South Dakota Medical Assistance’s Managed Care Program, Provider and Recipient in Medicaid Efficiency Program (PRIME), is based on the primary care case management (PCCM) model. The Program is operational statewide, is applicable for recipients eligible under Title XIX and Title XXI of the Social Security Act and is administered by South Dakota Department of Social Services Office of Medical Services (OMS). Reimbursement is based on fee for service plus a monthly case management fee.
The basic concept is to allow Medical Assistance enrollees to select one primary care provider (PCP). The PCP will provide, through an ongoing patient/physician relationship, primary care services and referrals for all necessary specialty services. The PCP is responsible for monitoring the health care and utilization of managed care covered services. All services other than the case management fee, is billed and reimbursed to the provider who renders the service.
The State shall ensure that beneficiaries receive information according to 42CFR §438.10 (e). See Supplement 2. All information materials will be provided according to timeframes described under 42CFR §438.10(f)(3). Information materials are included with “enrollment packages” described below and are provided at least ten days prior to a recipient’s initial requirement to enroll with a PCP.
The State administers the enrollment process through both the county social service offices and OMS. SSI eligible recipients receive notices and complete enrollment packages directly from OMS. Recipients eligible under programs other than SSI receive notices and complete enrollment packages from their respective county social service offices. All recipients are provided a minimum of ten days to select a PCP before the State will assign a PCP. See Supplement 3.
Beneficiaries have specific rights and are required to access managed care services through their PCCM according to program rules. See Supplement 4.
All PCPs must meet provider enrollment conditions and agree to requirements set forth in the Provider Agreement and Addendum to the Provider Agreement. All PCPs must have a signed Provider Agreement and signed Addendum to the Provider Agreement on file with OMS. These agreements meet Federal and State contracting requirements.
All Medical Assistance providers are assigned a unique identifier and will be HIPAA compliant when required. The reimbursement methodology (fee-for-service) of South Dakota’s Medical Assistance Program requires that the provider who actually provides the medical service be an enrolled provider. Therefore, subcontracting, associations with debarred providers, and associations with providers excluded by Medicare, Medicaid, or SCHIP, are not described in this State Plan Amendment (SPA), as all providers eligible for FFP through the Medical Assistance Program must meet provider enrollment requirements.
Providers are notified of procedures for enrollment and re-enrollment, program requirements, and contract provisions. This information is made available through: PCP Introductory letter, South Dakota Medicaid Managed Care Provider Manual, and Addendum to the Provider Agreement.
All Federal and State contracting laws and regulations (including SMM 2080) will be followed as they apply to this SPA to ensure compliance with contracting and renegotiating procedures.
PCPs are reimbursed on a fee-for-service basis plus a case management fee. All other providers are reimbursed fee-for-service as long as the services meet program requirements. Management fees are not paid to RHC, FQHC, or IHS facilities, as these expenses are included in the encounter fee paid to these facilities.
PCPs are required to provide medical care or refer enrolled beneficiaries to other providers for non-exempt covered medical services. See Supplement 5.
Direct and indirect marketing activities specifically intended to attract beneficiary enrollment or disenrollment with a specific PCP are not allowed.
Services under the plan can be designated under two categories; managed care and exempt.
Managed care services are covered services that must be provided or referred by the PCP. All covered services identified in section 3.1 of the State Plan are managed care services unless specifically listed as exempt. See Supplement 6 for referral requirements.
Exempt services are covered services that may be provided by any qualified Medical Assistance enrolled provider without a PCP referral. See Supplement 7.
The State provides PCPs with periodic information regarding the Program in general, and specific information to their caseload. See Supplement 8.
The State conducts a number of activities to ensure that beneficiaries have access to quality medical care and are appropriately enrolled with a qualified PCP.
The State conducts activities to monitor the quality and access to covered necessary medical care. See Supplement 9.
OMS may conduct a variety of intervention activities and sanctions to ensure that beneficiaries have access to appropriate medical care. See Supplement 10.
The State utilizes both informal (internal) and formal (external) grievance and appeals processes.
OMS utilizes an informal grievances and appeals process for the PCCM program. See Supplement 11.
All requests for Fair Hearings are considered formal grievances/appeals and are handled through our Office of Administrative Hearings. Fair Hearings are utilized for department wide issues and are fully described in Administrative Rule. See Supplement 12.
The State produces paid claims reports each month and provide them to PCPs for review. PCPs are instructed to review these reports and report to this office any services that are not authorized by them. Managed care staff investigate all reported services not authorized by PCPs and refers discrepancies to Surveillance Utilization and Review staff, (SURS) for further measures.
Managed Care staff conduct periodic referral and emergency coding reviews on managed care paid claims. The focus of these reviews is to determine if providers are complying with managed care procedures. Corrective action is initiated for providers not in compliance according to Supplement 10.
Provider contacts or visits by Managed Care staff as a result of provider claims analysis offers another opportunity for our staff to provide education to our providers and prevent abuse. In addition, SURS conduct a full range of monitoring activities to ensure provider compliance with Program rules and regulations as identified in Section 4.5 of the State Plan.