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PDFWAC 182-550-4300

Hospitals and units exempt from the DRG payment method.

(1) Except when otherwise specified, inpatient services provided by hospitals and units that are exempt from the diagnosis-related group (DRG) payment method are paid under the ratio of costs-to-charges (RCC) payment method described in WAC 182-550-4500, the per diem payment method described in WAC 182-550-3000, the per case rate payment method described in WAC 182-550-3000, or other payment methods identified in this chapter (e.g., long term acute care (LTAC), certified public expenditure (CPE), critical access hospital (CAH), etc.). Inpatient services provided by hospitals and units are exempt from the DRG payment method only if they qualify for payment methods specifically mentioned in other sections of this chapter or in this section.
(2) The agency exempts the following hospitals, units, and services from the DRG payment method for inpatient services provided to clients eligible for Washington apple health:
(a) Hospitals participating in the agency's certified public expenditure (CPE) payment program (see WAC 182-550-4650);
(b) Hospitals participating in the agency's critical access hospital program (see WAC 182-550-2598);
(c) Rehabilitation services. All rehabilitation services are paid through the per diem payment method except as indicated in (a), (b), and (d) of this subsection (see WAC 182-550-3000);
(d) Military hospitals when no other specific arrangements have been made with the agency. The agency, or the military hospital, may elect or arrange for one of the following payment methods in lieu of the RCC payment method:
(i) Per diem payment method; or
(ii) DRG payment method; and
(e) Psychiatric services. All psychiatric services are paid through the per diem payment method except as indicated in (a), (b), and (d) of this subsection (see WAC 182-550-3000). A mental health designee that arranges to directly pay a hospital and/or a designated distinct psychiatric unit of a hospital may use the agency's payment methods or contract with the hospital to pay using different methods. Claims not paid directly through a mental health designee are paid through the agency's payment system.
(3) Inpatient psychiatric services, Involuntary Treatment Act services, and detoxification services provided in out-of-state hospitals are not covered or paid by the agency or the agency's mental health designee. The agency does not cover or pay for other hospital services provided to clients eligible for those services in the following programs, when the services are provided in out-of-state hospitals that are not in designated bordering cities:
(a) Medical care services; and
(b) Other state-administered programs.
(4) The agency has established an average length of stay (ALOS) for each DRG classification and publishes it on the agency's website. The agency uses the DRG ALOS as a benchmark to authorize and pay inpatient hospital stays exempt from the DRG payment method. When an inpatient hospital stay exceeds the agency's DRG ALOS benchmark or prior authorized LOS:
(a) For a psychiatric inpatient stay, the hospital must obtain approval for additional days beyond the prior authorized days from the division of behavioral health and recovery (DBHR) or the mental health designee who prior authorized the admission. See WAC 182-550-2600;
(b) For an acute physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) or a long term acute care (LTAC) stay, the hospital must obtain approval for additional days beyond the prior authorized days from the agency unit that prior authorized the admission. See WAC 182-550-2561 and 182-550-2590;
(c) For an inpatient hospital stay for detoxification for a chemical using pregnant (CUP) client, see WAC 182-550-1100;
(d) For other medical inpatient stays for detoxification, see WAC 182-550-1100 and subsection (5) of this section;
(e) For an inpatient stay in a certified public expenditure (CPE) hospital, see WAC 182-550-4690; and
(f) For an inpatient hospital stay not identified in (a) through (e) of this subsection, the agency may perform retrospective utilization review to determine if the LOS was medically necessary and at the appropriate level of care.
(5) If subsection (4)(d) of this section applies to an eligible client, the agency will:
(a) Pay for three-day detoxification services for an acute alcoholic condition; or
(b) Pay for five-day detoxification services for acute drug addiction when the services are directly related to detoxification; and
(c) If WAC 182-550-1100 (5)(b) applies, extend the three- and five-day limitations when the following are true:
(i) The days are billed as covered;
(ii) A medical record is submitted with the claim;
(iii) The medical record clearly documents that the days are medically necessary; and
(iv) The level of care is appropriate according to WAC 182-550-2900.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and chapter 74.60 RCW. WSR 14-12-047, § 182-550-4300, filed 5/29/14, effective 7/1/14. WSR 11-14-075, recodified as § 182-550-4300, filed 6/30/11, effective 7/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.500 and 2005 c 518. WSR 07-14-051, § 388-550-4300, filed 6/28/07, effective 8/1/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.500. WSR 06-08-046, § 388-550-4300, filed 3/30/06, effective 4/30/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090. WSR 05-12-132, § 388-550-4300, filed 6/1/05, effective 7/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090 and 42 U.S.C. 1395x(v), 42 C.F.R. 447.271, .11303, and .2652. WSR 01-16-142, § 388-550-4300, filed 7/31/01, effective 8/31/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.730, 74.04.050, 70.01.010, 74.09.200, [74.09.]500, [74.09.]530 and 43.20B.020. WSR 98-01-124, § 388-550-4300, filed 12/18/97, effective 1/18/98.]
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