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Ohio Medicaid Reverses Rule

On January 9, 2014, Ohio DJFS released a Medicaid Handbook Transmittal Letter (MHTL) Number 3334-13-13.  In the transmittal, the Department announced the reversal of Rule 5160-15-02.8 which was issued in October 2009.

This change removes the exclusion of fee-for-service coverage of transportation services (ambulance and wheelchair van) for nursing facility residents and nullifies the rule.

According to the Transmittal, effective January 1, 2014, Ohio DJFS will once again reinstate these payments direct to participating transportation providers when the treatment and transport, by whatever means, is provided to a resident of a nursing facility.

The Transmittal states the following…

Change: The exclusion of fee-for-service coverage of transportation services for NF residents has been removed.  This change takes effect on January 1, 2014.”

Guaranteed cash flow during transition.