DHCS Announcement – LTC and MSSP

On September 3, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) published a memorandum that includes several policy changes for 2021. Effective January 1, 2021, DHCS will be carving in coverage of transplants and Long Term Care (LTC) into all Medi-Cal managed care health plan (MCP) model types. The LTC carve-in includes but is not limited to:

  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Subacute facilities
  • Pediatric subacute facilities
  • Intermediate care facilities
    • ICF/DD (Developmentally Disabled)
    • ICF/DDH (Habilitative)
    • ICF/DDN (Nursing)

Additionally, and also effective January 1, 2021, DHCS will be carving out the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) benefit from the Coordinated Care Initiative (including Medi-Cal MLTSS MCPs and Cal MediConnect plans) in all seven counties of operation including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. In these counties, beginning in 2021, MSSP will operate as a waiver benefit, as it did prior to the implementation of the Coordinated Care Initiative in 2014.

DHCS will provide additional details pertaining to this announcement in the near future. Send any questions to CalAIM@dhcs.ca.gov.

  1. angelica munoz

    Could you please elaborate on the second paragraph?

  2. Thank you for this opportunity to comment on DHCS’s transition plan within
    the Medi-Cal Healthier California for All initiative (formerly known as CalAIM).

    Electronic coordination of crossover claims for dual eligible
    members, Medicare Part A and Part B CoInsurance
    and Deductible payments for all California contracted health plans is a priority
    for government entities, provider, health plans and most importantly beneficaries.

    1) This concept will align with our Governor’s
    Initiative: A MASTER PLAN FOR AGING
    Executive Order Issued and signed by Governor Newsome on June 10, 2019.

    Statistics from the Executive Order include:

    🔷California’s Population To Grow To 8.6 Million by 2030
    🔷An Increase of 4 Million (age 65 +) Older Californian’s
    over the next decade. (Annual Average = + 400,000 additional
    Medicare Age (Older Californian’s requiring healthcare) in our State

    A Master Plan for Aging is a Blueprint For State Government, Local Government & Private Sector.

    2) Department of Health and Human Services
    FINAL RULE published in 45 CFR 162

    Electronic Coordination of Benefits Agreement (COBA)
    Crossover Claims for dual eligible members
    (Medi-Medi =FFS)

    Several of the County Organized Health Systems (COHS)
    have accomplished Electronic Coordination of Benefits
    and are operational today.

    Examples: a) Ventura County COHS : Gold Coast Health Plan

    b) Orange County COHS: Cal Optima Direct

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    The CMS Coordination of Benefits Agreement (COBA) is the vehicle for accomplishing automation.
    As an industry, we are grateful this mechanism is
    in place, working well and monitored however we would
    like to request moving forward the automation of Medicare
    Part A & Part B CoInsurance for all California Medi-Medi beneficiaries.

    Let’s build the infrastructure of an automated
    Coordination of Benefits (COB) for all California
    dual eligibles beneficiaries statewide in
    the Medi-Cal Healthier California for All initiative (formerly known as CalAIM).

    1- All Seven (7) Counties of CCI (LA, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo & Santa Clara) serving
    Cal MediConnect Members and all Health Plans responsible for Medi-Cal portion and Medicare portion.

    2- All Health Plans conducting business in California offering Medi-Cal Managed Care Fee-For-Service Benefits to beneficiaries who are also Medicare Beneficiaries LTSS & Medicare wrap around benefits (includes Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan Types: Two-Plan, Imperial, San Benito, Regional Model, GMC Geographic Managed Care, COHS County Organized Health System and Cal MediConnect).

    Please consider these additional points as we continue to work together towards our common goals.

    To improve quality of care and reduce the unnecessary paperwork associated with our healthcare delivery system.
    Please automate the Coordination of Benefits (COB) for all California dual eligible beneficiaries statewide in
    the Medi-Cal Healthier California for All initiative (formerly known as CalAIM).
    Thank you kindly.

    With Respect and Gratitude,
    Susan LaPadula

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