State Responds to Hospitals’ Request to Delay OBRA Electronic System

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) office recently announced a delay from late August until Sept. 20 for the effective date of its new electronic system for completing forms 3877 and 3878. The delay is in response to the MHA’s advocacy efforts and input from hospitals. Registration for the system will be open Aug. 16, providing more than 30 days for providers to register.

The new electronic system will replace the current paper process for completing the forms, which are required for discharging certain patients from an inpatient hospital to post-acute care settings such as skilled nursing facilities.

The MHA encourages all facilities to be prepared for the following dates:

  • Aug. 6:  “Sandbox” testing environment closes.
  • Aug. 16:  Live registration begins.
  • Sept. 20:  Statewide go-live date.

The MDHHS OBRA office is updating each User Role training module and will post them on the MDHHS-OBRA webpage as they become available over the coming weeks. The first training added will be for the 3878 User Role.

The MHA continues to convene a work group to identify issues and provide input to the OBRA office. Members with specific questions should contact the OBRA Help Desk. General questions may be directed to Vickie Kunz at the MHA.