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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance
Statutory Authority: 16 Delaware Code, Section 512 (16 Del.C. §512)
 
PROPOSED
 
PUBLIC NOTICE
 
Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
 
In compliance with the State's Administrative Procedures Act (APA - Title 29, Chapter 101 of the Delaware Code) and under the authority of Title 31 of the Delaware Code, Chapter 5, Section 512, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) / Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) is proposing to amend the Delaware Title XIX Medicaid State Plan to add Medicaid coverage for Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) as an optional service.
Any person who wishes to make written suggestions, compilations of data, testimony, briefs or other written materials concerning the proposed new regulations must submit same to Sharon L. Summers, Planning & Policy Development Unit, Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, 1901 North DuPont Highway, P.O. Box 906, New Castle, Delaware 19720-0906 or by fax to 302-255-4425 by October 31, 2011.
The action concerning the determination of whether to adopt the proposed regulation will be based upon the results of Department and Division staff analysis and the consideration of the comments and written materials filed by other interested persons.
 
SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL
 
The proposed amends the Delaware Title XIX Medicaid State Plan to add Medicaid coverage for Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) as an optional service. PACE is a provider type under Medicare that allows states the option to pay for PACE services under Medicaid. The PACE program is capitated by both Medicare and Medicaid to provide all medical and long-term care services.
 
Statutory Authority
42 CFR Part 460, Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly
 
Background
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a benefit authorized by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) that features a comprehensive service delivery system and integrated Medicare and Medicaid financing. The PACE model was developed to address the needs of long-term care clients, providers, and payers. For most participants, the comprehensive service package permits them to continue living at home while receiving services rather than be institutionalized. Through PACE, organizations are able to deliver all services covered by PACE which participants need rather than only those services reimbursable under the Medicare and Medicaid fee-for-service systems.
The BBA establish PACE within the Medicare program and enable States to provide PACE services to Medicaid beneficiaries as a State option. In order to provide this Medicaid benefit, States must elect to cover PACE services as a State plan option and also enter into a program agreement with the PACE provider and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). PACE providers must operate under both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The program agreement is the contract between the PACE provider, the State, and the Federal government, and is the mechanism for receiving Federal matching funds for PACE services.
Eligibility - Participants must be at least 55 years old, live in the PACE service area, and be certified as eligible for nursing home care by the appropriate State agency. The PACE program becomes the sole source of services for Medicare and Medicaid eligible enrollees.
Services - An interdisciplinary team, consisting of professional and paraprofessional staff, assesses participants' needs, develops care plans, and delivers all services (including acute care services and when necessary, nursing facility services) which are integrated for a seamless provision of total care. PACE programs provide social and medical services primarily in an adult day health center, supplemented by in-home and referral services in accordance with the participant's needs. The PACE service package must include all Medicare and Medicaid covered services, and other services determined necessary by the multidisciplinary team to improve and maintain the care of the PACE participant.
Payment - PACE providers receive monthly Medicare and Medicaid capitation payments for each eligible Medicare and Medicaid enrollee. Medicare eligible participants who are not eligible for Medicaid pay monthly premiums equal to the Medicaid capitation amount, but no deductibles, coinsurance, or other type of Medicare or Medicaid cost-sharing applies. PACE providers assume full financial risk for participants' care without limits on amount, duration, or scope of services.
 
Summary of Proposal
The intent of this rule is to implement the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (or PACE) program as administered by the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) and to address the responsibilities of DMMA as the state administering agency under 42 CFR 460.
The proposed amendments add Medicaid coverage for PACE, as allowed under federal Medicaid regulations at 42 CFR Part 460. For a monthly capitated rate, a PACE organization provides all preventive, primary, acute, and long-term care services to persons who enroll in the program. To become a PACE organization, an entity must be approved both by the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) and by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The organization must enter into a three-party agreement with DMMA and CMS committing to abide by state rules and federal regulations for PACE programs. The agreement must specify which areas the program will serve. The State plan amendment (SPA) must be approved before CMS can enter into a PACE program agreement.
The provisions of this SPA are subject to approval by the CMS.
 
Fiscal Impact Statement
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a capitated benefit authorized by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) that features a comprehensive service delivery system and integrated Medicare and Medicaid financing. Capitated financing allows providers to deliver all services participants need rather than be limited to those reimbursable under the Medicare and Medicaid fee-for-service systems.
PACE providers receive monthly Medicare and Medicaid capitation payments for each eligible enrollee. Medicare eligible participants who are not eligible for Medicaid pay monthly premiums equal to the Medicaid capitation amount, but no deductibles, coinsurance, or other type of Medicare or Medicaid cost-sharing applies. PACE providers assume full financial risk for participants' care without limits on amount, duration, or scope of services.
DMMA will assure CMS that the PACE program will be budget-neutral.
 
