CSAC Bulletin Article

CMS Report to Congress on Transparency in Reviewing and Approving Section 1115 Waivers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Secretary’s First Annual Report on Transparency in the Review and Approval of Section 1115 Demonstration (Amendments to the SSA and Title II of this Act). This report to Congress provides a comprehensive history of federal public notice and comment policies applied to state Medicaid and CHIP demonstration projects and highlights federal transparency actions taken on state applications for 1115 demonstrations through September 2015.

Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System Waiver Webinar

Yesterday the Department of Health Care Services convened a webinar on the approved Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery Systems (DMC-ODS) waiver amendment. Implementation is being done on a regional basis in five phases:

  • Phase I – Bay Area
  • Phase II – Southern California
  • Phase III – Central Valley
  • Phase IV – Northern California
  • Phase V – Tribal Delivery System

Implementation in Phase I, the bay area counties is currently underway and DHCS expects implementation plans from those counties to be received in the near future. Implementation is set to begin in the Southern California counties in early November.

The slide deck from the webinar can be found here.

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