HCA Finalizes Rules on New Rural Health Clinic Payment, Coverage for Incarcerated Patients

June 7, 2017

The Health Care Authority adopted final rules on two items WSHA has been involved in.

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) – Payment Methodologies and General Payment Information (WSR 17-12-016). HCA modified the rules to accommodate the new value-based alternative payment model for FQHCs and RHCs electing to participate in a new value-based model.  Currently, eleven FQHCs and one RHC have indicated they are interested in participating.
  • Suspending Medical Assistance During Incarceration, (WSR 17-12-017). In response to new legislation, HCA is suspending rather than terminating medical assistance benefits for people who are incarcerated in a jail or prison. The purpose is to facilitate continuity of health care coverage and services for prisoners upon discharge from a corrections facility. (Andrew Busz, andrewb@wsha.org)


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