HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY
[Filed October 2, 2019, 10:44 a.m.]
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 19-10-061.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 182-543-1100 Client eligibility and 182-543-4200 Wheelchairs—Power-drive.
Hearing Location(s): On November 5, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at the Health Care Authority (HCA), Cherry Street Plaza, Sue Crystal Conference Room 106A, 626 8th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504. Metered public parking is available street side around building. A map is available at https://www.hca.wa.gov/assets/program/Driving-parking-checkin-instructions.pdf or directions can be obtained by calling 360-725-1000.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not sooner than November 6, 2019.
Submit Written Comments to: HCA Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 360-586-9727, by November 5, 2019.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Amber Lougheed, phone 360-725-1349, fax 360-586-9727, telecommunication relay services 711, email email@example.com, by October 25, 2019.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The agency is making changes to two sections in the medical equipment chapter. In WAC 182-543-1100(6), the agency is removing the requirement that a client enrolled in the alternative benefits plan have a qualifying condition to receive habilitative services. This revision aligns with WAC 182-545-400 Habilitative services.
In WAC 182-543-4200, the agency is clarifying the differences between adults and children who use power-drive wheelchairs by creating separate subsections. The rule clarifies that the agency pays for medically necessary power-drive wheelchairs that are prior authorized. In addition to the criteria set out in the rule, subsection (1)(c) states that the agency may pay for power wheelchairs on a case-by-case basis when prior authorized. Subsection (2) clarifies that the agency reviews requests for power wheelchairs for eligible children under the early and periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment program. Subsection (6) clarifies that the agency pays for more than one wheelchair when medically necessary for the client.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Eligibility criteria for power wheelchairs is different for adults and children, and separating this information helps clarify the rule.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: HCA, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Melinda Froud, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-1408; Implementation and Enforcement: Erin Mayo, P.O. Box 45506, Olympia, WA 98504-5506, 360-725-1729.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328
. RCW 34.05.328
does not apply to HCA rules unless requested by the joint administrative rules review committee or applied voluntarily.
The proposed rule does not impose more-than-minor costs on businesses. Following is a summary of the agency's analysis showing how costs were calculated. This rule does not impose any costs on businesses.
October 2, 2019
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-24-021, filed 11/27/18, effective 1/1/19)
WAC 182-543-1100Client eligibility.
(1) Refer to the table in WAC 182-501-0060 to see which Washington apple health programs include home health services, including medical equipment and related services, in their benefit package.
(2) For clients eligible under an alien emergency medical (AEM) program, see WAC 182-507-0115.
(3) Clients who are eligible for services under medicare and medicaid (medically needy program-qualified medicare beneficiaries) are eligible for medical equipment and related services.
(4) Clients who are enrolled in a medicaid agency-contracted managed care organization (MCO) must arrange for medical equipment and related services directly through the client's agency-contracted MCO. The agency does not pay for medical equipment or services provided to a client who is enrolled in an agency-contracted MCO, but chose not to use one of the MCO's participating providers.
(5) For clients who reside in a skilled nursing facility, see WAC 182-543-5700.
(6) Clients enrolled in the alternative benefits plan (defined in WAC 182-500-0010) are eligible for medical equipment when used as a habilitative service ((to treat a qualifying condition)) in accordance with WAC 182-545-400.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-24-021, filed 11/27/18, effective 1/1/19)
WAC 182-543-4200Covered wheelchairs—Power-drive.
The medicaid agency pays for medically necessary power-drive wheelchairs when prior authorized.
(a) The medicaid agency pays for power-drive wheelchairs for clients age twenty-one and older when the prescribing physician certifies that the following clinical criteria are met:
(((a)))(i) The client can ((independently))effectively and safely operate a power-drive wheelchair;
(((b)))(ii) The client's medical condition ((negates))prevents the ((client's ability to self-propel))client from self-propelling any of the wheelchairs listed in the manual wheelchair category ((in any setting where normal life activities take place; and
(b) A power-drive wheelchair will((:
(i)))provide the client the only means of independent mobility in any setting where normal life activities take place((; or
(ii) Enable a child to achieve age-appropriate independence and developmental milestones)).
(c) The agency may also pay for power wheelchairs on a case-by-case basis when prior authorized as described in WAC 182-501-0165. The agency determines medical necessity based on documentation submitted by the provider.
(2) Children. The agency reviews requests for power wheelchairs for a person age twenty and younger using the standard for coverage under the EPSDT program according to the provisions of WAC 182-534-0100.
(3) Three or four wheeled power-drive scooters/power-operated vehicles (POV). Additionally, for a three or four-wheeled power-drive scooter/power-operated vehicle (POV), the prescribing physician must certify the client's condition is unlikely to require a standard power-drive wheelchair within the next two years.
(((3)))(4) Client's primary wheelchair. When the agency approves a power-drive wheelchair for a client who already has a manual wheelchair, the power-drive wheelchair becomes the client's primary chair, unless the client meets the criteria in subsection (((5)))(6) of this section.
(((4)))(5) Payment for primary wheelchair. The agency pays to maintain only the client's primary wheelchair, unless the conditions of subsection (((6)))(7) of this section apply.
(((5)))(6) Approval for more than one wheelchair. The agency pays for one manual wheelchair and one power-drive wheelchair for noninstitutionalized clients ((only when one of the following circumstances applies))when medically necessary for the client to have mobility in all settings where the client's normal life activities take place. Situations that demonstrate medical necessity include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) The architecture of locations where the client's normal life activities take place are completely unsuitable for a power-drive wheelchair, due to conditions such as narrow hallways, narrow doorways, steps at the entryway, and insufficient turning radius;
(b) The architecture of the bathroom in locations where the client's normal life activities take place is such that power-drive wheelchair access is not possible, and the client needs a manual wheelchair to safely and successfully complete bathroom activities and maintain personal cleanliness; or
(c) The client has a power-drive wheelchair, but also requires a manual wheelchair because the power-drive wheelchair cannot be transported to meet the client's community, workplace, or educational activities. In this case, the manual wheelchair would allow the caregiver to transport the client in a standard automobile or van. The agency requires the client's situation to meet the following conditions:
(i) The client's activities that require the second wheelchair must be located farther than one-fourth of a mile from the client's home or along a pathway that does not provide for safe use of a power wheelchair; and
(ii) Cabulance, public buses, or personal transit are not available, practical, or possible for financial or other reasons.
(((6)))(7) Payment for more than one wheelchair. When the agency approves both a manual wheelchair and a power-drive wheelchair for a noninstitutionalized client who meets one of the circumstances in subsection (((5)))(6) of this section, the agency pays to maintain both wheelchairs.