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Medicaid Policy Extended and Updates to 42 CFR Part 2

Thursday, August 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has provided the following update:


NC Medicaid is committed to ensuring beneficiaries continue to receive Medicaid and NC Health Choice services with no interruptions or delays due to COVID-19. Recently, the federal Declaration of Emergency scheduled to end July 25, 2020, was extended through Oct. 25, 2020. In response to this new date, NC Medicaid has extended its COVID-19 related temporary Clinical Coverage Policy provisions to Dec. 31, 2020.


NC Medicaid has also determined that it is both necessary and feasible to continue temporary enhanced rates related to COVID-19 through Sept. 30, 2020. In the fall, NC Medicaid will reassess both needs and available funding.


Please refer to relevant COVID-19 Medicaid Bulletins and Medicaid fee schedules for details.


NC Medicaid has also announced changes to 42 CFR Part 2 (substance use treatment):

On July 15, 2020, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) finalized modifications to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulations, 42 CFR Part 2 (“Part 2”). Modifications to Part 2 will be effective Aug. 14, 2020.

Part 2 rules are applicable to federally assisted programs and protect the confidentiality of individuals in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by establishing privacy and security requirements for written, electronic, and verbal information. 

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Additionally, public comments are being accepted on proposed Medicaid and North Carolina Health Choice policies to adopt permanent changes based on certain temporary modifications. All stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback. The process of making select temporary provisions permanent will continue through this calendar year. *NASW-NC plans to make comments on telehealth and outpatient behavioral health policy updates.

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