Every year, California’s hospitals treat millions of patients, many of them covered by Medi-Cal, the state’s health care safety net. This includes numerous essential health care services for Californians, including care for more than 50% of all births, 46% of behavioral health-related emergency department visits, 58% of rural hospital patient care days, 1 million inpatient stays, and nearly 16 million outpatient visits in 2018. CHA is committed to protecting Medi-Cal rates and assuring that the state’s neediest maintain access to the high quality of care that all Californians deserve.
On July 26, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its Medi-Cal Rx contractor Magellan announced a delay in the first wave of reinstatement of prior authorizations for new start medications in 11 therapeutic drug classes from late August to Sept. 16.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requiring hospitals to offset reimbursement requests for qualified COVID-19 expenses for any third-party claims payment for health care services. However, the agency has not offered any detailed guidance on how any patient care-related revenue should be offset, and is relying on hospitals to provide a methodology.
As previously announced in CHA News, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its Medi-Cal Rx contractor Magellan will reinstate pharmacy claim edits and Reject Code 88 for diagnosis and drug utilization review requirements on July 22.
The Department of Health Care Services has announced its Medi-Cal provider training webinar schedule for August.
On June 29, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced that, effective July 1, Medi-Cal will cover community health worker (CHW) services, including violence prevention and asthma prevention.
On June 30, the Department of Health Care Services announced an extension and reminder to all participating Medi-Cal Rx providers and billers to submit their completed Medi-Cal Rx Telecommunications Provider and Biller Application/Agreement Form by July 31. If a provider’s form is not received by July 31, they will NOT be able to continue to […]
On June 23, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved the Medi-Cal managed care rates for state fiscal year (SFY) 2018-19.
The Department of Health Care Services has provided updated information on treatment authorization request (TAR) criteria for acute inpatient rehabilitation.