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TRICARE, Formerly Known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS); Fiscal Year 2012 Mental Health Rate Updates

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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, Department of Defense.

ACTION:

Notice of updated mental health rates for Fiscal Year 2012.

SUMMARY:

This notice provides the updated regional per-diem rates for low-volume mental health providers; the update factor for hospital-specific per-diems; the updated cap per-diem for high-volume providers; the beneficiary per-diem cost-share amount for low-volume providers; and, the updated per-diem rates for both full-day and half-day TRICARE Partial Hospitalization Programs for Fiscal Year 2012.

DATES:

Effective Date: The Fiscal Year 2012 rates contained in this notice are effective for services on or after October 1, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

TRICARE Management Activity (TMA), Medical Benefits and Reimbursement Branch, 16401 East Centretech Parkway, Aurora, CO 80011-9066.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Elan Green, Medical Benefits and Reimbursement Branch, TMA, telephone (303) 676-3907.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The final rule published in the Federal Register (FR) on September 6, 1988, (53 FR 34285) set forth reimbursement changes that were effective for all inpatient hospital admissions in psychiatric hospitals and exempt psychiatric units occurring on or after January 1, 1989. The final rule published in the Federal Register on July 1, 1993, (58 FR 35400) set forth maximum per-diem rates for all partial hospitalization admissions on or after September 29, 1993. Included in these final rules were provisions for updating reimbursement rates for each federal Fiscal Year. As stated in the final rules, each per-diem shall be updated by the Medicare update factor for hospitals and units exempt from the Medicare Prospective Payment System (i.e., this is the same update factor used for the inpatient prospective payment system). For Fiscal Year 2012, the market basket rate is 3.0 percent. This year, Medicare applied two reductions to its market basket amount: (1) A 1.0 percent reduction for economy-wide productivity required by section 3410(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which amended section 1886(b)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act, and (2) a 0.1 percent point adjustment as required by section 1886(b)(3)(B)(xii) of the Act as added and amended by sections 3401 and 10319(a) of the PPACA. These two reductions do not apply to TRICARE. Hospitals and units with hospital-specific rates (hospitals and units with high TRICARE volume) and regional-specific rates for psychiatric hospitals and units with low TRICARE volume will have their TRICARE rates for Fiscal Year 2012 updated by 3.0 percent

Partial hospitalization rates for full-day and half-day programs also will be updated by 3.0 percent for Fiscal Year 2012.

The cap amount for high-volume hospitals and units also will be updated by the 3.0 percent for Fiscal Year 2012.

The beneficiary cost share for low-volume hospitals and units also will be updated by the 3.0 percent for Fiscal Year 2012.

Per 32 CFR 199.14, the same area wage indexes used for the CHAMPUS Diagnosis-Related Group (DRG)-based payment system shall be applied to the wage portion of the applicable regional per-diem for each day of the admission. The wage portion shall be the same as that used for the CHAMPUS DRG-based payment system. For wage index values greater than 1.0, the wage portion of the regional rate subject to the area wage adjustment is 68.8 percent for Fiscal Year 2012. For wage index values less than or equal to 1.0, the wage portion of the regional rate subject to the area wage adjustment is 62 percent.

Additionally, 32 CFR 199.14, requires that hospital specific and regional per-diems shall be updated by the Medicare update factor for hospitals and units exempt from the Medicare prospective payment system.

The following reflect an update of 3.0 percent for Fiscal Year 2012.

Regional-Specific Rates for Psychiatric Hospitals and Units With Low Tricare Volume for Fiscal Year 2012

United States Census RegionRegional rate
Northeast:
New England$787
Mid-Atlantic758
Midwest:
East North Central655
West North Central618
South:
South Atlantic780
East South Central834
West South Central711
West:
Mountain710
Pacific838
Puerto Rico53

Beneficiary cost-share: Beneficiary cost-share (other than dependents of Active Duty members) for care paid on the basis of a regional per-diem rate is the lower of $208 per day or 25 percent of the hospital billed charges effective for services rendered on or after October 1, 2011.

Cap Amount: Updated cap amount for hospitals and units with high TRICARE volume is $ 989 per day for services on or after October 1, 2011.

The following reflect an update of 3.0 percent for Fiscal Year 2012 for the partial hospitalization rates.

Partial Hospitalization Rates for Full-Day and Half-Day Programs

[Fiscal year 2012]

United States Census RegionFull-day rate (6 hours or more)Half-day rate (3-5 hours)
Northeast:
New England (Maine, N.H., Vt., Mass., R.I., Conn.)$315$234
Mid-Atlantic:
(N.Y., N.J., Penn.)343258
Midwest:
East North Central (Ohio, Ind., Ill., Mich., Wis.)302225
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West North Central:
(Minn., Iowa, Mo., N.D., S.D., Neb., Kan.)302225
South:
South Atlantic (Del., Md., DC, Va., W.Va., N.C., S.C., Ga., Fla.)323244
East South Central:
(Ky., Tenn., Ala., Miss.)350264
West South Central:
(Ark., La., Texas, Okla.)350264
West:
Mountain (Mon., Idaho, Wyo., Col., N.M., Ariz., Utah, Nev.)353267
Pacific (Wash., Ore., Calif., Alaska, Hawaii)347260
Puerto Rico225170

The above rates are effective for services rendered on or after October 1, 2011.

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Dated: November 22, 2011.

Aaron Siegel,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer,

Department of Defense.

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[FR Doc. 2011-30514 Filed 11-25-11; 8:45 am]

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