States reverse Medicaid changes

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif., and SALEM, Ore. - It looks like providers in California and Oregon have dodged bullets. AAHomecare reported in August that California's Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, no longer plans to contract out DME, starting with adult manual wheelchairs. The state planned to contract with manufacturers to determine a fair acquisition price for manual wheelchairs and then offer that price to providers, plus a to-be-determined markup. The association also reported that Oregon's Medicaid program no longer plans to mirror Medicare and implement a 36-month cap on oxygen reimbursement. The cap still applies to dual-eligible patients. HME