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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: February 05, 2021

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 the 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 period of July 1 through September 30, 2020.

Sandhills Center passed that $50.02 per person/per day, one-time increase along to our community-based ICFs, and extended that increase through December 31, 2020, through other funding.

Sandhills Center announced today that it is again extending the increase to community-based ICFs through March 31, 2021.

To streamline the administrative process for community-based ICFs to receive this funding – and to prevent the need for replacement claim submissions for any January dates of service already billed -- Sandhills Center plans to begin this temporary rate increase effective February 1, 2021, for all dates of service February 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021.

In recognition of the January 2021 span between the earlier announced funding extension and the February 1, 2021 increase, Sandhills Center is increasing the $50.02 daily increase amount to $76.30 for the period of February 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021. The increased daily amount of $76.30 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 the ICFs would like to verify the exact amount of their daily rate with the COVID-19 adjustment and the extended increase, they are encouraged to contact their assigned Sandhills Center 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.