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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

12VAC30-50-345. PACE enrollee rights.

A. PACE providers shall ensure that enrollees are fully informed of their rights and responsibilities in accordance with all state and federal requirements. These rights and responsibilities shall include:

1. The right to be fully informed at the time of enrollment that PACE plan enrollment can only be guaranteed for a 30-day period pursuant to § 32.1-330.3 F of the Code of Virginia;

2. The right to receive PACE plan services directly from the provider or under arrangements made by the provider; and

3. The right to be fully informed in writing of any action to be taken affecting the receipt of PACE plan services.

B. PACE providers shall notify enrollees of the full scope of services available under a PACE plan, as described in 42 CFR 460.92. The services shall include:

1. Medical services, including the services of a PCP and other specialists;

2. Transportation services;

3. Outpatient rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy services;

4. Hospital (acute care) services;

5. Nursing facility (long-term care) services;

6. Prescription drugs;

7. Home health services;

8. Laboratory services;

9. Radiology services;

10. Ambulatory surgery services;

11. Respite care services;

12. Personal care services;

13. Dental services;

14. Adult day health care services, to include social work services;

15. Interdisciplinary case management services;

16. Outpatient mental health and intellectual disability services;

17. Outpatient psychological services;

18. Prosthetics; and

19. Durable medical equipment and other medical supplies.

C. Services available under a PACE plan shall not include any of the following:

1. Any service not authorized by the interdisciplinary team unless such service is an emergency service (i.e., a service provided in the event of a situation of a serious or urgent nature that endangers the health, safety, or welfare of an individual and demands immediate action);

2. In an inpatient facility, private room and private duty nursing services unless medically necessary, and nonmedical items for personal convenience such as telephones charges and radio or television rental, unless specifically authorized by the interdisciplinary team as part of the participant's plan of care;

3. Cosmetic surgery except as described in agency guidance documents;

4. Any experimental medical, surgical, or other health procedure; and

5. Any other service excluded under 42 CFR 460.96.

D. PACE providers shall ensure that PACE plan services are at least as accessible to enrollees as they are to other Medicaid-eligible individuals residing in the applicable catchment area.

E. PACE providers shall provide enrollees with access to services authorized by the interdisciplinary team 24 hours per day every day of the year.

F. PACE providers shall provide enrollees with all information necessary to facilitate easy access to services.

G. PACE providers shall provide enrollees with identification documents approved by DMAS. PACE plan identification documents shall give notice to others of enrollees' coverage under PACE plans.

H. PACE providers shall clearly and fully inform each enrollee of that enrollee's right to disenroll at any time and have such disenrollment be effective the first day of the month following the date the PACE organization receives the enrollee's notice of voluntary disenrollment.

I. PACE providers shall make available to enrollees a mechanism whereby disputes relating to enrollment and services can be considered. This mechanism shall be one that is approved by DMAS.

J. PACE providers shall fully inform enrollees of the individual provider's policies regarding accessing care generally and, in particular, accessing urgent or emergency care both within and without the catchment area.

K. PACE providers shall maintain the confidentiality of enrollees and the services provided to them.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 1396.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 8, eff. February 5, 2009; amended, Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 26, eff. September 16, 2020.

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