|Program Name: ||BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid ||Handbook Area: ||Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in the Home or Community for Adults |
Reimbursement : Collecting Payment From Members
Conditions That Must Be Met
A member may request a noncovered service, a covered service for which PA was denied (or modified), or a service that is not covered under the member's limited benefit category. The charge for the service may be collected from the member if the following conditions are met prior to the delivery of that service:
- The member accepts responsibility for payment.
- The provider and member make payment arrangements for the service.
Providers are strongly encouraged to obtain a written statement in advance documenting that the member has accepted responsibility for the payment of the service.
Furthermore, the service must be separate or distinct from a related, covered service. For example, a vision provider may provide a member with eyeglasses but then, upon the member's request, provide and charge the member for anti-glare coating, which is a noncovered service. Charging the member is permissible in this situation because the anti-glare coating is a separate service and can be added to the lenses at a later time.
According to federal regulations, providers cannot hold a member responsible for any commercial or Medicare cost-sharing amount such as coinsurance, copayment, or deductible. Therefore, a provider may not collect payment from a member, or authorized person acting on behalf of the member, for copayments required by other health insurance sources. Instead, the provider should collect from the member only the Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus copayment amount indicated on the member's remittance information.
Situations When Member Payment Is Allowed
Providers may not collect payment from a member, or authorized person acting on behalf of the member, except for the following:
- Required member copayments for certain services.
- Other health insurance payments made to the member.
- Charges for a private room in a nursing home if meeting the requirements stated in Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 107.09(4)(k), or in a hospital if meeting the requirements stated in Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 107.08(3)(a)2.
- Noncovered services if certain conditions are met.
- Covered services for which PA was denied (or an originally requested service for which a PA request was modified) if certain conditions are met. These services are treated as noncovered services.
- Services provided to a member in a limited benefit category when the services are not covered under the limited benefit and if certain conditions are met.
If a provider inappropriately collects payment from a member, or authorized person acting on behalf of the member, that provider may be subject to program sanctions including termination of Medicaid enrollment.