Code of Federal Regulations

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Title 42

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§405.454.  Payments to providers.[3]

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(j)  Periodic interim payment method of reimbursement.—

(1)(i)  Covered services furnished before July 1, 1987. In addition to the regular methods of interim payment on individual provider billings for covered services, the periodic interim payment (PIP) method is available for Part A hospital and SNF inpatient services and for both Part A and Part B HHA services.

(ii)  Covered services furnished on or after July 1, 1987. Effective with covered services furnished to beneficiaries on or after July 1, 1987, the PIP method, in addition to the other methods of interim payment on individual provider billings for covered services, is available only for the following:

(A)  Part A SNF services.

(B)  Part A and Part B HHA services.

(C)  Part A services furnished in hospitals receiving payment in accordance with a demonstration project authorized under section 402(a) of Pub. L. 90-248 (42 U.S.C. 1395b-1) or section 222(a) of Pub. L. 92-603 (42 U.S.C. 1395b-1 (note)), or a State reimbursement control system approved under section 1886(c) of the Act and Subpart C of Part 403 of this chapter, if that type of payment is specifically approved by HCFA as a part of the demonstration or control system.

(D)  Part A services furnished in hospitals located in a rural area as defined in §412.62(f) of this chapter that have fewer than 100 beds available for use excluding beds assigned to newborns.

(2)  Any participating provider furnishing the services described in paragraph (j)(1) of this section that establishes to the satisfaction of the intermediary that it meets the following requirements may elect to be reimbursed under the PIP method, beginning with the first month after its request that the intermediary finds administratively feasible:

(i)  The provider’s estimated total Medicare reimbursement for inpatient services is at least $25,000 a year computed under the PIP formula or, in the case of an HHA, either its estimated—

(A)  Total Medicare reimbursement for Part A and Part B services is at least $25,000 a year computed under the PIP formula; or

(B)  Medicare reimbursement computed under the PIP formula is at least 50 percent of estimated total allowable cost.

(ii)  The provider has filed at least one completed Medicare cost report accepted by the intermediary as providing an accurate basis for computation of program payment (except in the case of a provider requesting reimbursement under the PIP method upon first entering the Medicare program).

(iii)  The provider has the continuing capability of maintaining in its records the cost, charge, and statistical data needed to accurately complete a Medicare cost report on a timely basis.

(iv)  The provider has repaid or agrees to repay any outstanding current financing payment in full, such payment to be made before the effective date of its requested conversion from a regular interim payment method to the PIP method.

(3)  No conversion to the PIP method may be made with respect to any provider until after that provider has repaid in full its outstanding current financing payment.

(4)  The intermediary’s approval of a provider’s request for reimbursement under the PIP method will be conditioned upon the intermediary’s best judgment as to whether payment can be made to the provider under the PIP method without undue risk of its resulting in an overpayment because of greatly varying or substantially declining Medicare utilization, inadequate billing practices, or other circumstances. The intermediary may terminate PIP reimbursement to a provider at any time it determines that the provider no longer meets the qualifying requirements or that the provider’s experience under the PIP method shows that proper payment cannot be made under this method.

(5)  Payment will be made biweekly under the PIP method unless the provider requests a longer fixed interval (not to exceed 1 month) between payments. The payment amount will be computed by the intermediary to approximate, on the average, the cost of covered inpatient or home health services rendered by the provider during the period for which the payment is to be made, and each payment will be made 2 weeks after the end of such period of services. Upon request, the intermediary will, if feasible, compute the provider’s payments to recognize significant seasonal variation in Medicare utilization of services on a quarterly basis starting with the beginning of the provider’s reporting year.

(6)  A provider’s periodic interim payment amount may be appropriately adjusted at any time if the provider presents or the intermediary otherwise obtains evidence relating to the provider’s costs or Medicare utilization that warrants such adjustment. In addition, the intermediary will recompute the payment immediately upon completion of the desk review of a provider’s cost report and also at regular intervals not less often than quarterly. The intermediary may make a retroactive lump sum interim payment to a provider, based upon an increase in its periodic interim payment amount, in order to bring past interim payments for the provider’s current cost reporting period into line with the adjusted payment amount. The objective of intermediary monitoring of provider costs and utilization is to assure payments approximating, as closely as possible, the reimbursement to be determined at settlement for the cost reporting period. A significant factor in evaluating the amount of the payment in terms of the realization of the projected Medicare utilization of services is the timely submittal to the intermediary of completed admission and billing forms. All providers must complete billings in detail under this method as under regular interim payment procedures.

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§447.331.  Drugs: Aggregate upper limits of payment.

(a)  Multiple source drugs. Except for brand name drugs that are certified in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section, the agency payment for multiple source drugs must not exceed, the amount that would result from the application of the specific limits established in accordance with §447.332. If a specific limit has not been established under §447.332, then the rule for “other drugs” set forth in paragraph (b) applies.

(b)  Other drugs. The agency payments for brand name drugs certified in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section and drugs other than multiple source drugs for which a specific limit has been established under §447.332 must not exceed in the aggregate, payment levels that the agency has determined by applying the lower of the—

(1)  Estimated acquisition costs plus reasonable dispensing fees established by the agency; or

(2)  Providers’ usual and customary charges to the general public.

