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Cost-Based and Inter-Agency Billing Rates for Medical Care or Services Provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs for Fiscal Year 2021

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.




This document updates the Cost-Based and Inter-Agency billing rates for medical care or services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnished in certain circumstances.


The rates set forth herein are effective October 1, 2020.

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Romona Greene, Office of Community Care, Revenue Operations, Payer Relations and Services, Rates and Charges (10D1C1), Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420; telephone: 202-382-2521 (this is not a toll-free number).

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VA's methodology for computing Cost-Based and Inter-Agency rates for medical care or services provided by VA is set forth in section 17.102(h) of title 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Two sets of rates are obtained by applying this methodology, Cost-Based and Inter-Agency.

Cost-Based rates apply to medical care and services that are provided by VA under 38 CFR 17.102(a), (b), (d) and (g), respectively, in the following circumstances:

  • In error or based on tentative eligibility;
  • In a medical emergency;
  • To pensioners of allied nations; and
  • For research purposes in circumstances under which the medical care appropriation shall be reimbursed from the research appropriation.

Inter-Agency rates apply to medical care and services that are provided by VA under § 17.102(c) and (f), respectively, in the following circumstances when the care or services provided are not covered by any applicable sharing agreement in accordance with § 17.102(e):

  • To beneficiaries of the Department of Defense or other Federal agencies; and
  • To military retirees with chronic disability.

The calculations for the Cost-Based and Inter-Agency rates are the same with two exceptions. Inter-Agency rates are all-inclusive and are not broken down into three components (i.e., Physician; Ancillary; and Nursing, Room and Board), and do not include standard fringe benefit costs that cover Government employee retirement, disability costs, and return on fixed assets. When VA pays for medical care or services from a non-VA source under circumstances in which the Cost-Based or Inter-Agency rates would apply if the care or services had been provided by VA, the charge for such care or services will be the actual amount paid by VA for the care or services. Inpatient charges will be at the per diem rates shown for the type of bed section or discrete treatment unit providing the care.

The following table depicts the Cost-Based and Inter-Agency rates that are Start Printed Page 45472effective October 1, 2020, and will remain in effect until the next fiscal year Federal Register update. These rates supersede those established by the Federal Register notice published on September 30, 2019, at 84 FR 51728.

Cost-based ratesInter-agency rates
A. Hospital Care per inpatient day
General Medicine:
All Inclusive Rate$4,626$4,473
Nursing Room and Board2,866
All Inclusive Rate4,4334,280
Nursing Room and Board2,614
Rehabilitation Medicine:
All Inclusive Rate3,0902,979
Nursing Room and Board1,795
Blind Rehabilitation:
All Inclusive Rate2,0731,998
Nursing Room and Board876
Spinal Cord Injury:
All Inclusive Rate3,0322,924
Nursing Room and Board1,893
All Inclusive Rate8,2057,935
Nursing Room and Board4,812
General Psychiatry:
All Inclusive Rate2,4032,314
Nursing Room and Board1,798
Substance Abuse (Alcohol and Drug Treatment):
All Inclusive Rate2,3272,240
Nursing Room and Board1,567
Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Program:
All Inclusive Rate306297
Nursing Room and Board255
Intermediate Medicine:
All Inclusive Rate3,0292,928
Nursing Room and Board2,436
Poly-trauma Inpatient:
All Inclusive Rate3,3033,165
Nursing Room and Board1,919
B. Nursing Home Care, Per Day
All Inclusive Rate1,5041,450
Nursing Room and Board1,254
C. Outpatient Medical Treatments
Outpatient Visit (to include Ineligible Emergency Dental Care)409396
Outpatient Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service Visit241231
Outpatient Poly-trauma/Traumatic Brain Injury643622
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Signing Authority

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Brooks D. Tucker, Acting Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this document on July 22, 2020 for publication.

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Luvenia Potts,

Regulation Development Coordinator, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 2020-16323 Filed 7-27-20; 8:45 am]