Friday, May 22, 2009

Final rules published in the May 22 DCR

Final rules:
  • The Director of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) has issued final rules entitled "Medicaid Reimbursement For Mental Health Rehabilitative Services (MHRS)."   The purpose of these final rules is to (1) set forth the appropriate billing code for the MHRS services and increases in reimbursement rates for certain MHRS services: medication/somatic treatment, counseling, community-based intervention (CBI) and assertive community treatment (ACT); (2) establish a new billing code for assessing eligibility of consumers for behavioral health services; and (3) establish a rate differential and new billing code for CBI Level I (multi-systemic) services.   (See page 4098)
  • The Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) has issued final amendments to selected provisions of Title 14 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations.   The final rule changes relate to Chapter 95, Rent Subsidy Programs, specifically the Local Rent Supplement Program.   The commissioners’ May 13 vote approving the amendments are effective upon publication in the Register.   (See page 4101)
  • The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) issued final rules entitled "State-wide Academic Assessments."   OSSE requires District-wide testing annually for the assessment and evaluation of student achievement in public and public charter schools, including students receiving educational services funded by the District of Columbia in other states.   In this regard the final regulation clarifies that Section A2301.4 does not apply to children who are wards of the District of Columbia living outside the District, and participate in a statewide assessment administered by schools they attend in another jurisdiction.   The District of Columbia’s annual academic assessment is currently administered through the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS).   (See page 4105)
  • OSSE has issued final rules, adopting a new Chapter A54 to subchapter A of Title 5 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR).   The rules establish procedures for an eligible applicant to appeal to OSSE a decision by a District of Columbia Eligible Chartering Authority denying a petition to establish a public charter school in the District of Columbia.   Proposed rules were published for comment on March 20, 2009 (56 DC Register 2276) and are being adopted in final as proposed.   (See page 4108)

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