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Sandhills Center announces extension of temporary Medicaid reimbursement rate increases due to COVID-19

Sandhills Center announces extension of temporary Medicaid reimbursement rate increases due to COVID-19

Publication Date: June 23, 2020

In March 2020, Sandhills Center announced temporary Medicaid reimbursement rate increases of 5 to 15 percent for network providers of local behavioral health services to be used for added costs associated with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Those announced reimbursement rate increases were effective for dates of service April 1 through June 30, 2020.

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in our local communities, so continues the critical need for a strong behavioral health response. With funding support from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Sandhills Center is announcing an extension of the June 30 end date to a new effective end date of Sept. 30, 2020, or as may be amended later.

As a reminder, the temporary Medicaid reimbursement rate increases included a 15 percent increase for residential services such as:
• Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities
• Behavioral Health Long-Term Residential
• Innovations Residential Services (Residential Supports 1-4, Supported Living 1-3 and Supported Living Periodic)
• Community-Based Intermediate Care Facilities

The rate increases also included an increase of 15 percent for the following Medicaid services:
• Assertive Community Treatment Team
• Community Support Team
• Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services

All other Medicaid services received a 5 percent increase that will continue through the same new effective end date of September 30, 2020, or as may be amended at a later date.

As announced in March, it is Sandhills Center’s expectation that additional revenue generated from the temporary enhanced service rates will be used to supplement direct care staff costs during this time and used to assist with supplies or other resources needed to continue services during the difficult times associated with the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate the support and partnership of our network providers in addressing the behavioral health needs of members locally.