WAC 182-507-0120

Effective December 30, 2012

WAC 182-507-0120 Alien medical for dialysis and cancer treatment.

In addition to the provisions for emergency care described in WAC 182-507-0115, the medicaid agency also considers the conditions in this section as an emergency, as defined in WAC 182-500-0030.

1. A person nineteen years of age or older who is not pregnant and meets the eligibility criteria under WAC 182-507-0110  may be eligible for the scope of covered services under this program if the condition requires:

a. Surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy to treat cancer;

b. Dialysis to treat acute renal failure or end stage renal disease (ESRD); or

c. Anti-rejection medication, if the person has had an organ transplant.

2. When related to treating the qualifying medical condition, covered services include but are not limited to:

a.  Physician and ARNP services, except when providing a service that is not within the scope of this medical program (as described in subsection (7) of this section);

b. Inpatient and outpatient hospital care;

c. Dialysis;

d. Surgical procedures and care;

e. Office or clinic based care;

f. Pharmacy services;

g. Laboratory, x-ray, or other diagnostic studies;

h. Oxygen services;

i. Respiratory and intravenous (IV) therapy;

j. Anesthesia services;

k. Hospice services;

l. Home health services, limited to two visits;

m. Durable and non durable medical equipment;

 n. Non-emergency transportation; and

o. Interpreter services.

3. All hospice, home health, durable and non durable medical equipment, oxygen and respiratory, IV therapy, and dialysis for acute renal disease services require prior authorization.  Any prior authorization requirements applicable to the other services listed above must also be met according to specific program rules.

4. To be qualified and eligible for coverage for cancer treatment under this program, the diagnosis must be already established or confirmed. There is no coverage for cancer screening or diagnostics for a workup to establish the presence of cancer.

5. Coverage for dialysis under this program starts the date the person begins dialysis treatment, which may include fistula placement. and other required access.   There is no coverage for pre-dialysis intervention, such as surgery for fistula placement anticipating the need for dialysis, or any services related to preparing for dialysis.

6. Certification for eligibility will range between one to twelve months depending on the qualifying condition, the proposed treatment plan, and whether the client is required to meet a spenddown liability.

7. The following are not within the scope of service categories for this program:

a. Cancer screening or work-ups to detect or diagnose the presence of cancer;

b. Fistula placement while the person waits to see if dialysis will be required;

c. Services by any healthcare professional provided to treat a condition not related to, or medically necessary to, treat the qualifying condition;

d. Organ transplants, including pre-evaluations and post operative care;

e. Health department services;

f. School-based services;

g. Personal care services;

h. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy services;

i. Audiology services;

j. Neurodevelopmental services;

k. Waiver services;

l. Nursing facility services;

m. Home health services, more than two visits;

n. Vision services;

o. Hearing services;

p. Dental services, unless prior authorized and directly related to dialysis or cancer treatment;

q. Mental health services;

r. Podiatry services;

s. Substance abuse services; and

t. Smoking cessation services.

8. The services listed in subsection (7) of this section are not within the scope of service categories for this program.  The exception to rule process is not available.

9. Providers must not bill the agency for visits or services that do not meet the qualifying criteria described in this section. 

This is a reprint of the official rule as published by the Office of the Code Reviser. If there are previous versions of this rule, they can be found using the Legislative Search page.