Special Notice

This notice was published in the July 1, 2016, issue (Vol. 2016, No. 13) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Special Notice: Access Monitoring Review Plan

On November 2, 2015, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule implementing the equal access provision that requires state Medicaid agencies to develop a medical assistance access monitoring review plan. The review plan must consider:

The extent to which beneficiary needs are fully met:

The availability of care through enrolled providers to beneficiaries in each geographic area, by provider type and site of service;

1. Changes in beneficiary utilization of covered services in each geographic area;

2. The characteristics of the beneficiary population (including considerations for care, service and payment variations for pediatric and adult populations and for individuals with disabilities); and

3. Actual or estimated levels of provider payment available from other payers, including other public and private payers, by provider type and site of service.

Effective January 4, 2016, the new rule requires states to develop review plans and update them periodically. States must make plans available to the public for at least 30 days, finalize them, and submit them to CMS for review. The first plan is due by October 1, 2016.

The final rule excludes access reviews for Medicaid managed care arrangements.

In further efforts to provide comparable access to that which is provided to non-Medicaid enrollees, and in accordance with 42 CFR 447.203, the Division of Medicaid and Health Financing (DMHF) has developed an Access Monitoring Review Plan (AMRP) for the following service categories provided under a fee-for-service (FFS) arrangement:

Public comments on Utah's Access Monitoring Review Plan will be accepted between July 5, 2016, and August 5, 2016. Public comments may be submitted through the Utah Medicaid Website under the link UAMRP at https://medicaid.utah.gov/uamrp-utah-access-monitoring-review-plan.

Additional Information

The Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the Bulletin is the official version. The PDF version of this issue is available at https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull-pdf/2016/b20160701.pdf. The HTML edition of the Bulletin is a convenience copy. Any discrepancy between the PDF version and HTML version is resolved in favor of the PDF version.

For questions regarding this notice, please contact Craig Devashrayee, by phone at 801-538-6641, by FAX at 801-538-6099, or by Internet E-mail at cdevashrayee@utah.gov.