ODP Announcement 22-021 provides guidance on the upcoming rate increases for the Adult Autism Waiver. Compensation is beginning March 1, 2022; the new rates will be implemented in the Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS) on March 1, 2022. All Individual Support Plans (ISPs), including ISPs in draft, pending review, or pending approval status, will be updated with the new rates for each of the applicable services. An additional fiscal segment will automatically be added on each ISP for each service that is impacted by the rate change.
Providers are strongly encouraged to review Service Authorization Notices or the Provider Service Detail report in HCSIS to confirm the new rates were loaded, authorized, and that they are billing the increased Fee Schedule Rate before attempting to bill for any services rendered March 1, 2022, and after.
Compensation for the Period July 1, 2021, through February 28, 2022
Providers should bill normally for any services rendered from July 1, 2021, through February 28, 2022. ODP will be compensating providers, via gross adjustments, for the difference between the rate billed and the updated fee schedule rate for dates of service rendered during the period July 1, 2021, through February 28, 2022. This is intended to eliminate the provider’s effort of voiding and re-billing claims.
ODP anticipates processing gross adjustments during the April to May 2022 timeframe to ensure all billing for dates of service July 1, 2021, through February 28, 2022, has been completed. Because the rates will be loaded into HCSIS effective July 1, 2021, and the gross adjustment compensation will be issued by ODP, providers should not adjust any claims after April 1, 2022, submitted for services rendered on July 1, 2021, through February 28, 2022.
Adjustment of a claim(s) for services delivered during these dates will result in a duplication of payment that will need to be repaid. Providers are strongly encouraged to bill in a timely manner to minimize the need for corrections.
For questions on how to resolve billing errors for services that were rendered on July 1, 2021, through February 28, 2022, contact Amber Bennett.
Correction to Rates for Small Group Employment and Residential Habilitation Ineligible Fees
Because of an internal editing error, the rates for Small Group Employment and Residential Habilitation: Community Home Ineligible published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin (52 Pa.B. 1326, February 26, 2022) were incorrect. The correct rates, with the corresponding procedure codes, are higher than what was published. The corrected rates are also available on the Department of Human Services’ website.