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Medicaid State Plan Amendments
A Medicaid and CHIP state plan is an agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.
When a state is planning to make a change to its program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. States also submit SPAs to request permissible program changes, make corrections, or update their Medicaid or CHIP state plan with new information.
Persons with disabilities having problems accessing the SPA PDF files may call 410-786-0429 for assistance.
Summary: Updates fee schedule reimbursement as of March 1, 2020 for targeted case management services: (1) Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED, (2) Youth with SED in an Out-of-State PRTF, (3) Adults with Severe Disabling Mental Illness, (4) Substance Use
Disorders (SUD) – Youth and (5) SUD - Adult.
Summary: This time-limited state plan amendment responds to the COVID-19 national emergency. The purpose of this amendment is to allow for hospital presumptive eligibility for a number of optional groups and authorizes 2 PE periods within a calendar year while waiting performance standards during the emergency. This SPA also waives all copays during the emergency. These changes also apply to the approved Alternative Benefit Plan. The SPA allows for broad use of telehealth with reimbursement based on the current face-to-face fee schedule. Prior authorization for medications and Preferred Drug List exceptions are modified under this SPA.
Summary: Updates the scope of the state's pharmacist-covered services in order to align with Iowa's new protocols for (1) pharmacists ordering and dispensing naloxone and nicotine replacement therapy tobacco cessation products, and (2) pharmacists ordering and administering vaccines.
Summary: This time-limited state plan amendment responds to the COVID-19 national emergency. The purpose of this amendment is to suspend cost sharing for testing services, testing-related services, and treatment for COVID-19 (including vaccines, specialized equipment and therapies); Suspends premiums for Working Disabled and TMA; Allow Home health to be ordered and plans of care authorized by new provider types (Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Clinical Nurse Specialist; and Nurse Midwife); Increase the NF bedhold to 90 days provided the bed has not been filled; Add teledentistry reevaluation - post operative visit; and add codes and rates for teledentistry services added.