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Cost-Based and Inter-Agency Billing Rates for Medical Care or Services Provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs

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Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President and the Department of Veterans Affairs.




This document updates the Cost-Based and Inter-Agency billing rates for medical care or services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that apply in certain circumstances. This notice is issued jointly by the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Effective Date: The rates set forth herein are effective July 11, 2011 and until further notice.

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Romona Greene, Chief Business Office (168), Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461-1595. (This is not a toll free number.)

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VA's methodology for computing Cost-Based and Inter-Agency billing rates for medical care or services provided by VA is set forth in 38 CFR 17.102(h). These rates apply to medical care or services provided:

(a) In error or based on tentative eligibility;

(b) In a medical emergency;

(c) To pensioners of allied nations;

(d) For research purposes in circumstances under which VA medical care appropriation is to be reimbursed by VA research appropriation; and

(e) To beneficiaries of the Department of Defense (DoD) or other Federal agencies, when the care or service provided is not covered by an applicable sharing agreement. The rates contained in this notice do not apply to sharing agreements between VA and DoD unless otherwise stated.

Two sets of rates are obtained via application of this methodology: Cost-Based rates, for use for purposes (a) through (d), above, and Inter-Agency rates, for use for purpose (e), above. The calculations for the Cost-Based and Inter-Agency rates are the same except that Inter-Agency rates are not broken down into three components (Physician; Ancillary; and Nursing, Room, and Board), and they do not include standard fringe benefit costs covering government employee retirement, disability costs, and return on fixed assets.

When VA pays for medical care or service from a non-VA source under circumstances in which the Cost-Based or Inter-Agency Rates would apply if the care or service had been provided by VA, the charge for such care or service will be the actual amount paid by VA for that care or service.

Inpatient charges will be at the per diem rates shown for the type of bed section or discrete treatment unit providing the care.

The third party pharmacy rate will remain the same as set forth in the notice published in the Federal Register on November 3, 2005 (70 FR 66866) until VA's final rule RIN 2900-AN15 for the “Charges Billed to Third Parties for Prescription Drugs Furnished by VA to a Veteran for a Nonservice-Connected Disability” is effective on March 18, 2011. VA's current third party pharmacy rate utilizes the cost-based methodology set forth in 38 CFR 17.102, which was only to be used until such time as charges for prescription drugs were implemented under the provisions of 38 CFR 17.101. Effective March 18, 2011, VA will use the new methodology set forth in 38 CFR 17.101(m).

Current rates obtained via the above methodology are as follows:

Cost-based ratesInter-agency rates
A. Hospital Care per inpatient day
General Medicine:
All Inclusive Rate$2,384$2,232
Nursing Room and Board1,478
All Inclusive Rate3,8993,648
Nursing Room and Board2,299
Rehabilitation Medicine:
All Inclusive Rate2,1221,992
Nursing Room and Board1,233
Blind Rehabilitation:
All Inclusive Rate1,2401,161
Nursing Room and Board524
Spinal Cord Injury:
All Inclusive Rate1,7561,644
Nursing Room and Board1,096
All Inclusive Rate4,5334,248
Nursing Room and Board2,658
General Psychiatry
All Inclusive Rate801749
Nursing Room and Board599
Substance Abuse (Alcohol and Drug Treatment)
All Inclusive Rate1,1541,081
Nursing Room and Board777
Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Program
All Inclusive Rate577540
Nursing Room and Board480
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Intermediate Medicine
All Inclusive Rate1,9201,796
Nursing Room and Board1,544
Polytrauma Inpatient
All Inclusive Rate3,3913,197
Nursing Room and Board1,970
B. Nursing Home Care, Per Day
All Inclusive Rate993929
Nursing Room and Board828
C. Outpatient Medical and Emergency Dental Treatment
Outpatient Visit (Other than Emergency Dental)231214
Emergency Dental Outpatient Visit487416
PM&RS Outpatient Visit430401
Outpatient PolyTrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury573535

Beginning on the effective date indicated herein, these rates supersede those established by VA and by the Director of Office of Management and Budget on November 3, 2005 (70 FR 66866).

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Approved: August 9, 2010.

John R. Gingrich,

Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs.

Approved: June 29, 2011.

Jacob J. Lew,

Director, Office of Management and Budget.

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[FR Doc. 2011-17263 Filed 7-8-11; 8:45 am]