Friday, May 29, 2009

Rules/regs in May 29 DCR

Out-of-boundary final rules:   The Chancellor of DCPS has issued a notice of final rulemaking and adoption of rules amending Title 5, Chapter 21 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR).   The final rules make changes in out-of-boundary transfers and students generally. The rules also change the Chancellor’s discretionary authority to approve out-of-boundary transfers.

Proposed change to Medicaid:   The Department of Health Care Finance (DCHF) issued proposed rules to establish a "Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC) program for prescription drugs covered by the Medicaid program."   According to the proposal,

The MAC rate will be the maximum amount the District will reimburse a pharmacy for affected multi-source drugs. Implementation of the MAC standardizes the rate of reimbursement to pharmacies, thus encouraging pharmacies to obtain the lower priced multi-source drug for dispensing purposes.   Medicaid state agencies are adopting MAC programs as a best practice initiative to contain the increasing cost of prescription drugs needed by Medicaid recipients.   The MAC program will work together with the Preferred Drug List to help DHCF to obtain the lowest price for prescription drugs, consistent with quality of care standards.   DHCF estimates savings of more than $4 million dollars from the new MAC.

DCHF plans to take final rulemaking action in no fewer than 30 days from the date of publication.   The public is encouraged to comment and those details are in the proposed rules.   (See page 4186)

State Superintendent of Education proposes rules on due process:   These rules describe the procedures for resolution meetings and due process hearings.   OSSE plans to take final rulemaking action in no fewer than 30 days from the date of publication.   The public is encouraged to comment and those details are in the proposed rules.   (See page 4208)

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