DMMA PROPOSED REGULATION #11-40
REVISION:
 
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STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
State/Territory: DELAWARE
 
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Agency* Citation(s) Groups Covered
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
 
B. Optional Groups Other Than the Medically Needy(Continued)
 
42 CFR 435.217 X 4. A group or groups of individuals who would be eligible for
Medicaid under the plan if they were in a NF or an ICF/
MR, who but for the provision of home and community-
based services under a waiver granted under 42 CFR
Part 441, Subpart G would require institutionalization,
and who will receive home and community-based
services under the waiver. The group or groups covered
are listed in the waiver request. This option is effective on
the effective date of the State’s section 1915(c) waiver
under which this group(s) is covered. In the event and
existing 1915(c) is amended to cover this group(s), this
option is effective on the effective date of the
amendment.
 
X PACE enrollees and will be effective on the effective
date of the amendment electing PACE as an optional
State plan service.
 
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STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
State/Territory: DELAWARE
 
Citation 3.1(a)(1) Amount, Duration, and Scope of Services: Categorically Needy
1905(a)(26) (Continued)
and 1934
_X_ Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) services, as described
and limited in Supplement 2 to Attachment 3.1‑A.
 
ATTACHMENT 3.1‑A identifies the medical and remedial services provided to
the categorically needy. (Note: Other programs to be offered to Categorically
Needy beneficiaries would specify all limitations on the amount, duration and
scope of those services. As PACE provides services to the frail elderly
population without such limitation, this is not applicable for this program. In
addition, other programs to be offered to Categorically Needy beneficiaries
would also list the additional coverage -that is in excess of established service
limits- for pregnancy‑related services for conditions that may complicate the
pregnancy. As PACE is for the frail elderly population, this also is not
applicable for this program.)
 
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STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
State/Territory: DELAWARE
 
Amount, Duration, and Scope of Services OF MEDICAL AND REMEDIAL CARE
SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE CATEGORICALLY NEEDY
 
25. Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) services, as described in
Supplement 2 to Attachment 3.1‑A.
 
_X_ Election of PACE: By virtue of this submittal, the State elects PACE as an optional State Plan service.
___ No election of PACE: By virtue of this submittal, the State elects to not add PACE as an optional State Plan
service.
 
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STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
State/Territory: DELAWARE
 
I. Eligibility
 
The State determines eligibility for PACE enrollees under rules applying to community groups.
 
A._X_ The State determines eligibility for PACE enrollees under rules applying to institutional groups as provided
for in section 1902(a)(10)(A)(ii)(VI) of the Act (42 CFR 435.217 in regulations). The State has elected to cover
under its State plan the eligibility groups specified under these provisions in the statute and regulations.
Spousal impoverishment eligibility rules will apply. The applicable groups are:
Individuals receiving services under this program are eligible under the following eligibility groups:
(If this option is selected, please identify, by statutory and/or regulatory reference, the institutional eligibility group
or groups under which the State determines eligibility for PACE enrollees. Please note that these groups must be
covered under the State’s Medicaid plan.)
 
B. ____ The State determines eligibility for PACE enrollees under rules applying to institutional groups, but
chooses not to apply post-eligibility treatment of income rules to those individuals. (If this option is selected, skip to
II - Compliance and State Monitoring of the PACE Program.
 
C. _X_ The State determines eligibility for PACE enrollees under rules applying to institutional groups, and applies
post-eligibility treatment of income rules to those individuals as specified below. Note that the post-eligibility
treatment of income rules specified below are the same as those that apply to the State’s approved HCBS
waiver(s).
 
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State/Territory: DELAWARE
 
Regular Post Eligibility
 
1. _X_ SSI State. The State is using the post-eligibility rules at 42 CFR 435.726. Payment for PACE services is
reduced by the amount remaining after deducting the following amounts from the PACE enrollee’s income.
(a). Sec. 435.726--States which do not use more restrictive eligibility requirements than SSI.
1. Allowances for the needs of the:
(A.) Individual (check one)
1._X_The following standard included under the State plan (check one):
(a) _____SSI
(b) _____Medically Needy
(c) __X_ The special income level for the institutionalized
(d) _____Percent of the Federal Poverty Level: ______%
(e) _____Other (specify):________________________
2._N/A_The following dollar amount: $________
Note: If this amount changes, this item will be revised.
3._N/A_ The following formula is used to determine the needs allowance:
___________________________________________________
 
