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Sandhills Center Extends Temporary Community-Based Intermediate Care Facilities Funding

Sandhills Center Extends Temporary Community-Based Intermediate Care Facilities Funding

Publication Date: October 29, 2020

Sandhills Center Extends Temporary Community-Based Funding

In May 2020, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Act, which included funding for public health needs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Among the provisions of that Act was one-time, temporary additional funding assistance to Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The funding provided a per person/per day increase of $50.02 for approved ICF beds for the time period of July 1 through September 30, 2020.

Sandhills Center announced today that it is extending this increase to providers of community based Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) through December 31, 2020.

To streamline the administrative process for community based ICFs to receive this funding – and to prevent the need for replacement claim submissions for any October dates of service already billed - Sandhills Center plans to begin this temporary rate increase on November 1, 2020, for all dates of service November 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

In recognition of the October span between the NC General Assembly-approved funding and the November 1, 2020 increase, Sandhills Center is increasing the $50.02 daily increase amount to $75.44 for the time period November 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The $75.44 increased daily amount is in addition to the earlier announced COVID-19 adjustment for each community-based ICF. 

Sandhills Center will adjust the community-based ICF individual rates in Alpha to account for this announced rate extension. As a reminder, the Alpha system pays the lesser of the amount billed or the rate established in the system. If representatives from any ICF would like to verify the exact amount of their daily rate with the COVID-19 adjustment and the extended increase, they are encouraged to reach out to their assigned Claims Specialist.
ICF services provided through state-operated facilities have an alternative reimbursement arrangement and are therefore not subject to the announced temporary funding extension.