Sandhills Center extends
Publication Date: December 29, 2021
Sandhills Center announced today that temporary funding increases for specific services will continue through March 31, 2022. These rate enhancements were first announced in the spring of 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and have been continued since that date.
Sandhills Center considers the rate enhancements each quarter based on the then current information about the impact of COVID-19 in our area and based on the continued funding availability that makes these reimbursement increases possible. Should one of these factors change prior to March 31, 2022, Sandhills Center may announce a change to these rate enhancements.
These residential and other service offerings will maintain 15 percent rate increases through March 31, 2022:
- Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities
- Behavioral Health Long-Term Residential
- Innovations Residential Services (Residential Supports 1-4, Supported Living 1-3 and Supported Living Periodic)
- Assertive Community Treatment Team
- Community Support Team
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services
- Community-Based Intermediate Care Facilities
Five percent rate increases will remain in place for all other Medicaid services through March 31, 2022, as well. Sandhills Center will continue to offer an enhanced $50.02 per-person/per-day reimbursement rate to community-based Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Last year, temporary rate adjustments for ICFs were granted through the COVID-19 Recovery Act, and approved by the North Carolina General Assembly. Because ICF services provided through state-operated facilities have an alternative reimbursement arrangement, they are not subject to the funding extension.
The temporary Medicaid reimbursement rate enhancements have been made possible through additional funding from the federal and state levels, and supported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The reimbursement rate increases have been designed to supplement resources that providers need, including direct-care staffing and personal protective equipment.
Sandhills Center is pleased to extend rate increases through March 31, 2022 because additional support is still needed for providers to maintain quality services, particularly with the spread of COVID-19 variants throughout our area. These efforts are a reflection of Sandhills Center’s ongoing commitment to the provider network during these challenging times.