(c)  Certification of brand name drugs.

(1)  The upper limit for payment for multiple source drugs for which a specific limit has been established under §447.332 does not apply if a physician certifies in his or her own handwriting that a specific brand is medically necessary for a particular recipient.

(2)  The agency must decide what certification form and procedure are used.

(3)  A checkoff box on a form is not acceptable but a notation like “brand necessary” is allowable.

(4)  The agency may allow providers to keep the certification forms if the forms will be available for inspection by the agency or HHS.

§447.332.  Upper limits for multiple source drugs.

(a)  Establishment and issuance of a listing.

(1)  HCFA will establish listings that identify and set upper limits for multiple source drugs that meet the following requirements:

(i)  All of the formulations of the drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been evaluated as therapeutically equivalent in the most current edition of their publication, Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations (including supplements or in successor publications).

(ii)  At least three suppliers list the drug (which has been classified by the FDA as category “A” in its publication, Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, including supplements or in successor publications) based on all listings contained in current editions (or updates) of published compendia of cost information for drugs available for sale nationally.

(2)  HCFA publishes the list of multiple source drugs for which upper limits have been established and any revisions to the list in Medicaid program instructions.

(3)  HCFA will identify the sources used in compiling these lists.

(b)  Specific upper limits. The agency’s payments for multiple source drugs identified and listed in accordance with paragraph (a) of this section must not exceed, in the aggregate, payment levels determined by applying for each drug entity a reasonable dispensing fee established by the agency plus an amount established by HCFA that is equal to 150 percent of the published price for the least costly therapeutic equivalent (using all available national compendia) that can be purchased by pharmacists in quantities of 100 tablets or capsules (or, if the drug is not commonly available in quantities of 100, the package size commonly listed) or, in the case of liquids, the commonly listed size.

§447.333.  State plan requirements, findings and assurances.

(a)  State plan. The State plan must describe comprehensively the agency’s payment methodology for prescription drugs.

(b)  Findings and assurances. Upon proposing significant State plan changes in payments for prescription drugs, and at least annually for multiple source drugs and triennially for all other drugs, the agency must make the following findings and assurances:

(1)  Findings. The agency must make the following separate and distinct findings:

(i)  In the aggregate, its Medicaid expenditures for multiple source drugs, identified and listed in accordance with §447.332(a) of this subpart, are in accordance with the upper limits specified in §447.332(b) of this subpart; and

(ii)  In the aggregate, its Medicaid expenditures for all other drugs are in accordance with §447.331 of this subpart.

(2)  Assurances. The agency must make assurances satisfactory to HCFA that the requirements set forth in §§447.331 and 447.332 concerning upper limits and in paragraph (b)(1) of this section concerning agency findings are met.

(c)  Recordkeeping. The agency must maintain and make available to HCFA, upon request, data, mathematical or statistical computations, comparisons, and any other pertinent records to support its findings and assurances.

§447.334.  Upper limits for drugs furnished as part of services.

The upper limits for payment for prescribed drugs in this subpart also apply to payment for drugs provided as part of skilled nursing facility services and intermediate care facility services and under prepaid capitation arrangements.

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§483.60.  Pharmacy services.

The facility must provide routine and emergency drugs and biologicals to its residents, or obtain them under an agreement described in §483.75(h) of this part. The facility may permit unlicensed personnel to administer drugs if State law permits, but only under the general supervision of a licensed nurse.

(a)  Procedures. A facility must provide pharmaceutical services (including procedures that assure the accurate acquiring, receiving, dispensing, and administering of all drugs and biologicals) to meet the needs of each resident.

(b)  Service consultation. The facility must employ or obtain the services of a licensed pharmacist who—

(1)  Provides consultation on all aspects of the provision of pharmacy services in the facility;

(2)  Establishes a system of records of receipt and disposition of all controlled drugs in sufficient detail to enable an accurate reconciliation; and

(3)  Determines that drug records are in order and that an account of all controlled drugs is maintained and periodically reconciled.

(c)  Drug regimen review.

(1)  The drug regimen of each resident must be reviewed at least once a month by a licensed pharmacist.

(2)  The pharmacist must report any irregularities to the attending physician and the director of nursing, and these reports must be acted upon.

(d)  Labeling of drugs and biologicals. Drugs and biologicals used in the facility must be labeled in accordance with currently accepted professional principles, and include the appropriate accessory and cautionary instructions, and the expiration date when applicable.

(e)  Storage of drugs and biologicals.

(1)  In accordance with State and Federal laws, the facility must store all drugs and biologicals in locked compartments under proper temperature controls, and permit only authorized personnel to have access to the keys.

(2)  The facility must provide separately locked, permanently affixed compartments for storage of controlled drugs listed in Schedule II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1976 and other drugs subject to abuse, except when the facility uses single unit package drug distribution systems in which the quantity stored is minimal and a missing dose can be readily detected.

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[Internal References.—SSAct §§1815(e)(2) and 1927(e) and (g) cite title 42, Code of Federal Regulations.]

[3]  As in effect October 1, 1986.