SDUSD Makes the Case for School Health Services

Michelle Bell, a longtime member of our school Medicaid billing community, was recently featured in an article about the impact of school health services on the students in San Diego Unified School District. We're proud to work alongside Michelle and grateful for the attention she brings to the importance of school health services and programs on a daily basis. The article was published by...

2017 California Legislation: What Passed & What Didn’t

In September, several bills with possible implications for school health programs under consideration by the California Legislature were either suspended or passed and signed into law by the Governor.  Two bills with direct implications for the SMAA and LEA Billing programs, AB 834 and AB 481, both failed to pass out of committee. Read on for a brief summary of what passed, what didn't, and...

Save the Date: SMAA RMTS Coder Training

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has announced their annual SMAA RMTS Coder Training webinar which will be open to all program coordinators and stakeholders. Date: Thursday, October  12, 2017 Time: 1:30-3:00pm PST Location: this training will be hosted online via webinar Click here to register

CMS Announces Medicaid and School-Based Health Services Affinity Group

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the development of a new group for state Medicaid agencies interested in "partnering with schools and public health to improve access to and the delivery of important preventative health services for children and adolescents." Officially called the Medicaid and School-Based Health Services Delivery Affinity Group, this...

DHCS Releases Vendor Fee Worksheets for Backcasting & RMTS Invoices

The Vendor Fee Worksheet (VFW), a new mechanism by which DHCS will ensure that LEAs can only claim (i.e. be reimbursed) for up to 15% of their total invoice amount in vendor fees, was released on August 2 after a months-long revision process by DHCS. This form was required to complete the first round of backcasted invoices from the SMAA deferral, as well as annually for RMTS claims starting...

Senate Rejects Slimmed-Down Obamacare Repeal as McCain Votes No

"WASHINGTON — The Senate in the early hours of Friday morning rejected a new, scaled-down Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, derailing the Republicans’ seven-year campaign to dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and dealing a huge political setback to President Trump. Senator John McCain of Arizona, who just this week returned to the Senate...

To Protect Children, Senate Republicans Must Drop Medicaid Per Capita Cap

"The Senate Republican health bill, like the House-passed bill, would convert Medicaid to a per capita cap, but it would cut Medicaid even more deeply and pose an even greater threat to coverage for all Medicaid beneficiaries — including children..." Read the full article: CBPP, June 23, 2017, To Protect Children, Senate Republicans Must Drop Medicaid Per Capita Cap | Center on Budget and...

The Medicaid Cap: “Carving Out” Medically Complex Kids Won’t Protect Them

"The Senate Leadership is reportedly including a cap on federal Medicaid payments to states in its version of legislation to “repeal and replace” the ACA.  That cap will apparently look a lot like the cap that narrowly passed the House in early May, but with some tweaks to accommodate concerns of individual Senators. One tweak under consideration has to do with “carving out” medically...

Schools Brace for Impact if Congress Cuts Medicaid Spending

"For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators say programming and services even beyond those that receive funding from the state-federal health care program could be at risk should Congress follow through with plans to change the way...

A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education

"WASHINGTON — While House Republicans lined up votes Wednesday for a Thursday showdown over their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Vickie Glenn sat in her Murphysboro, Ill., office and prayed for it to fail. Ms. Glenn, a Medicaid coordinator for Tri-County Special Education, an Illinois cooperative that helps more than 20 school districts deliver special education services to students,...