WSR 18-13-114
[Filed June 20, 2018, 9:24 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 18-09-109.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 182-550-7500 Outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rate.
Hearing Location(s): On July 25, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at the Health Care Authority (HCA), Cherry Street Plaza, Pear 107, 626 8th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504. Metered public parking is available street side around building. A map is available at or directions can be obtained by calling 360-725-1000.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not sooner than July 26, 2018.
Submit Written Comments to: HCA Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, email, fax 360-586-9727, by July 25, 2018.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Amber Lougheed, phone 360-725-1349, fax 360-586-9727, TTY 800-848-5429 or 711, email, by July 20, 2018.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The agency is amending WAC 182-550-7500 to comply with ESSB 6032, Section 213 (1)(fff) that provides funding for a fifty percent rate increase of outpatient services for sole community hospitals for state fiscal year 2019. The operating budget becomes effective on July 1, 2018.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See purpose.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, ESSB 6032, Section 213 (1)(fff).
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: HCA, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Vance Taylor, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-1344; Implementation and Enforcement: Grant Stromsdorfer, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-1678.
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.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(3) as the rules set or adjust fees under the authority of RCW 19.02.075 or that set or adjust fees or rates pursuant to legislative standards, including fees set or adjusted under the authority of RCW 19.80.045.
June 20, 2018
Wendy Barcus
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 14-22-003, filed 10/22/14, effective 11/22/14)
WAC 182-550-7500OPPS rate.
(1) The medicaid agency calculates hospital-specific outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rates using all of the following:
(a) A base conversion factor established by the agency;
(b) An adjustment for direct graduate medical education (DGME); and
(c) The latest wage index information established and published by the centers for medicare and medicaid services (CMS) when the OPPS rates are set for the upcoming year. Wage index information reflects labor costs in the cost-based statistical area (CBSA) where a hospital is located.
(2) Base conversion factors. The agency calculates the base enhanced ambulatory patient group (EAPG) conversion factor during a hospital payment system rebasing. The base is calculated as the maximum amount that can be used, along with all other payment factors and adjustments described in this chapter, to maintain aggregate payments across the system. The agency will publish base conversion factors on its web site.
(3) Wage index adjustments reflect labor costs in the CBSA where a hospital is located.
(a) The agency determines the labor portion of the base rate by multiplying the base rate by the labor factor established by medicare; then
(b) Multiplying the amount in (a) of this subsection is multiplied by the most recent wage index information published by CMS when the rates are set; then
(c) The agency adds the nonlabor portion of the base rate to the amount in (b) of this subsection to produce a hospital-specific wage adjusted factor.
(4) DGME. The agency obtains the DGME information from the hospital's most recently filed medicare cost report as available in the CMS health care cost report information system (HCRIS) dataset.
(a) The hospital's medicare cost report must cover a period of twelve consecutive months in its medicare cost report year.
(b) If a hospital's medicare cost report is not available on HCRIS, the agency may use the CMS Form 2552-10 to calculate DGME.
(c) In the case where a hospital has not submitted a CMS medicare cost report in more than eighteen months from the end of the hospital's cost reporting period, the agency may remove the hospital's DGME adjustment.
(d) The agency calculates the hospital-specific DGME by dividing the DGME cost reported on worksheet B, part 1 of the CMS cost report by the adjusted total costs from the CMS cost report.
(5) The formula for calculating the hospital's final specific conversion factor is:
EAPG base rate × (.6(wage index) + .4)/(1-DGME)
(6) ((Effective January 1, 2015, the agency multiplies the hospital's specific conversion factor by 1.25 if the hospital meets the agency's sole community hospital criteria listed in (a) of this subsection.
(a))) The agency considers an in-state hospital a sole community hospital if all the following conditions apply. The hospital must:
(((i))) (a) Be certified by CMS as a sole community hospital as of January 1, 2013.
(((ii))) (b) Have a level III adult trauma service designation from the department of health as of January 1, 2014.
(((iii))) (c) Have less than one hundred fifty acute care licensed beds in fiscal year 2011.
(((iv))) (d) Be owned and operated by the state or a political subdivision.
(((b))) (7) If the hospital meets the agency's sole community hospital (SCH) criteria listed in subsection (6) of this section, effective:
(a) January 1, 2015, through June 30, 2018, the agency multiplies the hospital's specific conversion factor by 1.25;
(b) July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, the agency multiplies an in-state hospital's specific EAPG conversion factor by 1.50;
(c) July 1, 2019, the agency multiplies an in-state hospital's specific EAPG conversion factor by 1.25.
(8) The formula for calculating a sole community hospital's final conversion factor is:
[EAPG base rate × (.6(wage index) + .4)/(1-DGME)] x ((1.25)) SCH Factor
Reviser's note: The brackets and enclosed material in the text of the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.