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General Notice
Public Notice - Intent to Amend State Plan - Supplemental Payments to Private Hospitals for Physician Services
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 Item 288.OO.9.a-c of 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)

 

The state plan is being revised to make supplemental payments to private hospitals and related health systems who intend to execute affiliation agreements with public entities that are capable of transferring funds to the department for purposes of covering the non-federal share of the authorized payments. Virginia community colleges, Virginia public institutions of higher education, local governments, and instrumentalities of local government are public entities that are authorized to transfer funds to the department for purposes of covering the non-federal share of the authorized payments. Such public entities would enter into an Interagency Agreement with the department for this purpose. 

 

The department shall have the authority to make the supplemental payments to private hospitals for physician services effective July 1, 2024. No payment shall be made without approval from CMS and an Interagency Agreement with a public entity capable of transferring the non-federal share of authorized payments to the department. The funds to be transferred must comply with 42 CFR 433.51 and 433.54.  Such funds may not be paid from any private agreements with public entities that are in excess of fair market value or that alleviate preexisting financial burdens of such public entities. Public entities are authorized to use general fund dollars to accomplish this transfer. As part of the Interagency Agreements the department shall require the public entities to attest to compliance with applicable CMS criteria. The department shall also require any private hospital and related health systems receiving payments under this section to attest to compliance with applicable CMS criteria.  Upon notification by the Department of any deferral or disallowance issued by CMS regarding the supplemental or managed care directed payment arrangement, the hospital provider will return the entire balance of the payment to the Department within 30 days of notification. If the hospital does not return the entire balance of the payment to the Department within the specified timeframe, a judgement rate of interest set forth in Title 6.2-302 will be applied to the entire balance, regardless of whatever portion has been repaid. In addition, the non-federal share of the agency's administrative costs directly related to administration of the programs authorized in this paragraph, including staff and contractors, shall be funded by participating public entities. These funds shall be deposited into a special fund created by the Comptroller and used to support the administrative costs associated with managing this program. Any funds received for this purpose but unexpended at the end of the fiscal year shall remain in the fund for use in accordance with this provision.

 

The purposes to which the additional payments authorized above shall be applied include: (i) increasing and enhancing access to outpatient care for Medicaid recipients; (ii) stabilizing and supporting critical healthcare workforce needs; and (iii) advancing the department's health and quality improvement goals; these shall contain specific measurable outcomes that will be approved, and monitored by the Department quarterly. Payment shall be dependent on progress towards goal attainment on all three purposes. Participating organizations must submit quarterly updates and annual reports on programs to the Department no later than October 1.

 

The expected increase in annual aggregate fee-for-service expenditures is $1,207,429 in state general funds and $1,256,209 in federal fiscal year 2024.  The expected increase in annual aggregate fee-for-service expenditures is $4,829,714 in state general funds and $5,024,835 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