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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    
December 8, 2011     
CONTACT
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or
marla.augustine@nebraska.gov
 
Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearings December 15 on Proposed Changes to Regulations
 
Lincoln –The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is holding hearings on proposed changes to regulations on Thursday, December 15, in the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level Conference Room A, in Lincoln.
 
Public Hearing at 9:30 a.m. CT
 
The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations related to Medicaid pharmacy services. The changes will, among other things:
  • Revise limitations on quantities for certain drugs;
  • Disallow automatic refills;
  • Clarify prior authorization; and
  • Revise payment policies to replace First Data Bank as the source of the average wholesale price and authorize the use of the wholesale acquisition cost in determining the estimated acquisition costs.
Public Hearing at 1:30 p.m. CT
 
The Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed new regulations related to the licensure of children’s day health services. The regulations will implement parts of LB 849 (2010). The proposed regulations will:
  • Provide for the licensure of children’s day health services; and
  • Provide for scope and authority, definitions licensing requirements and procedures, inspections, standards, care and treatment, and disciplinary action, among other things.
Public Hearing at 3:30 p.m. CT
 
The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations related to Medicaid payment to nursing facilities for hospital and therapeutic leave days, known as bedholding.  These changes will provide for bedhold payment at the assisted-living rate established under Nebraska Medicaid’s Home and Community-based Waiver for persons who are aged or disabled.  The current regulations provide for Medicaid payment for bedhold days at a facility’s per diem rate.
 
Anyone may attend and comment at the hearings or submit comments in writing.  Written comments will be given the same consideration as oral comments.  Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT on December 17 and should be sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026, fax 402-742-2382, or e-mailed to DHHS.RulesandRegs@nebraska.gov
 
Draft regulations are available online at http://www.sos.ne.gov/rules-and-regs/regtrack/index.cgi.  Draft copies of the regulations are also available at DHHS, 402-471-9022, and at the office of the Secretary of State, 402-471-2385.
 
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