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Increased Medicaid Rates to Take Effect This Month for Ohio Providers

Client Alert

As required by House Bill 33, Ohio’s 2024-2025 operating budget bill, reimbursement rates paid by the Ohio Department of Medicaid will increase for a wide range of providers starting on January 1, 2024. The rate increases total roughly $3.4 billion per year and apply to the following types of providers:

  • Non-institutional providers:
    • Ambulatory surgical centers / dialysis
    • Testing / lab / X-ray / durable medical equipment
    • Physicians / advanced practice registered nurses / physician assistants / clinics / skilled therapy
    • Vision and eye care
  • Community behavioral health providers
  • State plan private duty nursing / home health providers
  • Home and Community Based Services waiver providers:
    • PASSPORT waiver providers
    • Assisted living waiver providers
    • Ohio home care waiver providers
    • MyCare Ohio waiver providers
    • Individual Options waiver
    • Level 1 waiver providers
    • Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF) waiver providers
  • Department of Developmental Disabilities providers

Beginning on January 1, 2024, the majority of the codes in the Ohio Medicaid fee schedule for non-institutional providers increased by 5% or more. Specifically, there was approximately a 5% increase for physicians, APRNs, PAs, clinics, skilled therapy providers, ambulatory surgical centers, laboratories, dialysis providers, X-ray providers, and DME providers. Additionally, there was a 5.7% dispensing fee rate increase for pharmacies, a 79% rate increase for transportation providers, and a 93% rate increase for dental providers. There was no rate increase for FQHCs. However, there was a 10% baseline rate increase for community behavioral health rates.

The increased reimbursement rates authorized by HB 33 apply to dates of service starting January 1, 2024, and beyond. Note that ODM will reimburse all services based on the date the service was rendered, not the date the provider bills for the service. ODM also reminded providers that, even after the rates are increased due to HB 33, providers must continue to charge their reasonable and customary rates regardless of anticipated reimbursement from the department. ODM’s fee schedules and rates are codified in the Ohio Administrative Code and accessible for providers on ODM’s website.

If you have questions about ODM’s reimbursement rate increases, please contact your local BMD Healthcare Attorneys Daphne Kackloudis at dlkackloudis@bmdllc.com or Ashley Watson at abwatson@bmdllc.com.


The Ohio State University Launches Its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

In response to Ohio’s nursing shortage, The Ohio State University College of Nursing is accepting applications for its new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (aBSN). Created for students with a bachelor’s degree in non-nursing fields, the aBSN allows such students to obtain their nursing degree within 18 months. All aBSN students will participate in high-quality coursework and gain valuable clinical experience. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the State Board, National Council of Licensure Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

Another Transparency Obligation: The FinCEN Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirements

Many physician practices and healthcare businesses are facing a new set of federal transparency requirements that require action now. The U.S. Department of Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirements (the “Rule”), which was promulgated pursuant to the 2021 bipartisan Corporate Transparency Act, is intended to help curb illegal finance and other impermissible activity in the United States.

“In for a Penny, in for a Pound” is No Longer the Case for Florida Lawyers

On April 1, 2024, newly adopted Rule 1.041 to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedures goes into effect which creates a procedure for an attorney to appear in a limited manner in civil proceedings.  Currently, when a Florida attorney appears in a civil proceeding, he or she is reasonable for handling all aspects of the case for their client.  This new rule authorizes an attorney to file a notice limiting the attorney’s appearance to particular proceedings or specified matters prior to any appearance before the court.  For example, an attorney can now appear for the limited purpose of filing and arguing a motion to dismiss.  Once the motion to dismiss is heard by the court, the attorney may file a notice of termination of limited appearance and will have no further obligations in the case.

Enhancing Privacy Protections for Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

On February 8, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) finalized updated rules to 42 CFR Part 2 (“Part 2”) for the protection of Substance Use Disorder (“SUD”) patient records. The updated rules reflect the requirement that the Part 2 rules be more closely aligned with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) privacy, breach notification, and enforcement rules as mandated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020.

Columbus, Ohio Ordinance Prohibits Employers from Inquiries into an Applicant’s Salary History

Effective March 1, 2024, Columbus employers are prohibited from inquiring into an applicant’s salary history. Specifically, the ordinance provides that it is an unlawful discriminatory practice to: