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Public Notice of Final Action for Rate Increases for Certain Incontinence Supplies, DAODAS and ASD Services

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice of the following actions regarding rate increases for certain incontinence supplies, Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) providers, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) services, and peer support services under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 12/30/2021 - 4:19pm

Public Notice of Final Action for Updating Payment Rates for the Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), pursuant to the requirements of Section 1902(a)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act, gives notice of the following actions regarding its methods and standards for paying providers under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 12/30/2021 - 11:39am

Public Notice of Final Action for Third-Party Liability Changes Required in Bipartisan Budget Act and Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice of the following actions regarding the third-party liability (TPL) requirements under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 12/10/2021 - 10:45am

Public Notice of Proposed Action for Updating Payment Rates for the Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID)

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), pursuant to the requirements of Section 1902(a)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act, gives notice of the following proposed actions regarding its methods and standards for paying providers under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 11/24/2021 - 1:46pm

Public Notice of Final Action for Certain Medical Transportation Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice of the following actions regarding the Medicaid coverage of certain medical transportation under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 11/22/2021 - 4:25pm

Public Notice of Final Action for the Revision of the Definition of DME

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice of the following action to revise the durable Medical equipment (DME) definition under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 09/30/2021 - 4:51pm

Public Notice of Final Action for FFY 2022 DSH Payment Changes, Oct. 1, 2021, Inpatient/Outpatient Hospital Rate Changes, Oct. 1, 2021, PRTF Rate Changes and Oct. 1, 2021, SCDMH Hospital Rate Changes.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), pursuant to the requirements of Section 1902(a)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act, gives notice of the following actions regarding its methods and standards for establishing Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments to qualifying DSH hospitals, updating swing bed hospital and administrative day rates, eliminating the July 1, 2014, and Oct.
Post date: 09/30/2021 - 9:27am

Public Notice of Final Action for Setting Payment Rates for Long-Term Care Facility Services

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), pursuant to the requirements of Section 1902(a)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act, gives notice of the following actions regarding its methods and standards for setting payment rates for long-term care facility services under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 09/28/2021 - 11:30am

Final Public Notice for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice of the following final actions regarding aligning policy and procedures for vaccine administration to children to match Vaccines for Children (VFC) program guidelines under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 08/31/2021 - 9:19am

Public Notice of Proposed Action for FFY 2022 DSH Payments, Updated Swing Bed Hospital and Administrative Day Rates, Elimination of the July 1, 2014 and October 1, 2015 Normalization Actions on Inpatient Hospital Per Discharge Rates/Outpatient Hospital Mu

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), pursuant to the requirements of Section 1902(a)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act, gives notice of the following proposed actions regarding its methods and standards for establishing Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments to qualifying DSH hospitals, updating swing bed hospital and administrative day rates, eliminating the July 1, 2014 and Oct.
Post date: 08/31/2021 - 9:17am

Heightened Scrutiny Category 3 Settings: Submission to CMS; South Carolina Home and Community-Based Services Statewide Transition Plan Updates

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), pursuant to the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule at 42 CFR 441.301(c)(6), gives notice that:
Post date: 08/23/2021 - 11:51am

Proposed Renewal of the Medically Complex Children Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Program

  The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice that it intends to file a waiver renewal with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Medically Complex Children (MCC) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver. The proposed effective date of this waiver renewal is Jan. 1, 2022. The following is a summary of changes included in the proposed waiver amendment:
Post date: 08/17/2021 - 12:47pm

Public Notice of Proposed Action for Setting Payment Rates for Long Term Care Facility Services

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), pursuant to the requirements of Section 1902(a)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act, gives notice of the following proposed actions regarding its methods and standards for setting payment rates for long term care facility services under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 08/13/2021 - 1:52pm

Public Notice of Final Action for Setting Payment Rates for Long Term Care Facility Services (Excluding State-Owned Nursing Facilities)

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), pursuant to the requirements of Section 1902(a)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act, gives notice of the following action regarding its methods and standards for setting payment rates for long-term care facility services (excluding state-owned nursing facilities) under the South Carolina Medicaid State Plan (State Plan) under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assista
Post date: 06/07/2021 - 3:01pm

Public Notice of Final Action for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice of the following action regarding the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 05/25/2021 - 11:01am

Public Notice of Final Action for Dental Services

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice of the following actions regarding the Dental Services benefit and Medical and Surgical Services of a Dentist under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid). Effective on or after July 1, 2021, SCDHHS will amend the South Carolina Title XIX State Plan to address the following updates:
Post date: 05/07/2021 - 9:19am

Public Notice of Final Action for the Supplemental Teaching Physician (STP) Payment Program

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), pursuant to the requirements of Section 1902(a)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act, gives notice of the following action regarding its methods and standards for setting payments for the Supplemental Teaching Physician (STP) Payment Program under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 03/26/2021 - 3:08pm

