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Request for Public Input on New Hampshire’s Access Monitoring Review Plan (AMRP)
(posted 8/23/2017)

Effective January 4, 2016, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted regulations requiring state Medicaid fee-for-service programs to develop a medical assistance access monitoring review plan (AMRP) for the state’s Medicaid recipients. The purpose of this plan is to monitor and ensure recipient access to covered Medicaid services.

Pursuant to 42 CFR 447.203, notice is hereby given that the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (the Department) invites public comment on its draft AMRP, “Monitoring Access to Care Plan for New Hampshire’s Fee-for-Service Medicaid Medical Services Program.”

Ensuring access to care for all New Hampshire Medicaid beneficiaries is a priority of the Department. The Department has created a comprehensive system of monitoring access for the 4% of Medicaid beneficiaries who continue to receive their benefits from the Fee for Service (FFS) delivery system. NH’s system is a multi-stage process of routinely monitoring a variety of data (e.g. utilization, other payer rates) for potential access issues. Issues that are confirmed receive rigorous analysis for root causes and corrective action if warranted. While the system includes quarterly monitoring, this document is the second annual report covering January 2014 – December 2016, consistent with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ new rules governing FFS access monitoring.

This report describes New Hampshire Medicaid’s healthcare access activities for beneficiaries receiving medical services for its fee-for-service (FFS) program. The report analyzes service data from January 2014 through December 2016 to report on the level of FFS provider availability and utilization of healthcare by Medicaid FFS beneficiaries over the two-year period. When available, more recent data is also used to describe the current Medicaid population and anticipated program changes impacting subsequent access planning.

Public comments will be accepted from August 23, 2017 through September 22, 2017. The draft of Monitoring Access to Care Plan for New Hampshire’s Fee-for-Service Medicaid Medical Services Program Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol is available to view.

Comments may be submitted by e-mail through September 22, 2017 to jill.fournier@dhhs.nh.gov. Please put “AMRP comments” in the subject line.

Comments may also be submitted by regular mail to:
Jill Fournier
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Quality Assurance and Improvement
129 Pleasant Street - Thayer Bldg
Concord, NH 03301-3857

Note that the e-mail address provided is only for comments about the report. Please include your name and contact information, but do not send any personally sensitive information with your comments.

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