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Hurricane Dorian Emergency Response Provider Provisions

The purpose of this bulletin is to describe state and federal efforts to ensure continued access to care during the emergency response to Hurricane Dorian and the impact these efforts will have on Healthy Connections Medicaid beneficiaries and providers.

New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Numbers

Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began issuing new Medicare identification (ID) cards.

The new cards replaced the Social Security number (SSN)-based health insurance claim number (HICN) currently on the card with a unique Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to protect Medicare beneficiaries from identity theft.

BRIDGES Integration Early Intervention Provider Webinar

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) IDEA Part C, BabyNet and Medicaid Operations teams will conduct a webinar to begin preparing early intervention providers for the upcoming changes to the BabyNet Reporting & Intervention Data Gathering Electronic System (BRIDGES) system and billing processes.

End of Year Provider Payment Holiday Schedule

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) announces the following changes to the Healthy Connections Medicaid claims submission and payment schedule for December 2018 and January 2019 to accommodate holiday schedules.

Due to the Christmas holiday, Thursday, Dec. 20, at 5 p.m. is the final day to submit claims for payment date Friday, Dec. 28. Electronic remittance advices will be available Saturday, Dec. 22.

Please note, Thursday, Dec. 20, at 5 p.m. will be the final day to submit claims for a payment date within the calendar year 2018.

Medicaid Coverage of Opioid Treatment Programs and SCDHHS Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis

In January 2019, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) will begin to enroll opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in the Medicaid provider network and begin to reimburse for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) provided in OTPs. The addition of this benefit will make the full spectrum of pharmacotherapies approved for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) available to Medicaid members. Additional details regarding the enrollment procedures for OTPs will be provided this month.

Change in the Third Party Liability (TPL) Recovery Cycle from Quarterly to Monthly

Effective on or after July 1, 2018, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) proposes to amend the South Carolina Title XIX State Plan to modify the frequency of the third party liability (TPL) health recovery cycle. The proposed modification will increase the occurrence of the TPL health recovery cycle to afford providers quicker notification of other primary health insurance information. Prompt notification should improve the rate of timely claims filing and allow SCDHHS to recover professional claims from third-party payers in a much more timely manner.

Policy Changes to RBHS, LIP, LEA and CMHC manuals

Effective with dates of service on or after July 1, 2018, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) will limit the billable units of crisis management to 80 units annually, unless otherwise prior authorized by SCDHHS. The daily limits outlined in the respective manuals will remain in place.

Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM)

The Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 directs federal agency heads, in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, to review programs on an annual basis that are susceptible to significant erroneous payments and to report the improper payment estimates to Congress. In previous reviews, OMB identified Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as at-risk programs for erroneous payments.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Compliance

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is upgrading its legacy accounting system, providing a modern payment alternative to traditional paper checks. Part of this initiative includes enforcement of the agency's Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Policy. EFT allows SCDHHS to make more timely and accurate reimbursements to providers than through paper checks.

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