  1. In accordance with Item 288.XXXX, the state plan is being revised to update the rates for consumer-directed facilitation services under EPSDT based on the most recent rebasing estimates as follows: Consumer Directed (CD) Management Training shall be increased to $90.14 per hour in Northern Virginia and to $80.91 per hour in the rest of the state; CD Initial Comprehensive Visit shall be increased to $360.54 per visit in Northern Virginia and to $323.64 per visit in the rest of the state; CD Routine Visit shall be increased to $112.67 per visit in Northern Virginia and to $101.14 per visit in the rest of the state; and CD Reassessment Visit shall be increased to $180.27 per visit in Northern Virginia and to $161.82 per visit in the rest of the state.

 

The expected increase in annual fee-for-service aggregate expenditures is $398 in state general funds and $418 in federal funds in federal fiscal year 20242, and $2,800 in state general funds and $2,913 in federal funds in federal fiscal year 2025.

 

  1. In accordance with Item 288.YYYY, the state plan is being revised to set the reimbursement rate to 100 percent of the Medicare rural rates or 100 percent of non-rural rates if a rural rate does not exist for specific Durable Medical Equipment (DME) products, including enteral products and supplies and in the following categories in the DMAS fee schedule for Feeding Kits and Tubes and Nutrition Kits/Feeding Tubes.

 

The expected increase in annual fee-for-service aggregate expenditures is $7,966 in state general funds, $136 in special funds, and $9,587 in federal funds in federal fiscal year 2024, and $48,024 in state general funds, $815 in special funds, and $58,114 in federal funds in federal fiscal year 2025.


Contact Information
Name / Title: Meredith Lee  / Policy, Regulations, and Manuals Supervisor
Address: Division of Policy and Research
600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300
Richmond, 23219
Email Address: Meredith.Lee@dmas.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)371-0552    FAX: (804)786-1680    TDD: (800)343-0634