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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 50. Amount, Duration, and Scope of Medical and Remedial Care Services

12VAC30-50-310. Emergency services for aliens.

A. No payment shall be made for medical assistance furnished to qualified aliens who entered the United States on or after August 22, 1996, who are not eligible for Medicaid for five years after their entry, and nonqualified aliens, including illegal aliens and legal nonimmigrants who are otherwise eligible, unless such services are necessary for the treatment of an emergency medical condition of the alien.

B. Emergency services are defined as:

Emergency treatment of accidental injury or medical condition (including emergency labor and delivery) manifested by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that the absence of immediate medical/surgical attention could reasonably be expected to result in:

1. Placing the patient's health in serious jeopardy;

2. Serious impairment of bodily functions; or

3. Serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part.

For purposes of this definition, emergency treatment of a medical condition does not include care and services related to either an organ transplant procedure or routing prenatal or postpartum care.

C. Medicaid eligibility and reimbursement is conditional upon review of necessary documentation supporting the need for emergency services. Services and inpatient lengths of stay cannot exceed the limits established for other Medicaid recipients.

D. Claims for conditions which do not meet emergency criteria for treatment in an emergency room or for acute care hospital admissions for intensity of service or severity of illness will be denied reimbursement by the Department of Medical Assistance Services.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR460-03-3.1100 § 22, eff. June 29, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 10, Issue 22, eff. September 1, 1994; Volume 13, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 1997.

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