WSR 20-10-105
[Filed May 6, 2020, 10:27 a.m.]
Continuance of WSR 20-09-080.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 20-05-055.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 182-501-0200 Third-party resources.
Hearing Location(s): On June 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
In response to the governor's extended orders for Stay Home, Stay Safe, this public hearing will be held virtually. This will not be an in-person hearing and there is not a physical location available.
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Date of Intended Adoption: Not sooner than June 24, 2020.
Submit Written Comments to: Health Care Authority (HCA) Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, email, fax 360-586-9727, by June 24, 2020.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Amber Lougheed, phone 360-725-1349, fax 360-586-9727, telecommunication relay services 711, email, by June 5, 2020.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: In response to the governor's extended orders for Stay Home, Stay Safe and to protect the public's health due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency is not able to hold the originally scheduled in-person public hearing on May 26, 2020, filed under WSR 20-09-080. The date of this public hearing is being moved to June 23, 2020, and the location of the public hearing is changed from an in-person hearing to a virtual public hearing.
The agency is amending this section to implement requirements in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which requires state medicaid agencies to use cost-avoidance on labor, delivery, and postpartum care claims. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 also delayed the implementation of a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that allowed payment up to ninety days for claims associated with medical support enforcement, rather than thirty days under the previous law. The agency is revising this section to implement this provision, now amended to one hundred days, rather than ninety, by the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See purpose.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1902 (a)(25)(E) of the Social Security Act and section 53102 (a)(1) of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1305 (7)(a).
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160.
Rule is necessary because of federal law, Section 53102 (a)(1) of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
Name of Proponent: HCA, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Michael Williams, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-1346; Implementation and Enforcement: Mark Benya, P.O. Box 45561, Olympia, WA 98504-5561, 360-725-1891.
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. The proposed rule does not impose any cost on small businesses and therefore cannot impose more-than-minor costs.
May 6, 2020
Wendy Barcus
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 19-23-008, filed 11/6/19, effective 12/7/19)
WAC 182-501-0200Third-party resources.
(1) The medicaid agency requires a provider to seek timely reimbursement from a third party when a client has available third-party resources, except as described under subsections (2) and (3) of this section.
(2) The agency pays for medical services and seeks reimbursement from a liable third party when the claim is for ((any of the following:
(a) Labor, delivery, and postpartum care (except inpatient hospital costs) for a pregnant woman; or
(b)))preventive pediatric services as covered under the early and periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment (EPSDT) program.
(3) The agency pays for medical services and seeks reimbursement from any liable third party when both of the following apply:
(a) The provider submits to the agency documentation of billing the third party and the provider has not received payment after ((thirty))one hundred days from the date of services; and
(b) The claim is for a covered service provided to a client on whose behalf the office of support enforcement is enforcing a noncustodial parent to pay support. For the purpose of this section, "is enforcing" means the noncustodial parent either:
(i) Is not complying with an existing court order; or
(ii) Received payment directly from the third party and did not pay for the medical services.
(4) The provider may not bill the agency or the client for a covered service when a third party pays a provider the same amount as or more than the agency rate.
(5) When the provider receives payment from a third party after receiving reimbursement from the agency, the provider must refund to the agency the amount of the:
(a) Third-party payment when the payment is less than the agency's maximum allowable rate; or
(b) Agency payment when the third-party payment is equal to or more than the agency's maximum allowable rate.
(6) The agency does not pay for medical services if third-party benefits are available to pay for the client's medical services when the provider bills the agency, except under subsections (2) and (3) of this section.
(7) The client is liable for charges for covered medical services that would be paid by the third-party payment when the client either:
(a) Receives direct third-party reimbursement for the services; or
(b) Fails to execute legal signatures on insurance forms, billing documents, or other forms necessary to receive insurance payments for services rendered. See WAC 182-503-0540 for assignment of rights.
(8) The agency considers an adoptive family to be a third-party resource for the medical expenses of the birth mother and child only when there is a written contract between the adopting family and either the birth mother, the attorney, the provider, or the adoption service. The contract must specify that the adopting family will pay for the medical care associated with the pregnancy.
(9) A provider cannot refuse to furnish covered services to a client because of a third-party's potential liability for the services.
(10) For third-party liability on personal injury litigation claims, the agency or managed care organization (MCO) is responsible for providing medical services under WAC 182-501-0100.