Potential government shutdown

In the event of a federal government shutdown, individuals enrolled in Apple Health (Medicaid), Public Employees Benefits Board, and School Employees Benefits Board coverage—and those accessing behavioral health services—will not experience a disruption in care. In addition, health care providers will continue to be paid for the services they provide.

If a shutdown occurs, we will share more information at that time.

Apple Health public health emergency (PHE)

Important: Stay covered! Are you enrolled in Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage? It may be time to complete your renewal. Make sure your address and phone number are up to date so you can stay enrolled. Report a change.

Electing hospice services - DSHS agency and client

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Notification to the DSHS agency of hospice election

When a client elects hospice services, the hospice agency provides notification to the Health Care Authority (HCA) within five days of the election date using the HCA 13-746 hospice notification form. This form includes the client’s name, the effective date the client elected hospice services, the type of hospice (Medicare or Medicaid), the name of the hospice provider and the name of the facility if the client lives in a facility, including the admission date. 

The hospice agency checks for eligibility using the ProviderOne system. If the client is not active on medicaid, the hospice provider will assist the client in submitting an application (HCA 18-001 or 18-005) with the hospice notification form and release of information (DSHS 14-532). The HCS or DDA financial worker can release the eligibility determination, the award letter(s), participation, and/or other information that the hospice agency needs to bill correctly.

When a client’s hospice status changes, the hospice agency faxes a hospice notification form with the updated information HCA to be scanned into the client’s electronic record and indexed to the appropriate office. Examples include: the client revokes hospice services, the client discharges from a hospice facility or the clients dies. If a client transfers to a different hospice agency, both the old and the new providers are responsible to provide notification to HCA. Once clients do elect Hospice, covered drugs and items are limited under the Hospice program. Certain items are covered in the Hospice daily rate. (WAC 182-551-1210).

Revocation of services. (WAC 182-551-1360) The Hospice provider is responsible to notify HCA of the revocation by completing and faxing a copy of the HCA 13-746 hospice notification form. The Hospice provider is responsible to give the client a copy of the revocation statement and inform the client that the revocation statement must be presented with the client’s current medical identification card when obtaining Medicaid covered services, supplies or both. Client’s need to use this procedure until the department can remove Hospice coding out of the ProviderOne claims payment system.