9:00 a.m. CT
Thursday, January 22, 2015
State Office Building, Lower Level Conf. Room A
301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations related to the licensure of hearing instrument specialists. These regulations are found in Title 172 Chapter 75
of the Nebraska Administrative Code (NAC). They will replace the current chapter 75, which will be repealed.
This is a rewrite of these regulations to reflect the provisions of the Hearing Instrument Specialists Practice Act and the Uniform Credentialing Act. Statutory language and process-related material have been removed. The proposed regulations contain:
• Non-statutory definitions;
• Qualifications for initial and initial temporary licenses;
• Supervision of temporary licensees;
• Examination requirements;
• Continuing competency requirements for license renewal;
• Unprofessional conduct and grounds for discipline; and
• Conditions for reinstatement.
Authority for these regulations is found in the Hearing Instrument Specialist Practice Act, the Uniform Credentialing Act, and Neb. Rev. Stat. Section 81-3117(7).
Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT on January 22, 2015.
NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
This notice is given in compliance with 42 CFR 447.205 and Section 1902(a)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Medicaid and Long Term Care hereby provides notice of a proposed change to Medicaid hospital payment policy to establish an annual supplemental payment for inpatient and outpatient hospital services provided by the Nebraska Medical Center.
The supplemental payment will be equal to the difference between Medicaid fee-for-service claims paid and the cost of the services as established under Medicare payment principles pursuant to 42 CFR 447.321 and 42 CFR 447.272. This payment would be made in addition to Medicaid payments that are otherwise made to the Nebraska Medical Center by Medicaid.
The total increased expenditures to the Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) and Medicaid Programs as a result of the inpatient and outpatient hospital supplemental payment to the Nebraska Medical Center is $16,900,000 with $7,700,000 from General Funds and $9,200,000 from Federal match for FY15.
A draft is available for viewing at each DHHS local office. Comments may be submitted to and reviewed by the public at DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026. Fax 402-742-2382 or e-mail to DHHS.RulesandRegs@nebraska.gov
NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
This notice is given in compliance with 42 CFR 447.205 and Section 1902(a)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act. The Department of Health and Human Services Division of Medicaid and Long Term Care hereby provides notice of Medicaid payment rate change for some Medicaid covered services for Nebraska eligible clients. Medicaid will implement a 2.25 percent provider rate increase effective July 1, 2014. The rate increase is the result of an increase in appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature in LB905 (2014).
The rate increase will exclude enhanced primary care procedure codes, prescription drugs, clinical laboratory services, injectable medications, Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Indian Health Services (IHS).
The total increased expenditures as a result of a 2.25 percent rate increase to the Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) and Medicaid Programs is $30,002,204 with $13,750,854 from General Funds and $16,251,350 from Federal match.
The rate change is reflected in the Nebraska Medicaid Practitioner Fee Schedules and is part of the rebasing for Nursing Facility and ICF/DD services. Specifically, the rate change impacts the following services:
• Durable Medical Equipment and Supplies, including Orthotics and Prosthetics
• Health Check
• Hearing Aids
• Home Health Agency
• Hospitals (non-Critical Access Hospitals)
• Mental Health and Substance Abuse
• Non-Emergency Transportation
• Nursing Services
• Occupational Therapy
• Personal Assistance Services
• Physical Therapy
• Physicians (excluding primary care codes)
• Speech Pathology and Audiology
• Visual Care
The current and revised rate schedules are available online for public view at http://dhhs.ne.gov/medicaid/Pages/med_provhome.aspx
. The schedules are also available for viewing at each local office of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Comments may be submitted to and reviewed by the public at the Department of Health and Human Services Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026. Fax 402-742-2382 or e-mail to DHHS.RulesandRegs@nebraska.gov