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Georgia Department of Community Health division and office updates relating to COVID-19.
This Appendix K increases the reimbursement rates of all waiver services and provides temporary increases in service maximum annual allowance. The effective date is March 1, 2020.
This appendix K authorizes a temporary 5% rate increase for all waiver services in NOW/COMP. The effective date is July 1, 2021. The appendix K also modifies the requirements for licensure capacity of residential settings licensed under the Community Living Arrangement authority. Thus allowing slightly higher occupancy than the current licenses allow to mitigate workforce shortages.
Managed Care Risk Mitigation COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Section 1115 Demonstration Public Notice, February 10, 2022
The Department of Community Health received approval through an Appendix K amendment to increase provider rates by 10% for all services delivered through the Elderly and Disabled and Independent Care Waiver Programs. The provider rate increase was authorized through legislative initiative in the 2021 Georgia General Assembly.
A 5% rate increase for skilled nursing facilities will be in effect from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
Elderly & Disabled Waiver (EDWP) and Independent Care Waiver (ICWP) programs extension: Approved by CMS
The NOW and COMP Waiver Programs: Approved by CMS
Request for a slight change in the New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Program (COMP), increased rates for selected services by 10%: Approved by CMS
DCH has submitted to CMS a SPA to increase nursing home reimbursement by 5% and is awaiting a response from CMS
Read this important update on Georgia's Medicaid Waiver Appendix K
DCH to resume cost report audits and desk reviews.
Allowing providers to use retainer payment reimbursement for a total of three 30-day periods
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has granted a third extension of the application period for Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP, and dental providers to apply for payments from the Provider Relief Fund. The new deadline to apply is Sunday, September 13, 2020.
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Withdrawal of request on Home and Community-Based Waivers.
Read for certain resources on how best to safely open for business.
Read for more on State Plan Amendment (SPA) provisions.
Prior authorizations extended additional 90 days
Updated guidance from our April 27 message.
CMS approved Georgia’s requests for Appendix K Emergency Preparedness Plans
Read for some of the frequently asked questions we’ve received.
The Georgia Department of Community Health SHBP Division has coordinated with our Medical, Pharmacy, and Wellness Administrators to provide SHBP members helpful information on COVID-19. Each of our administrators have updated their SHBP member sites to include information and any enhanced benefits related to COVID-19.
Read the AO and more here.
HFRD has completed onsite infection control surveys for all 358 certified nursing homes throughout Georgia.
Beginning April 17, 2020, DCH will provide long-term care facility COVID-19 reports on its website under the Latest News section. These reports will be updated weekly by 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
State plans to augment staffing for health care facilities to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
DCH-approved temporary nurse aide training program to address nursing home staffing challenges.
Use this form to upload and submit all Certificate of Need applications and forms.
Important Notice Related to COVID-19 Outbreak
Effective as of March 30, 2020, all Office of Health Planning applications and requests must be submitted electronically through our website. We are no longer accepting in-person filings. If you need to submit a document for which a web form is currently unavailable, please mail your submission to:
Department of Community Health
Office of Health Planning
2 Peachtree Street, N.W., 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
IMPORTANT NOTICE RELATED TO EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 03.20.20.02
If you have a request to suspend a provision of O.C.G.A. § 31-6-40 pursuant to State of Georgia Executive Order 03.20.20.02, REDUCING REGULATIONS TO ASSIST THE STATE'S RESPONSE TO THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, please complete the form. Link above.
Stay up to date on the latest information by following advice from the Georgia Department of Public Health, your local county’s health department, and your healthcare provider or primary care physician.
Learn about national statistics and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Learn how you can help your fellow Georgians during the COVID-19 outbreak.
For more information on Georgia Pathways.
DCH Constituent Services:
Your government is open and working for you, but it’s not business as usual. Many state organizations are involved in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and are working on related efforts or have made temporary changes during this serious health emergency. Here’s what you should know about the state’s most-accessed services.