MDHHS Releases Proposed Policy on Medicaid Rates for Dental Services

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently released a proposed policy to increase Medicaid payment rates to $2,300 for dental services provided at outpatient hospitals and $1,495 for services provided in an ambulatory surgical center (ASC).

Pending approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the policy would go into effect Oct. 1, 2022. The proposal states that services would move from the current outpatient prospective payment system to a Medicaid fee schedule. Services should be billed using dental surgery procedure code 41899 with payment based on the Medicaid fee schedule in effect on the date of service for the procedure code(s) billed. Outpatient hospital and ASC fee schedules are available on the MDHHS website under the billing and reimbursement and provider specific information tab.

Hospitals are encouraged to review the proposed policy and submit comments to the MDHHS by Nov. 23, 2022. Members with questions should contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA.