Department of Health & Human Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
61 Forsyth Street S.W. Suite 4T20
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8909
September 3, 2019
Mr. Blake T. Fulenwider
Chief, Division of Medical Assistance Plans
Georgia Department of Community Health
2 Peachtree Street, NW, 36th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3159
Dear Mr. Fulenwider:
The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar has declared a Public Health Emergency for Georgia which authorizes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to exercise authority under section 1135 of the Social Security Act to waive certain requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance programs during the emergency period.
Georgia Medicaid currently has the authority to rely upon screening that is performed by other SMAs and/or Medicare. Georgia is not required to create a temporary provisional enrollment for providers who are enrolled with another SMA or Medicare.
With respect to providers not already enrolled with another SMA or Medicare, CMS will waive the following screening requirements so the state/territory may provisionally, temporarily, enroll the providers:
- Payment of the application fee - 42 C.F.R 455.460
- Criminal background checks associated with FCBC- 42 C.F.R Section 455.434
- Site visits - 42 C.F.R Section 455.432
- In-state/territory licensure requirements - 42 C.F.R Section 455.412
For those providers located out of state/territory and from which Georgia Medicaid participants seek care, enrollment is not necessary if the following criteria are met:
- The item or service is furnished by an institutional provider, individual practitioner, or pharmacy at an out-of-state/territory practice location– i.e., locate outside the geographical boundaries of the reimbursing state/territory’s Medicaid plan,
- The NPI of the furnishing provider is represented on the claim,
- The furnishing provider is enrolled and in an “approved” status in Medicare or in another state/territory’s Medicaid plan,
- The claim represents services furnished, and;
- The claim represents either:
- A single instance of care furnished over a 180 day period, or
- Multiple instances of care furnished to a single participant, over a 180 day period
If the Medicaid participant is enrolled with the Medicaid program from the disaster designated state, the final two criterion will be waived. Therefore, there is no limit to the instances of care furnished or to how many participants in a 180 day period.
In the instance that a certified provider is enrolled in Medicare or with a state/territory’s Medicaid program other than Georgia, Georgia may perform an expedited enrollment, as described above, of an out-of-state/territory facility in order to accommodate participants who were displaced by the disaster.
CMS is granting waiver authority to allow Georgia to enroll providers who are not currently enrolled by meeting the following minimum requirements:
- Must collect minimum data requirements in order to file claims and process, including, but not limited to NPI
- Must collect SSN/EIN/TIN in order to perform the following screening requirements:
- OIG exclusion list
- State/territory licensure – provider must be licensed, and legally authorized, in any state/territory to practice or deliver the services for which they intend to file claims
- Georgia may grant a provisional temporary enrollment that meets the following requirements:
- Must cease approving temporary provisional enrollments no later than the date that the disaster designation is lifted.
- Must cease payment to providers who are temporarily enrolled within six months from the date that the disaster designation is lifted, unless a provider has submitted an application that meets all requirements for Medicaid participation and that application was subsequently reviewed and approved by Georgia.
- Georgia must allow a retroactive effective date for provisional temporary enrollments that is no earlier than September 2, 2019.
Georgia may temporarily cease revalidation of providers who are located in Georgia or are otherwise directly impacted by the disaster.
These provider enrollment disaster relief efforts also apply to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
If you have any questions concerning this letter, feel free to contact Trina Roberts at 404-562-7418 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shantrina D. Roberts, MSN
Division of Medicaid Field Operations South