Waiver Renewal for the Community Choices (CC) and HIV/AIDS Waivers

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice that it intends to file waiver renewals with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Community Choices (SC.0405) and HIV/AIDS (SC.0186) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers operated through the Division of Health Programs. The proposed effective date of these waivers is July 1, 2021.
Post date: 02/26/2021 - 5:32pm

Public Notice of Final Action for Medication-Assisted Treatment

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice of the following action regarding the new Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) section under the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).
Post date: 02/18/2021 - 3:34pm

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Oct 28, 2021

Community Connections Provides Database to Connect Those Seeking Help to Programs and Resources That Can Lead to Better Health Outcomes

Jun 11, 2021

Amendment Introduced by Rep. Herbkersman Supports Agency Initiative Introduced in 2019 to Provide Additional Resources to Low-income, New Mothers

Mar 11, 2021

South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) Acting Director Thomas Clark Phillip, in coordination with Governor Henry McMaster, today urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to maintain a key public health initiative it approved in December 2019. In a letter sent to Acting CMS Administrator Elizabeth Richter, Phillip requested the Biden administration uphold the two Section 1115 demonstration waivers that make up the Healthy Connections Community Engagement Initiative citing its “innovative approach to promote better health outcomes and financial independence by providing access to resources to the most vulnerable South Carolinians while incentivizing able-bodied South Carolinians to achieve self-sustainability.”

Jul 7, 2020

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) announced it will immediately begin accepting applications for a new limited-benefit Medicaid coverage group to provide reimbursement for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing for those without healthcare coverage. SCDHHS’ COVID-19 Limited Benefit Program was authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and will provide additional financial support to increase access to testing, a critical component of the state’s response to addressing the pandemic, for South Carolinians without other sources of healthcare coverage.

Mar 31, 2017

Governor Henry McMaster today announced Christian L. Soura’s resignation as Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, effective April 7, 2017.

Jun 2, 2016

South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative Wins National Award for Innovative Strategies to Improve Health of Moms and Babies

Feb 23, 2016

Beginning April 1, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) will require that providers verify Medicaid members' controlled substance prescription history before issuing prescriptions for opioids

Dec 14, 2015

A summary all of public comments received on the proposed five-year renewal of the Intellectually Disabled and Related Disabilities (ID/RD) home and community-based waiver program and the ID/RD Waiver Transition plan.

Apr 30, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative (SCBOI), the South Carolina Neonatology Consortium and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) have teamed up to open South Carolina’s first Mother’s Milk Bank to improve the health of the state’s most vulnerable infants. This milk bank will provide breast milk to very low birth-weight (VLBW) babies – infants weighing less than 3.3 pounds - in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in South Carolina.

Mar 30, 2015

50-foot vehicle delivers onsite training statewide to reduce non-medically necessary C-sections

Mar 11, 2015

An annual report released today highlights how the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative (SCBOI), a multi-stakeholder collaborative led by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) focused on improving birth outcomes, has successfully reduced non-medically necessary early-elective inductions by 50 percent from 2011 to 2013 with 60 percent of all birthing hospitals in our state boasting a rate of zero percent for early elective inductions between 37 and 38 weeks.

Jan 29, 2015

Over 10,000 participants enrolled in statewide program to improve health

Jan 28, 2015

Over 10,000 participants enrolled in statewide program to improve health

Nov 3, 2014

Columbia, SC - In support of our efforts to improve the health of moms and babies in our state, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) and the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) are hosting the third annual South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative (SCBOI) Symposium on Thursday, November 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the Columbia Marriott.

Oct 17, 2014

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) was awarded a four-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care (PCSC). This statewide collaborative implements innovative best practices in care for children and youth with behavioral health needs in South Carolina.

Jul 23, 2014

Project supports new statewide care model for children and youth with behavioral health disorders

Apr 29, 2014

Columbia, S.C. – Tony Keck, Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), received the 2014 Early Childhood Champion award from the Institute for Child Success (ICS), a research and policy organization working across South Carolina to create a culture that facilitates and fosters the success of young children.

Mar 28, 2014

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is proud to announce that Adriana Day, CPA, will serve as Deputy Director for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) starting March 28, 2014. Elizabeth (Beth) Hutto, Esq., who served as interim Deputy Director and CFO, has been named Deputy Director for Eligibility, Enrollment and Member Services.

Feb 18, 2014

The Horry County Medicaid Eligibility office and Medicaid Community Long-Term Care office in Conway are moving to a new location in the Genesis Complex at 1201 Creel St.

Feb 10, 2014

Despite strong medical schools, high resident retention rates and $189,940,402 in spending on Graduate Medical Education (GME) by South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) in state fiscal year 2012, South Carolina has struggled for years to attract and retain physicians to serve rural areas and the urban poor.

Jan 31, 2014

SC Hospitals partner with primary care groups to improve health outcomes for frequent ER users

Jan 27, 2014

Phase one of new tool helps users identify and interpret hospital financial and operational trends

Nov 14, 2013

SCDHHS rewards successful hospitals $800,000 for improved practices to support breastfeeding.

