The NAME Governmental Affairs & Public Relations Committee is working with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to gather questions to help them prepare for their presentation at the 2015 Annual NAME Conference in Baltimore, MD, October 4-7, 2015.
CMS wants to hear from our NAME members regarding questions you would like them to provide answers to during their presentation in Baltimore.
Please refrain from asking Free Care Policy questions, since we have already requested and submitted to CMS, which they will use to prepare their presentation in Baltimore. Also, please do not include state specific question that can only be addressed by your state agency and not by CMS.
Please submit your questions by June 1, 2015 using this link:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published guidance online for states that opt to cover telemedicine services. Noting that “Telemedicine is viewed as a cost-effective alternative to the more traditional face-to-face way of providing medical care (e.g., face-to-face consultations or examinations between provider and patient),” the federal agency advises that a separate Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) is not required if states “decide to reimburse for telemedicine services the same way/amount that they pay for face-to-face services/visits/consultations.”
In July 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a 5-page informational bulletin related to services for those on the autism spectrum.
With many state agencies uncertain about what the CMS guidance means for them, many have taken no action yet. In February 2015, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) co-sponsored a webinar, “CMS Guidance and Autism Spectrum Disorders”, that provides perspective on how one state (Connecticut) has responded to the CMS guidance. Featuring an impressive array of presenters from AUCD, Easter Seals and the Autism Society, the slides from that presentation and contact information for the speakers have now been archived and are available to the public. The audio recording of the AUCD webinar is not yet available but when it is, NAME will inform our members. For the autism webinar slides and bios of the speakers, click here: February 2015 autism webinar.
In a December 15, 2014 letter to State Medicaid Directors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance regarding “free care”. This topic appears in a number of previous CMS guidance documents, including: “1997 Medicaid and School Health: A Technical Assistance Guide,” and “2003 Medicaid School-Based Administrative Claiming Guide.” The 12/15/14 letter provides clarification on “free care” in light of 2004 Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) Decision Number 1924.
NAME hopes to continue providing you information on this topic, as we reach out to our federal partners at CMS.