Family and Children's Medicaid MA-3325 LONG TERM CARE BUDGETING
The actions the Income Maintenance Caseworker (IMC) takes depends on the type of institution in which the individual is placed.
Do not accept the applicant’s statement for documentation of the need for institutionalization or anticipated duration of care and treatment. Medical verifications are required. Refer to MA-3210, Verification Requirements For Applications.
A. Determining the Type of Institution
1. The FL-2/MR-2 prior approval form is used to document the care for an individual who is being placed in a Medicaid-certified nursing facility (NF) or an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded (ICF-MR). Refer to MA-2270, Long Term Care Need and Budgeting, in the Aged, Blind, and Disabled Medicaid Manual for instructions on the processing and use of the FL-2/MR-2.
Prior approval is granted by the fiscal contractor. Medical records may be requested by the contractor’s Prior Approval Unit.
2. Use the DMA-5045, Certificate of Need for Institutional Care for Individual Under Age 21, to document the duration of care when an individual under age 21 who lives in the home with financially responsible relatives is recommended by the attending physician for placement. The placement may be in a licensed acute care inpatient medical facility for medical, surgical, psychiatric, substance abuse treatment, or psychiatric residential treatment.
NOTE: The prior approval process for payment of cost of care is a separate process. Approval of a DMA-5045, Certificate of Need for Institutional Care for Individual Under Age 21, for duration of care is for budgeting purposes.
a. The IMC is responsible for evaluating whether DMA-5045, Certificate of Need for Institutional Care for Individual Under Age 21, is completed correctly and whether the recommended placement and duration of continuous care and treatment meet the requirements of this section.
b. Information regarding the duration of care and treatment is required only in order to determine financial eligibility. Therefore, if counting the parent(s)’ income and resources will not cause ineligibility, determine eligibility. File the DMA-5045, in the case record and see IV.B.
c. The DMA-5045, through section 1.b, is completed for care and treatment in a group home or other non-certified facility for 12 months or more. File a copy in the case record for informational purposes.
B. Determining Financial Responsibility
1. Placement in a Nursing Facility (NF) or Intermediate Care Facility -Mentally Retarded (ICF-MR)
2. Placement in a Medicaid Certified Institution for Acute Medical, Surgical, or Psychiatric Inpatient Care, Including Inpatient Treatment for Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF).
Always submit DMA-5045 to DMA when a child is placed and the stay is expected or has exceeded 12 months.
a. To document the need for continuous treatment for the purpose of determining financial eligibility, the IMC must request the individual’s attending physician to:
(1) Complete the DMA-5045, Certificate of Need for Institutional Care for Individual Under Age 21 Sections B and C,
(2) Submit all of the following required accompanying documentation:
(a) History of current illness
(b) Office medical records for past 6 months
(c) Discharge summaries from all inpatient, residential, or group home placements for past 12 months or dates and places of same
(d) List of current medications (IV.B.2.)
(e) Plan of care with goals and time frames
(f) Name of institution in which care and treatment will be provided
b. Screen the DMA-5045 carefully upon receipt from the physician to determine if form is completed correctly and whether the individual is in a Medicaid-certified medical facility as defined in I.A.
c. Return incomplete forms to the physician. Do not delay the application process by sending incomplete forms to DMA.
d. Send the completed DMA-5045 and accompanying documentation to:
Medicaid Eligibility Unit
Division of Medical Assistance
2501 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-2501
e. DMA will evaluate the documentation and inform the IMC of the acceptability of the recommended duration of care and treatment for the determination of financial eligibility.
f. If you are unable to obtain a fully completed DMA-5045 to verify the duration of care, determine the impact of the parent(s) income on the child’s eligibility. Follow policy in MA-3305, MAF, MIC, HSF Budgeting.
(1) If the individual under 21 is eligible considering the parent’s income, process as private living and authorize Medicaid.
(2) If the individual under 21 has excess income, notify him of the deductible based on his parent’s income. Pend the application for proof the deductible is met. Follow policy in MA-3210, Verification requirements for Applications, and MA-3215, Processing the Application.
g. Individual Placed and Recommended Duration of Care Accepted by DMA
Upon receipt of DMA-5045 with Section D: DMA Acceptance for Determination of Financial Eligibility completed, cease parental financial responsibility and budget as LTC effective the month after the month of the 30th continuous inpatient day. For example, if the recipient enters the facility on January 3, 2004, February 3, 2004 is the 30th continuous inpatient day, then March 1, 2004 is the LTC effective month.
h. Recommended Duration of Care Not Accepted by DMA
(1) DMA will notify the client and county by letter if the anticipated duration of care and treatment is rejected.
(2) Continue to determine eligibility as PLA and apply parental financial responsibility. Refer to III.E.
(3) Within 11 calendar days of the receipt of the letter rejecting the anticipated duration of treatment, the a/r has the right to appeal DMA’s decision. Notice of appeal should be directed to:
3. Individual Not Yet Placed or Not Yet Approved by DMA (Not Applicable to NF or ICF-MR)
a. Determine eligibility as PLA and apply parental financial responsibility:
b. If the individual meets all points of eligibility, approve the application.
c. If the individual has a deductible, pend for the deductible according to application processing requirements.
d. Deny the application if the individual is ineligible because of excess reserve with parental financial responsibility applied.
b. Deduct an amount for unmet medical needs (UMN) following procedures in MA-2270, Long-Term Care Need and Budgeting, in the Aged, Blind, and Disabled Medicaid Manual.
c. If remaining income is greater than the facility’s reimbursement rate, the individual is ineligible for help with cost of care. Refer to MA-2270, Long-Term Care Need and Budgeting, in the Aged, Blind, and Disabled Medicaid Manual for principles of LTC budgeting.
d. If remaining income is less than the facility’s reimbursement rate for the recommended level of care, round to the nearest whole dollar to establish the PML. (If 50 cents or greater, round up. If less than 50 cents, round down.)
5. Reporting PML
a. If the duration of treatment has been or is anticipated to exceed 12 months, enter the PML amount in EIS and report the PML to the NF by means of DMA-5016 .
b. If the duration of treatment has been or is anticipated to be 12 months or less, budget the case PLA. Authorize on the date that all eligibility factors, including deductible, are met. Refer to MA-3305, MAF, MIC, HSF Budgeting, for DMA-5016 procedures when the a.u. member is temporarily absent in a Medicaid certified medical institution.
c. If the medical facility is not certified by Medicaid, the cost of care will not be covered by Medicaid and a PML cannot be established.
d. For Hospice patients in a NF, send the DMA-5016 to the Hospice agency.