Nov 7, 2013

New Case Study Provides Insights to Other States, Advice on Payment Reform

Nov 6, 2013

South Carolina shows improvement in 2013 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.

Oct 25, 2013

South Carolina signs a Memorandum of Understanding with CMS to use new approaches to better integrate care of Medicare-Medicaid enrollees.

Oct 7, 2013

On October 1, South Carolina Healthy Connections successfully launched our online application at apply.scddhs.gov, enabling us to streamline the application process and provide 24/7 online self-service. The first online application was submitted within the first hour of the site’s launch, and in its first day more than 300 online applications were completed.

Oct 1, 2013

Columbia, SC - In an effort to provide flexibility and convenience, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is launching Healthy Connection’s new customer-focused, online Medicaid application today.

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The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) is a collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and providers, existing telemedicine systems, government leaders and other entities that believe that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care, while effectively managing the cost of providing care.

SCTA FY21 Third Quarter Report September 31, 2021

FY22 Q1 DHHS Report (Budget)

Posted: 11/22/2021 - 3:53pm

South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Reimbursement Methodology and Policy ID/RD Waiver Rates and Waiver Case Management Rates Effective January 1, 2022

Dowload January 1, 2022 ID/RD Waiver Rates Used for Financial Impact Analysis

Posted: 11/18/2021 - 2:50pm

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) has operated a telehealth program since 2011. Telehealth provides an additional option for delivering certain covered services, when appropriate, rather than a separate set of benefits. During the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public federal public health emergency (PHE), the department has modified its existing telehealth program to provide needed flexibilities in the delivery of care as the pandemic continues to bring drastic change to healthcare delivery systems across the world. This report will provide a review of the department’s pre-pandemic telehealth program, discuss the flexibilities that were put in place to ensure access to care during the pandemic, evaluate utilization data and provide an outlook for the future direction of SCDHHS’ telehealth program.

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Posted: 10/01/2021 - 10:41am

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) engages in an on-going effort to prevent and identify fraud in the Medicaid program, and to recover the funds lost because of fraudulent and wasteful practices on the part of healthcare providers. Not only is this mandated by federal regulations found in 42 CFR 455, it is critical because of the need to assure that public resources are properly managed.

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Posted: 03/17/2021 - 9:49am

The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) is a collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and providers, existing telemedicine systems, government leaders and other entities that believe that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care, while effectively managing the cost of providing care.

SCTA 2020 Quarter Two Report December 31, 2020

Posted: 12/31/2020 - 10:40am

The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) is a collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and providers, existing telemedicine systems, government leaders and other entities that believe that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care, while effectively managing the cost of providing care.

SCTA 2020 Quarter One Report September 30, 2020

Posted: 09/30/2020 - 11:27am

The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) is a collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and providers, existing telemedicine systems, government leaders and other entities that believe that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care, while effectively managing the cost of providing care.

SCTA 2020 Quarter Four Report June 30, 2020

Posted: 06/30/2020 - 2:06pm

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) engages in an on-going effort to prevent and identify fraud in the Medicaid program, and to recover the funds lost because of fraudulent and wasteful practices on the part of healthcare providers. Not only is this mandated by federal regulations found in 42 CFR 455, it is critical because of the need to assure that public resources are properly managed.

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Posted: 04/09/2020 - 3:05pm

The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) is a collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and providers, existing telemedicine systems, government leaders and other entities that believe that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care, while effectively managing the cost of providing care.

SCTA 2020 Quarter Three Report March 31, 2020

Posted: 03/31/2020 - 2:00pm

The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) is a collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and providers, existing telemedicine systems, government leaders and other entities that believe that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care, while effectively managing the cost of providing care.

SCTA 2019 Quarter Two Report December 31, 2019

Posted: 12/31/2019 - 10:02am

The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) is a collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and providers, existing telemedicine systems, government leaders and other entities that believe that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care, while effectively managing the cost of providing care.

SCTA 2019 Quarter One Report September 30, 2019

Posted: 09/30/2019 - 3:56pm

The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) is a collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and providers, existing telemedicine systems, government leaders and other entities that believe that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care, while effectively managing the cost of providing care.

SCTA 2019 Quarter Four Report June 30, 2019

Posted: 06/30/2019 - 11:07am

The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) is a collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and providers, existing telemedicine systems, government leaders and other entities that believe that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care, while effectively managing the cost of providing care.

SCTA 2019 Quarter Three Report March 31, 2019

Posted: 03/31/2019 - 11:05am

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) engages in an on-going effort to prevent and identify fraud in the Medicaid program, and to recover the funds lost because of fraudulent and wasteful practices on the part of healthcare providers. Not only is this mandated by federal regulations found in 42 CFR 455, it is critical because of the need to assure that public resources are properly managed.

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Posted: 03/21/2019 - 4:13pm

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