Note: If the amount protected for PACE enrollees in item 1 is equal to, or greater than the maximum amount of income a PACE enrollee may have and be eligible under PACE, enter N/A in items 2 and 3.
(B.) Spouse only (check one):
1.____ SSI Standard
2.____ Optional State Supplement Standard
3.____ Medically Needy Income Standard
4.____ The following dollar amount: $________
Note: If this amount changes, this item will be revised.
5 ____ The following percentage of the following standard that is not greater than the
standards above: _____% of ______ standard.
6._X _ The amount is determined using the following formula:
150% of the FPL for two plus any amount by which actual shelter expenses exceed
this standard, up to the maximum as established each January 1 by the federal
government.
7.____ Not applicable (N/A)
 
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STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
State/Territory: DELAWARE
 
Regular Post Eligibility Continued
 
(C.) Family (check one):
1.____ AFDC need standard
2.____ Medically needy income standard
 
The amount specified below cannot exceed the higher of the need standard for a family of the same size used to determine eligibility under the State’s approved AFDC plan or the medically needy income standard established under 435.811 for a family of the same size.
3.____ The following dollar amount: $_______
Note: If this amount changes, this item will be revised.
4.____ The following percentage of the following standard
that is not greater than the standards above:______%
of______ standard.
5._ X_ The amount is determined using the following formula:
One-third of 150% of the FPL for two.
6.____ Other
7.____ Not applicable (N/A)
 
(2). Medical and remedial care expenses in 42 CFR 435.726.
 
Regular Post Eligibility
 
2. _____ 209(b) State, a State that is using more restrictive eligibility requirements than SSI. The State is using
the post-eligibility rules at 42 CFR 435.735. Payment for PACE services is reduced by the amount
remaining after deducting the following amounts from the PACE enrollee’s income.
(a) 42 CFR 435.735--States using more restrictive requirements than SSI.
1. Allowances for the needs of the:
(A.) Individual (check one)
1.___The following standard included under the State plan (check one):
(a) _____SSI
(b) _____Medically Needy
(c) _____The special income level for the institutionalized
(d) _____Percent of the Federal Poverty Level: ______%
(e) _____Other (specify):________________________
 
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2.___The following dollar amount: $________
Note: If this amount changes, this item will be revised.
3.___The following formula is used to determine the needs allowance:
___________________________________________________
___________________________________________________
 
Note: If the amount protected for PACE enrollees in item 1 is equal to, or greater than the maximum amount of income a PACE enrollee may have and be eligible under PACE, enter N/A in items 2 and 3.
(B.) Spouse only (check one):
1.____The following standard under 42 CFR 435.121:
___________________________________________________
2.____The Medically needy income standard
___________________________________________________
3.____The following dollar amount: $________
Note: If this amount changes, this item will be revised.
4.____The following percentage of the following standard that is not
greater than the standards above: _____% of ______
standard.
5.____The amount is determined using the following formula:
__________________________________________________
__________________________________________________
6.____Not applicable (N/A)
 
(C.) Family (check one):
1.____AFDC need standard
2 ____Medically needy income standard
 
The amount specified below cannot exceed the higher of the need standard for a family of the same size used to determine eligibility under the State’s approved AFDC plan or the medically needy income standard established under 435.811 for a family of the same size.
3.____The following dollar amount: $_______
Note: If this amount changes, this item will be revised.
4.____The following percentage of the following standard that is not greater than the
standards above:______% of______ standard.
5.____The amount is determined using the following formula:
______________________________________________
______________________________________________
6.____ Other
7.____ Not applicable (N/A)
 
(b) Medical and remedial care expenses specified in 42 CFR 435.735.
 
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STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
State/Territory: DELAWARE
 
Spousal Post Eligibility
 
3._X_ State uses the post-eligibility rules of Section 1924 of the Act (spousal impoverishment protection) to
determine the individual’s contribution toward the cost of PACE services if it determines the individual’s
eligibility under section 1924 of the Act. There shall be deducted from the individual’s monthly income a
personal needs allowance (as specified below), and a community spouse’s allowance, a family allowance,
and an amount for incurred expenses for medical or remedial care, as specified in the State Medicaid plan.
(a.) Allowances for the needs of the:
1. Individual (check one)
(A)._ X_ The following standard included under the State plan (check one):
1. _____SSI
2. _____Medically Needy
3. __X_ The special income level for the institutionalized
4. _____Percent of the Federal Poverty Level: ______%
5. _____Other (specify):________________________
(B)._____The following dollar amount: $________
Note: If this amount changes, this item will be revised.
(C)_____The following formula is used to determine the needs
allowance:
___________________________________________________
___________________________________________________
 
