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DHCS Announces Next Superior Systems Waiver Renewal Stakeholder Meeting
Posts Q&A from previous stakeholder webinar

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) invites hospitals to participate in its second Superior Systems Waiver (SSW) Renewal stakeholder webinar April 16 from 10 a.m. – noon. The webinar agenda and presentation slides will be available on the DHCS stakeholder information web page at least five days before the webinar.

The current SSW expires Sept. 30, and DHCS will need to submit a renewal application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services no later than June 30. The waiver renewal will be effective for a two-year period — Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2017. The upcoming meeting will allow DHCS to solicit stakeholder input on this waiver. To register, visit To dial in for the webinar, call (415) 655-0051 and use access code 646-637-912.

In addition, DHCS has posted a summary of questions submitted by participants during its first SSW webinar, held March 18. The summary includes answers from DHCS representatives and a video recording

In the renewal application, DHCS envisions describing how the non-designated public hospitals and private hospitals will transition from using treatment authorization requests for most hospital stays to using their own utilization management systems with nationally recognized, evidence-based medical criteria, such as InterQual or Milliman Care Guidelines. Questions or comments can be sent to