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Entries in Regulatory (45)


Tramadol Reclassification: What it means to you

As of August 18, 2014, tramadol and products containing tramadol will be classified as Schedule IV. Tramadol is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain and is sometimes prescribed by oral surgeons for patients recovering from oral surgery. According to the DEA, a Schedule IV drug is a drug with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence.  Examples of Schedule IV drugs are Valium, Ativan, Ambien and Xanax.

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Medicaid Policy Updates

Provider Guides

Please note that effective July 1, 2014, the Health Care Authority (HCA) will no longer be sending listserv notices regarding provider guide updates. The HCA currently updates each provider guide at the start of each quarter: January 1st, April 1st, July 1st & October 1st. According to the HCA, it will now be the responsibility of the provider to access the updated provider guides on the HCA’s website at the start of each quarter. 

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ATTENTION: Electronic Health Records Update

On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, the Washington State Health Care Authority sent out a policy update regarding the requirement of additional documentation for the Electronic Health Record Medicaid Incentive Payment Program’s (eMIPP) Meaningful Use attestation process. 

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Medicaid Policy Updates Announced

Attention Medicaid Providers: There have been recent policy updates in Chapter 182-535 WAC which will affect claims with dates of service on and after May 1, 2014. Below, is a list of the major updates. Please contact Emily Lovell at should you have any questions.

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