HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY
[Filed December 8, 2022, 10:27 a.m., effective January 8, 2023]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The agency amended WAC 182-550-7500 to remove duplicate language found in subsections (6), (7), and (8). The same language is found in WAC 182-550-7550. The agency amended WAC 182-550-7550 to align with ESSB 5693 by extending the rate for an additional year and added language for an additional increased rate for providers who take single bed certifications. Language was also updated for readability.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 182-550-7500 and 182-550-7550.
Other Authority: ESSB 5693, section 211(52), chapter 297, Laws of 2022.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 22-22-052 on October 27, 2022.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: December 8, 2022.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 22-03-008, filed 1/6/22, effective 2/6/22)
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 website.
(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) The agency considers an in-state hospital a sole community hospital if all the following conditions apply. The hospital must:
(a) Be certified by CMS as a sole community hospital as of January 1, 2013.
(b) Have a level III adult trauma service designation from the department of health as of January 1, 2014.
(c) Have less than one hundred fifty acute care licensed beds in fiscal year 2011.
(d) Be owned and operated by the state or a political subdivision.
(e) Accept single bed certification patients as of July 1, 2021, according to RCW 71.05.745.
(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, 2023, the agency multiplies an in-state hospital's specific EAPG conversion factor by 1.50;
(c) July 1, 2023, 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 SCH Factor))
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 14-14-049, filed 6/25/14, effective 7/26/14)
WAC 182-550-7550OPPS payment enhancements.
(1) Pediatric adjustment.
(a) The medicaid agency establishes a policy adjustor to be applied to all enhanced ambulatory patient group (EAPG) services for clients under age ((eighteen))18 years.
(b) Effective July 1, 2014, this adjustor equals one point thirty-five (1.35).
(2) Chemotherapy and combined chemotherapy/pharmacotherapy adjustment.
(a) The agency establishes a policy adjustor to be applied to services grouped as chemotherapy drugs or combined chemotherapy and pharmacotherapy drugs.
(b) Effective July 1, 2014, this adjustor equals one point one (1.1).
(3) Sole community hospitals (((SCH))).
(a) ((To qualify as an SCH, a hospital must meet all of the following criteria. The hospital must
))For sole community hospital's rate enhancements, the agency multiplies the in-state hospital's specific EAPG conversion factor by a multiplier if the hospital meets all of the following criteria per RCW 74.09.5225
(i) Be certified ((as an SCH by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)))by CMS as a sole community hospital as of January 1, 2013;
(ii) Have a level III adult trauma service designation ((by))from the Washington state department of health (DOH) as of January 1, 2014;
(iii) Have less than ((one hundred fifty acute-care-licensed))150 acute care licensed beds in ((state)) fiscal year 2011; and
(iv) Be owned and operated by the state or ((one of its))a political subdivisions.
(b) ((Effective January 1, 2015, the agency will apply an adjustor of one point twenty-five (1.25) to the EAPG conversion factor for any hospital that meets the conditions in (a) of this subsection.
))As of July 1, 2021, an additional increase may be applied for hospitals that accept single bed certifications per RCW 71.05.745.
Enhancement Multiplier by Year
Effective For the Dates
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2020
07/01/2020 - 06/30/2021
07/01/2021 - 06/30/2022
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2023
Sole community hospital
Sole community hospital accepting single bed certifications