Notice of Intended Action

Brain injury waiver budget cap; reimbursement rate for assertive community treatment services, 79.1(2), 83.82(2)“d”

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to assertive community treatment rates and brain injury waiver budget maximum and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Human Services Department hereby proposes to amend Chapter 79, "Other Policies Relating to Providers of Medical and Remedial Care," and Chapter 83, "Medicaid Waiver Services," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 249A.4.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 249A.4.

Purpose and Summary

Legislation from the 2019 Legislative Session directed the Department to eliminate the monthly budget maximum or cap for individuals eligible for the Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) brain injury waiver. Legislation also appropriated additional funds to adjust the per diem rates for assertive community treatment (ACT) services. These proposed amendments implement those changes.

Fiscal Impact

Based on June 2018 data, annualized ACT costs were estimated at $5,794,035. The cost per unit was increased by approximately 9.32 percent to achieve the $211,332 state share target. Based on a previously completed fiscal note, no fiscal impact is expected from eliminating the monthly budget maximum or cap for individuals eligible for the brain injury waiver. During calendar year 2018, the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise received 126 exception-to-policy (ETP) requests for brain injury waiver members to exceed the monthly cap for services, and of these, only two requests were denied. Since the ETP process is an existing practice, costs related to exceptions would already be incorporated into the base data used to set managed care organization rates.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to rule 441—1.8(17A,217).

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 7, 2020. Comments should be directed to:

Nancy Freudenberg

Iowa Department of Human Services

Hoover State Office Building, Fifth Floor

1305 East Walnut Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0114


Public Hearing

No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making actions are proposed:

Item 1. Amend subrule 79.1(2), provider category of "Assertive community treatment," as follows:

Provider category

Basis of reimbursement

Upper limit

Assertive community treatment

Fee schedule

$51.08 per day for each day on which a team meeting is held. Fee schedule in effect 7/1/2019. Maximum of 5 days per week.

Item 2. Rescind paragraph 83.82(2)"d."

Human Services Department

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 1/7/2020.

Official Document

  • Brain injury waiver budget cap; reimbursement rate for assertive community treatment services, 79.1(2), 83.82(2)“d”
  • Published on 12/18/2019
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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 441-79.1(2) Rule 441-83.82(2)"d"
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