CHA News Article

CMS Approves SPA, Restores DP/SNF Medi-Cal Rates

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved State Plan Amendment (SPA) #13-034, exempting distinct-part skilled-nursing facilities (DP/SNFs) from the Medi-Cal payment reduction and rate freeze required by AB 97, passed in 2011. The restoration of the rates going forward is the result of provisions included in CHA-sponsored SB 239, passed by the state Legislature in 2013.

Approval of the SPA paves the way for implementation of full and unreduced 2013-14 rates, retroactive to Sept. 1, 2013, for DP/SNFs in designated rural or frontier areas, and retroactive to Oct. 1, 2013, for remaining DP/SNFs. CHA will provide additional information about the timelines for rate implementation as soon as it is available.