CMS Publishes Proposed Rule on Medicaid Fiscal Accountability
On November 12, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking(NPRM) on Medicaid fiscal accountability. The NPRM covers a wide variety of Medicaid financing structures and mechanisms that CMS views as posing risks to the fiscal integrity of the program, including supplemental payment arrangements, provider taxes and donations, and sources of state share of Medicaid funding. The rule proposes a number of new reporting requirements and practices that CMS believes will give it certainty in assessing and approving state financing arrangements, and directly responds to concerns raised by federal oversight entities such as the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.
The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) published the following overview in their November 19, 2019 Bi-Weekly Update.
A high-level overview of the rule's topics includes:
This NPRM was formally published in the Federal Register on November 18 with a 60-day comment period closing on January 17, 2020.
As noted, this NPRM covers a broad range of topics. The area that will most likely directly affect School-Based Medicaid billing is within the Requirements on Provider Sources of Non-Federal Share, specifically supplemental payments and state share match sources.
If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to:
John Hill, NAME Executive Director Amy Edwards, NAME Governmental Affairs
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Overall benefits database: https://www.kff.org/data-collection/medicaid-benefits-database/
Behavioral health service database: https://www.kff.org/data-collection/medicaid-behavioral-health-services-database
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