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 21, 2021
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 Emily McClellan, DMAS, 600 Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219, or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Emily McClellan 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 (www.townhall.com), on the General Notices page, found at: https://townhall.virginia.gov/L/generalnotice.cfm
In accordance with the 2021 Appropriations Act, Items 313.EEEE, UUUU, and VVVV, DMAS will be making the following changes:
Methods & Standards for Establishing Payment Rates-Other Types of Care (12 VAC 30-80)
1. The state plan is being revised to increase rates for psychiatric services by 14.7 percent to the equivalent of 110 percent of Medicare rates, effective July 1, 2021.
The expected increase in annual aggregate expenditures is $593,674 in state general funds, $ $46,102 in special funds, and $1,046,444 in federal funds in federal fiscal year 2021.
2. The state plan is being revised to increase rates for anesthesiologists to reflect the equivalent of 70 percent of the 2019 Medicare rates.
The expected increase in annual aggregate expenditures is $65,623 in state general funds, $189,985 in federal funds, and $13,379 in special funds in federal fiscal year 2021.
3. The state plan is being revised to increase the supplemental physician payments for physicians employed at a freestanding children's hospital serving children in Planning District 8 to the maximum allowed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services within the limit of the appropriation provided for this purpose. The total supplemental Medicaid payment shall be based on the Upper Payment Limit approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and all other Virginia Medicaid fee-for-service payments.
The expected increase in annual aggregate expenditures is $88,692 in state general funds and $88,692 in federal funds in federal fiscal year 2021.