Supplemental Payments for Public DPNFs Are Available
Last month, a federal appeals court cleared the way for the AB97 Medi-Cal rate cuts to take effect. This makes it nearly certain that severe DPNF rate cuts (the 08-09 rates less 10%) will be implemented retroactive to June 1, 2011. For many facilities, the resulting rates are 10-20% below what the normal rates would be. This means that DPNFs, many of whom are almost wholly reliant on Medi-Cal payments, will soon be assessed a large payback by the state. However, a long-standing but little known state program is available to provide CPE-generated supplemental payments for publicly-owned or operated DPNFs. While this program will not replace the entire shortfall, it will still provide significant relief of at least 50% of the rate cuts.
DPNF Public Hospital Supplemental Payment Program
The Medi-Cal DPNF supplemental payment program has been in existence since 2001. It is similar to the hospital outpatient program (AB915) in that public DPNFs can claim a supplemental payment equal to the federal share of the amount by which costs exceed the payments received. In past years, prior to the rate cuts, only DPNFs with rates above the statewide median (currently $416.95) qualified for this program, because they were the only ones whose rates fell below projected costs. However, with the rate cuts of recent years, DPNFs with rates below the median now qualify for the program.
Timely Claim Forms Submittal!
The state has only a two-year window in which to claim the federal portion of the CPE from CMS. This means that DPNFs must be timely about submitting the claim forms. The state uses quarterly claim forms, and most DPNFs that already participate in the program submit a claim every quarter. DPNFs newly affected by the rate cuts should submit claim forms for quarters as far back as allowed.
HFS Can Help
HFS is assisting district and county DPNFs in preparing the claims for supplemental payment. Our professionals can provide a range of assistance depending on your organization’s specific needs, from simply providing education, to reviewing facility-prepared claims submissions, all the way to preparing the actual claims and following through to final payment.
We would be happy to answer any questions or assist with your DPNF supplemental payments. Please contact John Pfeiffer at 510-867-1314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.