907 KAR 8:030 - Independent speech-language pathology service coverage provisions and requirements


NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Medicaid Services, has a responsibility to administer the Medicaid Program. KRS 205.520(3) authorizes the cabinet, by administrative regulation, to comply with any requirement that may be imposed or opportunity presented by federal law to qualify for federal Medicaid funds. This administrative regulation establishes the Medicaid Program coverage provisions and requirements regarding speech-language pathology services provided by an independent speech-language pathologist.

Section 1. Provider Participation.
(1) To be eligible to provide and be reimbursed for speech-language pathology services as an independent provider, a provider shall be:
(a) Currently enrolled in the Kentucky Medicaid Program in accordance with 907 KAR 1:672;
(b) Except as established in subsection (2) of this section, currently participating in the Kentucky Medicaid Program in accordance with 907 KAR 1:671; and
(c) A speech-language pathologist.
(2) In accordance with 907 KAR 17:015, Section 3(3), a provider of a service to an enrollee shall not be required to be currently participating in the fee-for-service Medicaid Program.
Section 2. Coverage and Limit.
(1) The department shall reimburse for a speech-language pathology service if:
(a) The service:
1. Is provided:
a. By a speech-language pathologist who meets the requirements in Section 1(1) of this administrative regulation; and
b. To a recipient;
2. Is ordered for the recipient by a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse for:
a. Maximum reduction of a physical or intellectual disability; or
b. Restoration of a recipient to the recipient's best possible functioning level;
3. Is prior authorized; and
4. Is medically necessary; and
(b) A specific amount of visits is requested for the recipient by a speech-language pathologist, physician, physician assistant, or an advanced practice registered nurse.
(a) There shall be an annual limit of twenty (20) speech-language pathology service visits per recipient per calendar year, except as established in paragraph (b) of this subsection.
(b) The limit established in paragraph (a) of this subsection may be exceeded if services in excess of the limits are determined to be medically necessary by the:
1. Department, if the recipient is not enrolled with a managed care organization; or
2. Managed care organization in which the enrollee is enrolled, if the recipient is an enrollee.
(c) Prior authorization by the department shall be required for each speech-language pathology service that exceeds the limit established in paragraph (a) of this subsection for a recipient who is not enrolled with a managed care organization.
Section 3. No Duplication of Service.
(1) The department shall not reimburse for a speech-language pathology service provided to a recipient by more than one (1) provider of any program in which speech-language pathology service is covered during the same time period.
(2) For example, if a recipient is receiving a speech-language pathology service from a speech-language pathologist enrolled with the Medicaid Program, the department shall not reimburse for the speech-language pathology service provided to the same recipient during the same time period via the home health program.
Section 4. Records Maintenance, Protection, and Security.
(a) A provider shall maintain a current health record for each recipient.
1. A health record shall document each service provided to the recipient including the date of the service and the signature of the individual who provided the service.
2. The individual who provided the service shall date and sign the health record on the date that the individual provided the service.
(a) Except as established in paragraph (b) of this subsection, a provider shall maintain a health record regarding a recipient for at least five (5) years from the date of the service or until any audit dispute or issue is resolved beyond five (5) years.
(b) If the secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services requires a longer document retention period than the period referenced in paragraph (a) of this subsection, pursuant to 42 C.F.R. 431.17, the period established by the secretary shall be the required period.
(3) A provider shall comply with 45 C.F.R. Part 164 .
Section 5. Medicaid Program Participation Compliance.
(1) A provider shall comply with:
(b) 907 KAR 1:672; and
(c) All applicable state and federal laws.
(a) If a provider receives any duplicate payment or overpayment from the department, regardless of reason, the provider shall return the payment to the department.
(b) Failure to return a payment to the department in accordance with paragraph (a) of this subsection may be:
1. Interpreted to be fraud or abuse; and
2. Prosecuted in accordance with applicable federal or state law.
Section 6. Third Party Liability. A provider shall comply with KRS 205.622.
Section 7. Use of Electronic Signatures.
(1) The creation, transmission, storage, and other use of electronic signatures and documents shall comply with the requirements established in KRS 369.101 to 369.120.
(2) A provider that chooses to use electronic signatures shall:
(a) Develop and implement a written security policy that shall:
1. Be adhered to by each of the provider's employees, officers, agents, or contractors;
2. Identify each electronic signature for which an individual has access; and
3. Ensure that each electronic signature is created, transmitted, and stored in a secure fashion;
(b) Develop a consent form that shall:
1. Be completed and executed by each individual using an electronic signature;
2. Attest to the signature's authenticity; and
3. Include a statement indicating that the individual has been notified of his or her responsibility in allowing the use of the electronic signature; and
(c) Provide the department, immediately upon request, with:
1. A copy of the provider's electronic signature policy;
2. The signed consent form; and
3. The original filed signature.
Section 8. Auditing Authority. The department shall have the authority to audit any claim, medical record, or documentation associated with any claim or medical record.
Section 9. Federal Approval and Federal Financial Participation. The department's coverage of services pursuant to this administrative regulation shall be contingent upon:
(1) Receipt of federal financial participation for the coverage; and
(2) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval for the coverage.
Section 10. Appeal Rights.
(1) An appeal of an adverse action by the department regarding a service and a recipient who is not enrolled with a managed care organization shall be in accordance with 907 KAR 1:563.
(2) An appeal of an adverse action by a managed care organization regarding a service and an enrollee shall be in accordance with 907 KAR 17:010.


907 KAR 8:030
40 Ky.R. 2051; 2769; eff. 7-7-2014; Crt eff. 12-6-2019.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 194A.030(2), 194A.050(1), 205.520(3), 42 C.F.R. 440.130, 42 U.S.C. 1396d(a)(13)(C)

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