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 April 21, 2017
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 for Long Term Care (12 VAC 30-90).
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 William Lessard, Provider Reimbursement Division, DMAS, 600 Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219, and this notice is available for public review on the Regulatory Town Hall (www.townhall.com). Comments or inquiries may be submitted, in writing, within 30 days of this notice publication to Mr. Lessard and such comments are available for review at the same address.
DMAS is specifically soliciting input from stakeholders, providers and beneficiaries, on the potential impact of the proposed change in reimbursement for nursing facilities in the event of a disaster. Comments or inquiries may be submitted, in writing, within 30 days of this notice publication to Mr. Lessard 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. (http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/Forums.cfm)
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
Reimbursement Changes Affecting Long Term Care (12 VAC 30-90)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a final rule in November, 2016, entitled "Emergency Preparedness" (42 CFR 483.73) which requires long term care facilities to establish and maintain an emergency preparedness program.
DMAS is submitting a state plan amendment to clarify reimbursement provisions relating to reimbursement to a disaster struck nursing facility. The disaster struck facility may continue to be reimbursed at the current rate for the evacuated individuals for up to 30 calendar days.
There will be no change in reimbursement to nursing facilities.