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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance
Statutory Authority: 31 Delaware Code, Section 512 (31 Del.C. §512)
 
PROPOSED
 
PUBLIC NOTICE
 
Freestanding Birth Center Services
 
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 reflect the addition of freestanding birth center services as a mandatory Medicaid benefit, in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), P.L. 111-148.
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 September 30, 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 reflect the addition of freestanding birth center services as a mandatory Medicaid benefit, in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), P.L. 111-148.
 
Statutory Authority
 
Background
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Section 2301, added freestanding birth center services to section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act as a mandatory Medicaid state plan service, effective March 23, 2010. This provision ensures Medicaid coverage of care provided in freestanding birth centers. Section 2301 requires States that recognize freestanding birth centers to provide coverage and separate payments for freestanding birth center facility services and services rendered by certain professionals providing services in a freestanding birth center, to the extent the State licenses or otherwise recognizes such providers under State law.
States will need to submit amendments to their Medicaid State plans that specify coverage and separate reimbursement of freestanding birth center facility services and professional services in order to comply with this provision.
 
Summary of Proposal
While the State already covers this service, this state plan amendment (SPA) establishes services provided by birthing centers as a Medicaid state plan services and modifies reimbursement methodology to allow birthing centers and providers furnishing services in birthing centers to receive payment as mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Attachment 3.1-A and Attachment 4.19-B are amended by identifying birthing centers as eligible Medicaid providers and providing for direct Medicaid payments for birthing center services.
 
Fiscal Impact Statement
The proposed amendment imposes no increase in costs on the General Fund.
 
DMMA PROPOSED REGULATIONS #11-30
REVISION:
 
REVISION ATTACHMENT 3.1-A
Page 11
 
STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
 
State/Territory: DELAWARE
 
AMOUNT, DURATION, AND SCOPE OF MEDICAL AND REMEDIAL CARE
AND SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE CATEGORICALLY NEEDY
 
25. (i) Licensed or Otherwise State-Approved Freestanding Birthing Center Services
Provided: ___ No limitations X With limitations* ___ None licensed or approved
Please describe any limitations: See ATTACHMENT 3.1-A Page 11 Addendum
 
25. (ii) Licensed or Otherwise State-Recognized covered professionals in the Freestanding Birthing Center Services
Provided: ___ No limitations X With limitations* (please describe below)
____ Not Applicable (there are no licensed or State approved Freestanding Birth Centers)
Please describe any limitations: See ATTACHMENT 3.1-A Page 11 Addendum
Please check all that apply:
X (a) Practitioners furnishing mandatory services described in another benefit category and otherwise covered under the State plan (i.e., physicians and certified nurse midwives).
X (b) Other licensed practitioners furnishing prenatal, labor and delivery, or postpartum care in a freestanding birth center within the scope of practice under State law whose services are otherwise covered under 42 CFR 440.60 (e.g., lay midwives, certified professional midwives (CPMs), and any other type of licensed midwife). *
___ (c) Other health care professionals licensed or otherwise recognized by the State to provide these birth attendant services (e.g., doulas, lactation consultant, etc.).*
 
*For (b) and (c) above, please list and identify below each type of professional who will be providing birth center services:
 
(Break in Continuity of Sections)
 
REVISION ATTACHMENT 3.1-A
Page 11 Addendum
 
STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
State/Territory: Delaware
 
LIMITATIONS ON AMOUNT, DURATION, AND SCOPE OF MEDICAL AND
REMDIAL CARE AND SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE CATEGORICALLY NEEDY
 
25. Licensed or Otherwise State-Approved Freestanding Birth Center Services
(a) Subject to the specifications, conditions, limitations, and requirements established by the single state agency or its designee, birth center facility services, under this State Plan, are limited to birth centers licensed by the State of Delaware and in compliance with regulations found in the Delaware Administrative Code or other legally authorized licensing authority under applicable state laws.
(b) Birth center facility services are those services determined by the attending physician (MD or DO) or certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or licensed midwife to be reasonable and necessary for the care of the mother and newborn child following the mother's pregnancy. The center and attending physician or CNM must be licensed at the time and place the services are provided. Reimbursable services are limited to services provided by the birthing center during the labor, delivery, and postpartum periods.
(c) Services provided by a physician or CNM or licensed midwife are not considered to be birth center services by the Delaware Medical Assistance Program.
(d) For services other than birth center facility services, other applicable provisions of the Title XIX State Plan and the Delaware Medical Assistance Program will apply.
 
(Break in Continuity of Sections)
 
ATTACHMENT 4.19-B
Page 22
 
STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
State/Territory: DELAWARE
 
METHODS AND STANDARDS FOR ESTABLISHING PAYMENT RATES –
FREESTANDING BIRTH CENTER SERVICES
 
Medicaid providers of freestanding birth center services are reimbursed as follows:
Reimbursement of freestanding birthing centers is based on a fee-for-service basis. The payment for freestanding birthing center services is limited to the lower of the billed or allowed amount. Established procedure code and revenue code rates govern the birthing center payments. The Medicaid procedure codes are set at a percentage of the Medicare rates for HCPC and CPT codes and a percentage of Medicare rates for lab and x-ray codes. The HCPC and CPT code fee schedules are available on the Delaware Medical Assistance Program (DMAP) website, at: http://www.dmap.state.de.us/home/index.html.
The revenue code rates were established by Medicaid. Except as noted in the State Plan, state-developed fee schedule rates are the same for both governmental and private individual practitioners and the fee schedule and any annual/periodic adjustments to the fee schedule are published on the Delaware DMAP website. The agency’s fee schedule rate was set as of March 1, 2011, and is effective for services provided on or after that date. All rates are published on the Delaware DMAP website, located at: http://www.dmap.state.de.us/home/index.html.
The revenue codes used for the reimbursement of freestanding birthing center services will be indexed forward on an annual basis (Medicare HCPC cycle) using the Medicare outpatient hospital market basket update.
15 DE Reg. 274 (09/01/11) (Prop.)