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TITLE 1ADMINISTRATION
PART 15TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 353MEDICAID MANAGED CARE
SUBCHAPTER ODELIVERY SYSTEM AND PROVIDER PAYMENT INITIATIVES
RULE §353.1305Uniform Hospital Rate Increase Program for program periods before September 1, 2021
Historical Texas Register

(a) Introduction. This section describes the circumstances for program periods before September 1, 2021, under which HHSC directs an MCO to provide a uniform percentage rate increase to hospitals in the MCO's network in a designated service delivery area (SDA) for the provision of inpatient services, outpatient services, or both. This section also describes the methodology used by HHSC to calculate and administer such rate increase.

(b) Definitions. The following definitions apply when the terms are used in this section. Terms that are used in this and other sections of this subchapter may be defined in §353.1301 of this subchapter (relating to General Provisions).

  (1) Children's hospital--A Medicaid hospital designated by Medicare as a children's hospital.

  (2) Inpatient hospital services--Services ordinarily furnished in a hospital for the care and treatment of inpatients under the direction of a physician or dentist, or a subset of these services identified by HHSC. Inpatient hospital services do not include skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility services furnished by a hospital with swing-bed approval, and any other services that HHSC determines should not be subject to the rate increase.

  (3) Institution for mental diseases (IMD)--A hospital that is primarily engaged in providing psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, or care of individuals with mental illness.

  (4) Non-urban public hospital--

    (A) A hospital owned and operated by a governmental entity, other than a hospital described in paragraph (8) of this subsection, defining rural public hospital, or a hospital described in paragraph (10) of this subsection, defining urban public hospital; or

    (B) A hospital meeting the definition of rural public-financed hospital in §355.8065(b)(37) of this title (relating to Disproportionate Share Hospital Reimbursement Methodology), other than a hospital described in paragraph (7) of this subsection defining rural private hospital.

  (5) Outpatient hospital services--Preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, or palliative services that are furnished to outpatients of a hospital under the direction of a physician or dentist, or a subset of these services identified by HHSC. HHSC may, in its contracts with MCOs governing rate increases under this section, exclude from the definition of outpatient hospital services such services as are not generally furnished by most hospitals in the state, or such services that HHSC determines should not be subject to the rate increase.

  (6) Program period--A period of time for which HHSC will contract with participating MCOs to pay increased capitation rates for the purpose of provider payments under this section. Each program period is equal to a state fiscal year beginning September 1 and ending August 31 of the following year. An SDA that is unable to participate in the program described in this section beginning September 1 may apply to participate beginning March 1 of the program period and ending August 31. Participation during such a modified program period is subject to the application and intergovernmental-transfer deadlines described in subsection (g) of this section.

  (7) Rural private hospital--A privately-operated hospital that is a rural hospital as defined in §355.8052 of this title (relating to Inpatient Hospital Reimbursement).

  (8) Rural public hospital--A hospital that is owned and operated by a governmental entity and is a rural hospital as defined in §355.8052 of this title.

  (9) State-owned hospital--A hospital that is owned and operated by a state university or other state agency.

  (10) Urban public hospital--A hospital that is operated by or under a lease contract with one of the following entities: the Dallas County Hospital District, the El Paso County Hospital District, the Harris County Hospital District, the Tarrant County Hospital District, the Travis County Healthcare District dba Central Health, the University Health System of Bexar County, the Ector County Hospital District, the Lubbock County Hospital District, or the Nueces County Hospital District.

(c) Classes of participating hospitals.

  (1) HHSC may direct the MCOs in an SDA that is participating in the program described in this section to provide a uniform percentage rate increase to all hospitals within one or more of the following classes of hospital with which the MCO contracts for inpatient or outpatient services:

    (A) children's hospitals;

    (B) non-urban public hospitals;

    (C) rural private hospitals;

    (D) rural public hospitals;

    (E) state-owned hospitals;

    (F) urban public hospitals;

    (G) non-state-owned IMDs; and

    (H) all other hospitals.

  (2) If HHSC directs rate increases to more than one class of hospital within the SDA, the percentage rate increases directed by HHSC may vary between classes of hospital.

(d) Eligibility. HHSC determines eligibility for rate increases by SDA and class of hospital.

  (1) Service delivery area. Only hospitals in an SDA that includes at least one sponsoring governmental entity are eligible for a rate increase.

  (2) Class of hospital. HHSC will identify the class or classes of hospital within each SDA described in paragraph (1) of this subsection to be eligible for a rate increase. HHSC will consider the following factors when identifying the class or classes of hospital eligible for a rate increase and the percent increase applicable to each class:

    (A) whether a class of hospital contributes more or less significantly to the goals and objectives in HHSC's quality strategy, as required in 42 C.F.R. §438.340, relative to other classes;

    (B) which class or classes of hospital the sponsoring governmental entity wishes to support through intergovernmental transfers (IGTs) of public funds, as indicated on the application described in subsection (g) of this section; and

    (C) the percentage of Medicaid costs incurred by the class of hospital in providing care to Medicaid managed care clients that are reimbursed by Medicaid MCOs prior to any uniform rate increase administered under this section.

(e) Services subject to rate increase.

