June 24, 2019

Last year, a regulatory change was enacted that required health care providers to complete a training before being able to screen any individual for eligibility to receive Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports (LTSS).

This form must be completed to determine various support services for Medicaid patients and is traditionally filled out by a nurse or social worker before mandatory sign off from a physician.

Recently, Medicaid announced that a five-hour online training would need to be completed by June 30 of this year and repeated every 3 years to authorize physician use of the form.

The Medical Society of Virginia worked with the Department of Medicaid Services (DMAS) to delay the training completion date for physicians use of the Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports (LTSS) form.  DMAS is sympathetic to the burden of training for physicians and is working with Virginia physicians to create a physicians' only training module.

This physicians' only module is being developed to highlight physicians' specific role as signator in the Screening process. The new training will assure compliance with the laws that require that a physicians' signature be present for Medicaid funds to be authorized for LTSS.

All physicians whose role is to sign the DMAS-96 which documents authorization or denial of Medicaid LTSS funding, should continue to sign the forms which enables electronic processing of the Screening package.

Read the Medicaid Bulletin