Issued:  July 17, 2020

Time-limited Rate Increases

As part of the Partners Service Stability Program, we are implementing and continuing time-limited rate increases for the following Medicaid services as outlined below. The temporary increase will be retroactive to July 1, 2020. Providers who would like to take advantage of the retroactive rate will need to submit a replacement claim for any claims previously submitted after the July 1, 2020 effective date.

Service Code Description Rate Increase Effective Period
0100 ICF-IID

(this does not include hospitals or State Operated Facilities)

15% July 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020

Partners will continue to identify innovative ways to collaborate with our providers to meet the needs of our members during this time. Please visit our Providers COVID-19 webpage for the latest information about Partners Service Stability Program and additional resources available to providers in our network.

NC Medicaid Special Bulletins #111 and #112

The NC Division of Health Benefits (DHB) has recently published two Medicaid Bulletin articles related to COVID-19:

Special Bulletin COVID-19 #111: REMINDER: Provider Relief Fund Deadline Monday, July 20, 2020

North Carolina providers that participate in Medicaid may be eligible to receive federal relief as a result of lost revenue or new expenses relating to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Providers can apply by July 20, 2020, to receive payments. Application criteria

Special Bulletin COVID-19 #112: 1115 Waiver Approval and Acceptance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved North Carolina’s Medicaid Disaster 1115 Waiver. The waiver includes several provisions that allow flexibility for long-term services and supports (LTSS) to maintain services for beneficiaries and financial relief for home and community-based service (HCBS) providers. Flexibility details and updates.

Online ASAM Criteria Training

Low-cost training options for The ASAM Criteria are now available through the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work and Northwest AHEC for LME/MCO network providers.  These trainings are exclusively for behavioral health clinicians in North Carolina (LP, LPA, LCSW, LCSW-A, LCMHC, LCMHC-A,LCAS, LCAS-A, CCS, LMFT, LMFT-A, PA, NP, MD) who are contracted with an LME/MCO (or a Standard Plan) to provide Comprehensive Clinical Assessments, Diagnostic Assessments, and other evaluations.

Registration is now open with sessions beginning August 3, 2020.  Sessions will be scheduled weekly on an ongoing basis through June 2021.  For more information, visit or view the brochure.