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Federally qualified health centersDefinitions.

This section contains definitions of words or phrases that apply to this chapter. Unless defined in this chapter or chapter 182-500 WAC, the definitions found in the Webster's New World Dictionary apply.
"APM index" - The alternative payment methodology (APM) is used to update APM encounter payment rates on an annual basis. The APM index is a measure of input price changes experienced by Washington's federally qualified health center (FQHC) and rural health clinic (RHC) providers. The index is derived from the federal medicare economic index (MEI) and Washington-specific variable measures.
"Base year" - The year that is used as the benchmark in measuring a center's total reasonable costs for establishing base encounter rates.
"Cost report" - A statement of costs and provider utilization that occurred during the time period covered by the cost report. FQHCs must complete a cost report when there is a change in scope, rebasing of the encounter rate, or when the medicaid agency sets a base rate.
"Encounter" - A face-to-face visit between a client and a FQHC provider (e.g., a physician, physician's assistant, or advanced registered nurse practitioner) who exercises independent judgment when providing services that qualify for an encounter rate.
"Encounter rate" - A cost-based, facility-specific rate for covered FQHC services, paid to an FQHC for each valid encounter it bills.
"Enhancements (also called managed care enhancements)" - A monthly amount paid by the agency to FQHCs for each client enrolled with a managed care organization (MCO). MCOs may contract with FQHCs to provide services under managed care programs. FQHCs receive enhancements from the agency in addition to the negotiated payments they receive from the MCOs for services provided to enrollees.
"Federally qualified health center (FQHC)" - An entity that has entered into an agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to meet medicare program requirements under 42 C.F.R. 405.2434 and:
(1) Is receiving a grant under section 329, 330, or 340 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, or is receiving funding from such a grant under a contract with the recipient of such a grant and meets the requirements to receive a grant under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act;
(2) Based on the recommendation of the PHS, is determined by CMS to meet the requirements for receiving such a grant;
(3) Was treated by CMS, for purposes of part B, as a comprehensive federally funded health center (FFHC) as of January 1, 1990; or
(4) Is an outpatient health program or facility operated by a tribe or tribal organization under the Indian Self-Determination Act or by an Urban Indian organization receiving funding under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.
"Fee-for-service" - A payment method the agency uses to pay providers for covered medical services provided to Washington apple health clients, except those services provided under the agency's prepaid managed care organizations or those services that qualify for an encounter rate.
"Interim rate" - The rate established by the agency to pay an FQHC for covered FQHC services prior to the establishment of a permanent rate for that facility.
"Rebasing" - The process of recalculating encounter rates using actual cost report data.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021 and 41.05.160. WSR 15-11-008, § 182-548-1100, filed 5/7/15, effective 6/7/15. WSR 11-14-075, recodified as § 182-548-1100, filed 6/30/11, effective 7/1/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, BIPA of 2000 Section 702, sections 201 and 209 of 2009-2011 budget bill, and 42 U.S.C. 1396a(bb). WSR 10-09-002, § 388-548-1100, filed 4/7/10, effective 5/8/10.]
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