  (1) HHSC may direct the MCOs in an SDA to increase rates for all or a subset of inpatient services, all or a subset of outpatient services, or all or a subset of both, based on the service or services that will best advance the goals and objectives of HHSC's quality strategy.

  (2) In addition to the limitations described in paragraph (1) of this subsection, rate increases for a non-state-owned IMD are limited to inpatient psychiatric hospital services provided to individuals under the age of 21 and to inpatient hospital services provided to individuals 65 years or older.

  (3) UHRIP rate increases will apply only to the in-network managed care claims billed under a hospital's primary National Provider Identifier (NPI) and will not be applicable to NPIs associated with non-hospital sub-providers owned or operated by a hospital.

(f) Determination of percentage of rate increase.

  (1) In determining the percentage of rate increase applicable to one or more classes of hospital, HHSC will consider the following factors:

    (A) information from the participants in the SDA (including hospitals, managed-care organizations, and sponsoring governmental entities) on one or both of the following, as indicated on the application described in subsection (g) of this section:

      (i) the amount of IGT the sponsoring governmental entities propose to transfer to HHSC to support the non-federal share of the increased rates for the first six months of a program period; and

      (ii) the percentage rate increase the SDA participants propose for one or more classes of hospital for the first six months of a program period;

    (B) the class or classes of hospital determined in subsection (d)(2) of this section;

    (C) the type of service or services determined in subsection (e) of this section;

    (D) actuarial soundness of the capitation payment needed to support the rate increase;

    (E) available budget neutrality room under any applicable federal waiver programs;

    (F) hospital market dynamics within the SDA; and

    (G) other HHSC goals and priorities.

  (2) HHSC will limit the percentage rate increases determined pursuant to this subsection to no more than the levels that are supported by the amount described in paragraph (1)(A)(i) of this subsection. Nothing in this section may be construed to limit the authority of the state to require the sponsoring governmental entities to transfer additional funds to HHSC following the reconciliation process described in §353.1301(g) of this title, if the amount previously transferred is less than the non-federal share of the amount expended by HHSC in the SDA for this program.

  (3) After determining the percentage of rate increase using the process described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, HHSC will modify its contracts with the MCOs in the SDA to direct the percentage rate increases.

(g) Application process; timing and amount of transfer of non-federal share.

  (1) The stakeholders in an SDA initiate the request for HHSC to implement a uniform hospital rate increase program by submitting an application using a form prescribed by HHSC.

    (A) The stakeholders in the SDA, including hospitals, sponsoring governmental entities, and MCOs, are expected to work cooperatively to complete the application.

    (B) The application provides an opportunity for stakeholders to have input into decisions about which classes of hospital and services are subject to the rate increases, and the percentage rate increase applicable to each class, but HHSC retains the final decision-making authority on these aspects of the program following the processes described in subsections (d) - (f) of this section.

    (C) HHSC must receive the completed application no later than six months before the beginning of the program period or modified program period in which the SDA proposes to participate.

    (D) HHSC will process the application, contact SDA representatives or stakeholders if there are questions, and notify the stakeholders in the SDA of its decisions on the application, including the classes of hospital eligible for the rate increase, the services subject to the increase, the percentage rate increase applicable to each class, and the total amount of IGT required for the first six months of the program period.

  (2) Sponsoring governmental entities must complete the IGT for the first six months of the program period no later than four months prior to the start of the program period, unless otherwise instructed by HHSC. For example, for the program period beginning September 1, 2017, HHSC must receive the IGT for the first six months no later than May 1, 2017; for the modified program period beginning March 1, 2018, HHSC must receive the IGT no later than November 1, 2017.

  (3) Following the transfer of funds described in paragraph (2) of this subsection, sponsoring governmental entities must transfer additional IGT at such times and in such amounts as determined by HHSC to be necessary to ensure the availability of funding of the non-federal share of the state's expenditures under this section and HHSC's compliance with the terms of its contracts with MCOs in the SDA. In no event may transfers for directed increases in a program period occur later than November 1 of the calendar year.

  (4) HHSC will instruct sponsoring governmental entities as to the required IGT amounts. Required IGT amounts will include all costs associated with the uniform rate increase, including costs associated with premium taxes, risk margins, and administration, plus ten percent.

(h) Effective date of rate increases. HHSC will direct MCOs to increase rates under this section beginning the first day of the program period that includes the increased capitation rates paid by HHSC to each MCO pursuant to the contract between them.

(i) Reconciliation. HHSC will reconcile the amount of the non-federal funds actually expended under this section during the program period with the amount of funds transferred to HHSC by the sponsoring governmental entities for that same period using the methodology described in §353.1301(g) of this subchapter.

(j) Recoupment. Payments under this section may be subject to recoupment as described in §353.1301(k) of this subchapter.

(k) December 2017 limited eligibility. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, any SDA that received approval from CMS by April 15, 2017, may participate in the program described in this section for dates of service beginning December 1, 2017. Sponsoring governmental entities must complete the IGT for the period of December 1, 2017, through February 28, 2018, by a date to be determined by HHSC.


Source Note: The provisions of this §353.1305 adopted to be effective April 9, 2017, 42 TexReg 1748; amended to be effective December 1, 2017, 42 TexReg 6369; amended to be effective August 9, 2020, 45 TexReg 5337; amended to be effective March 28, 2021, 46 TexReg 1977

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