Responding within a time-sensitive comment period, The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has offered feedback to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its proposed Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services.
CMS put forth several provisions relating to documentation procedures nationwide as well as review processes for Medicaid fee-for-service rate changes.
In a statement addressed to Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for CMS, HAP encouraged CMS to require itemized hospital services, widen the criteria for review requirements and extend review regulations to managed care and certain demonstration waivers. The association also recommended that states mandate comparative Medicaid provider payment schedules in contrast to other plans.
Additionally, HAP supports reducing the time period for rate reduction observation from five to three years; having states deal with flaws in access within 90 days of detection; and publicizing states’ access review procedures along with significant information impacting provider rates both through public notice and documentation by amending state plans.
“Whichever option CMS chooses, it is vitally important that the agency take action,” Jeffrey Bechtel, HAP’s senior vice president of health economics and policy, said.
The CMS comment period ends on Jan. 4.
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