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Sandhills Center to extend rate increases through December 2021

Sandhills Center to extend rate increases through December 2021

Publication Date: September 29, 2021

Sandhills Center announced today that temporary funding increases for specific services will continue through December 31, 2021. The rate enhancements have been in place since the spring of 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These residential and other service offerings will maintain 15 percent rate increases:

Five percent rate increases will remain in place for all other Medicaid services through the end of 2021, 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 that Sandhills Center announced today.

These 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 intent has been to supplement resources that providers need including direct-care staffing and personal protective equipment.

“Sandhills Center is pleased to extend rate increases because we understand that additional support is still needed for our provider network to maintain quality services,” said Sandhills Center CEO Victoria Whitt. “These efforts are a reflection of our ongoing commitment to front-line providers during these challenging times.”

Sandhills Center may consider additional rate enhancements or extensions, if necessary, should uncertainties due to COVID-19 persist.