Sunday, October 05, 2008

Notice: Medicaid Medicare New Rule Put on Hold

October 3, 2008

NAMA has been working behind the scenes with provider organizations regarding a New Rule proposed by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare that would set low limits for both Medicaid and Medicare. But the greatest impact it would have had would be to stop all Medicaid funding for methadone treatment.

It was worded in a way that if Medicare did not cover a service then Medicaid would also have to eliminate that service. It not only impacted methadone treatment but many other services that are not provided within a hosptial, such as: dialysis, women's services, HIV services, disabled children and mental health. Since the majority of programs are not hospital based and Medicaid funding would be ended.

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare also proposed 6 other rules that have also been put on hold until April 2009.

Here are some documents you can read about the rule.

Upper Payment Limit Federal Register
CMS Upper Payment Limit Rule-Coalition Response
Comment on Outpatient Hospital

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