Posted April 13, 2012
BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is not moving forward with the final phase of a new Medicaid check write schedule, which would have pushed Medicaid claims payments toward an approximately 21-day cycle by the start of the new fiscal year. Medicaid claims will continue being paid on the current 14-day schedule.
“We heard from providers that the additional hold time would be disruptive to their business practices,” said DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein. “We worked hard to develop a process that keeps us at 14 days, and luckily, we were successful.”
The state is updating the schedule of Medicaid check write dates for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2012, which ends June 30. The state will not enact the 21-day Medicaid claims payment cycle; however, as DHH’s appropriation for the current fiscal year was set based on the planned transition to the 21-day cycle, the department will delay claims payments during the last week of June.
Providers will receive payment for those claims along with the following week’s claims in the first check write of the next fiscal year, which occurs July 3, 2012. Weekly payments will then resume on a 14-day processing cycle, and those check write dates are reflected in the updated schedule.