DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance
Standards for the Coverage of Organ Transplant Services
In compliance with the State's Administrative Procedures Act (APA - Title 29, Chapter 101 of the Delaware Code), with 42 CFR §447.205 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) intends to submit a state plan amendment regarding Organ Transplants, specifically, standards for the coverage of organ and tissue transplant services.
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 2, 2014.
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 provides notice to the public that Delaware Health and Social Services/Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DHSS/DMMA) intends to submit a state plan amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Organ Transplants, specifically, standards for the coverage of organ and tissue transplant services.
Section 9507 of the federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA), codified as section 1903(i) of the Social Security Act, requires states, as part of the Medicaid program, to establish standards for coverage of transplantation services. Specifically, Section l903(i)(1) requires the denial of Federal Financial Participation (FFP) for organ transplants unless the State plan provides written standards concerning the coverage of such procedures. The statute does not list the transplant procedures for which standards must be written, but the organs about which questions are most commonly asked are: cornea, kidney, heart, liver, bone marrow, pancreas and combined heart-lung. States can choose to cover no organ transplant procedures, some types of transplants and not others, or all transplants. States should specify in the written standards which organs the state covers and any special conditions or limitations which apply to them.
Standards for Coverage
If a state covers organ transplant procedures, written standards must be furnished for the coverage of these procedures which provide that:
Coverage for organ transplants is described in Attachment 3.1-E of the Medicaid State plan pursuant to the requirement of 42 CFR 441.35 (Organ Transplants), and meet the requirements of Section 4201 (Organ Transplants) of the State Medicaid Manual.
Summary of Proposal
Delaware Medicaid currently covers the following transplant procedures for eligible Medicaid recipients:
Prior authorization is required for all transplant services.
Medicaid State Plan page Attachment 3.1-E establishes standards and criteria for tissue and organ transplant services. The purpose of the proposed state plan amendment is to update standards for coverage or organ transplant services by adding “Intestinal transplant” to the list of transplant procedures to reflect long-standing practice. Also, as the current plan page is outdated, the amended state plan is reformatted to provide the information in a more useful manner as well as to update language to reflect current terms and usage, to incorporate citations, to clarify text to reflect current policy and, to reconcile state plan and provider manual policies.
The agency’s proposal involves no change in the definition of those eligible to receive benefits under Medicaid, and the transplantation services benefits available to eligible recipients remains the same.
The provisions of this state plan amendment are subject to approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Upon CMS approval, the applicable Delaware Medical Assistance Program (DMAP) Provider Policy Specific Manuals will be updated.
Fiscal Impact Statement
This revision imposes no increase in cost on the General Fund.
DMMA PROPOSED REGULATION #14-31
Revision: HCFA-PM-87-4 ATTACHMENT 3.1-E
MARCH 1987 Page 1
STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
STANDARDS FOR THE COVERAGE OF ORGAN AND TISSUE TRANSPLANT SERVICES
Coverage of Transplant Services
The following types of medically necessary organ and tissue transplantation procedures are covered as specified in the Delaware Medical Assistance Program (DMAP) Provider Specific Policy Manuals:
Coverage is limited to transplant services that are specified in the Delaware Medical Assistance Program (DMAP) Provider Specific Policy Manuals. Additionally, the criteria for determining a recipient’s clinical eligibility for transplantation are specified in the DMAP Manuals, as well. The Delaware Medical Assistance Program Provider Specific Policy Manuals, including all updates to the manuals, are available on the DMAP website at: .
Experimental and/or Investigational Services
Services considered experimental and/or investigational are not a benefit of the Delaware Medical Assistance Program.
Reimbursement will be made for medically necessary transplant services provided to an eligible Delaware Medicaid recipient.
All transplants require prior authorization. Specific prior authorization requirements, including the Prior Authorization Request Form, may be found in the Delaware Medical Assistance Program Provider Manuals located on:
Standards for Coverage of Organ and Transplant Services
The following standards and criteria must be met before transplantation services are payable under the Delaware Medical Assistance Program:
Facility -The transplant facility must meet the requirements contained in Section 1138 of the Social Security Act, Hospital Protocols for Organ Procurement and Standards for Organ Procurement Agencies. The transplant facility performing the transplant must have approval for performing the surgery through the Certification of Need (CON) process and must supply supporting documentation of this.
Patient - Documentation from an appropriate attending specialist and admitting facility that all of the following conditions are met:
1. Current medical therapy has failed and will not prevent progressive disability and death;
2. The patient does not have other major systemic disease that would comprise the transplant outcome;
3. There is every reasonable expectation, upon considering all the circumstances involving the patient, that there will be strict adherence by the patient to the long-term difficult medical regimen which is required;
4. The transplant is likely to prolong life for at least two years, and to restore a range of physical and social function suited to activities of daily living;
5. The patient is not both in an irreversible terminal state (moribund) and on a life support system;
6. The patient has a diagnosis appropriate for the transplant;
7. The patient does not have multiple uncorrectable severe major system congenital anomalies.