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DMMA Issues Regulations Regarding Non-Payment for Provider Preventable Conditions

As required by the federal health care reform law passed in March 2010, Delaware’s Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance issued final regulations on November 1, 2011, that provide, as of July 1, 2011, that DMMA will not reimburse hospitals for provider preventable conditions (PPCs), which include foreign objects retained after surgery, blood transfusions with incompatible blood, falls and trauma occurring in the hospital, and the like. A full list of PPCs can be found at The payment bar does not apply to services related to pre-existing conditions, i.e., those “present on admission” (“POA”).

The final regulations also require Delaware hospitals that are Medicaid providers to report the occurrence of a PPC “through the appropriate claim(s) type submission process.” The regulation does not elaborate on the mechanics of reporting but DMMA has promised that more information on the reporting requirement will follow.

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