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Hospital Services

DMA Clinical Policy and Programs
Phone Number 919-855-4260
Fax 919-733-2796

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Medicaid Bulletins

For changes and updates to coverage criteria, billing information, and other program requirements refer to the N.C. Medicaid general and special bulletins.

Inpatient Services

Inpatient hospital services are those items and services ordinarily furnished by the hospital for the care and treatment of inpatients. These must be provided under the direction of either a physician with privileges or a dentist in an institution maintained primarily for treatment and care of patients with disorders other than mental disease.

Medically necessary and nonexperimental inpatient hospital services are available to all eligible Medicaid beneficiaries within hospital utilization review guidelines. Medical necessity is determined as generally accepted North Carolina community practice standards as verified by independent medical consultants.

Outpatient Services

Outpatient hospital services are preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative or palliative services or items furnished under the direction of a physician or dentist to a Medicaid or N.C. Health Choice beneficiary by an institution that is licensed or formally approved as a hospital.  Outpatient hospital services are available to all Medicaid recipients who are not inpatients. 

Out-of-State Services

All non-emergency clinical care and services provided by a hospital that is located beyond the 40-mile radius of North Carolina’s border to a N.C. Medicaid or N.C. Health Choice beneficiary requires prior approval, except:

  • when an emergency arises from an accident or illness; or
  • when the health of the individual would be endangered if treatment were postponed until the individual returned to North Carolina; or
  • the health of the individual would be endangered if travel were undertaken to return to North Carolina;
  • the individual is a foster child who is a ward of the state of North Carolina but residing beyond 40-mile radius of North Carolina’s border.

An emergency medical condition is one in which the sudden onset of a medical condition, including emergency labor and delivery, manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that the absence of immediate medical attention could reasonably be expected to result in:

  • placing the patient’s health in serious jeopardy
  • serious impairment to bodily functions, or
  • serious dysfunction of any organ or body part

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