If this amount is different than the amount used for the individual’s
maintenance allowance under 42 CFR 435.726 or 42 CFR 435.735,
explain why you believe that this amount is reasonable to meet the
individual’s maintenance needs in the community:
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
 
 
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STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
State/Territory: DELAWARE
 
II. Rates and Payments
 
A. The State assures CMS that the capitated rates will be equal to or less than the cost to the agency of providing
those same fee-for-service State plan approved services on a fee-for-service basis, to an equivalent non-enrolled
population group based upon the following methodology. Please attach a description of the negotiated rate setting
methodology and how the State will ensure that rates are less than the cost in fee-for-service.
1._X* Rates are set at a percent of fee-for-service costs
2.___ Experience-based (contractors/State’s cost experience or encounter date) (please describe)
3.___ Adjusted Community Rate (please describe)
4.___ Other (please describe)
*See Pages 7 and 8 for description of rate setting methodology
 
B. The State Medicaid Agency assures that the rates were set in a reasonable and predictable manner. Please list
the name, organizational affiliation of any actuary used, and attestation/description for the initial capitation rates.
 
Mercer Government Human Services Consulting
2325 East Camelback Road, Suite 600
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Attention: Frederick P. Gibison, Jr.
1.602.522.6526
 
C. The State will submit all capitated rates to the CMS Regional Office for prior approval.
 
 
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STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
State/Territory: DELAWARE
 
CAPITATED RATE METHODOLOGY
 
Base Data Source and Analysis
 
The PACE rates are based on the Upper Payment Limit (UPL) methodology. The historical fee for service target population data is extracted for claims and eligibility for more than one year. PACE eligible populations used to develop the PACE UPLs are individuals enrolled in home and community based waivers (HCBS) and individuals in nursing facilities. These two populations serve as the basis upon which the PACE UPLs are developed.
 
Claims and eligibility data are gathered for both Medicaid-only individuals receiving the aforementioned services and also those individuals fully dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare Parts A/B/D. Historical FFS data is compiled by date of service for the applicable year from the State’s MMIS and eligibility system. Data for clients in the aforementioned two groups who are not eligible to enroll in PACE (e.g. those under age 55) are excluded from the database. The PACE UPLs include payment for all covered Medicaid services as well as Medicare coinsurance and deductible payments for full dual eligible clients. The final UPLs are developed for two rating groups: Dual Eligible – Age 55+ and Medicaid-only Age 55+.
 
The FFS data used in the analysis is reviewed for reasonableness to be (or as necessary adjusted to be) appropriate for UPL development as described in the most current version of the CMS PACE checklist.
 
Data for partial dual eligible populations were specifically excluded from the analysis, as they are not entitled to Medicaid services. These populations are excluded from Delaware’s PACE program: Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWI), Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB) and Qualifying Individuals (QI1 and QI2).
 
Adjustments to Develop the UPL
 
The prospective UPL is subject to the following adjustments;
 
Base Data Adjustments: The historical FFS base data are adjusted to comply with the requirements in the PACE UPL checklist and to ensure that the UPLs reflect what otherwise would have been paid under the State plan if participants were not enrolled in PACE (e.g., FFS pharmacy rebates, completion factors, copayments and patient liability).
 
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STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
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CAPITATED RATE METHODOLOGY (cont’d)
 
Prospective Trend: Trend is an estimate of the change in the overall cost of providing health care benefits over a finite period of time. A trend factor is necessary to estimate the cost of health care services in a defined contract period. As part of the UPL development for the PACE program, annual per-member-per-month (PMPM) trend rates by consolidated COS are developed. The base data is trended forward to the midpoint of the contract period.
Programmatic Changes: Programmatic changes recognize the impact of changes to benefits, eligibility or State reimbursement that take place between the base period and the projection period.
 
PACE Capitation Rates
 
The State will ensure compliance with 42 CFR 460.182(b) by assuring that the PACE capitation rates will be a fixed percentage, of less than 100 percent, of the respective PACE UPL amounts. This percentage will consider differences between the FFS population from which the PACE UPLs were built and the expected enrollment in the PACE plans including relative acuity and the impact of better care management/care coordination.
 
 
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III. Enrollment and Disenrollment
 
The State assures that there is a process in place to provide for dissemination of enrollment and disenrollment data
between the State and the State Administering Agency. The State assures that it has developed and will implement
procedures for the enrollment and disenrollment of participants in the State’s management information system,
including procedures for any adjustment to account for the difference between the estimated number of participants on
which the prospective monthly payment was based and the actual number of participants in that month.
 
15 DE Reg. 437 (10/01/11) (Prop.)