Notice of Hearing: Reconsideration of Disapproval of Virginia Title XXI State Plan Amendment (SPA) No. 6, 41330-41331 [E7-14607]

Download as PDF 41330 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 144 / Friday, July 27, 2007 / Notices proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS’ Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995, or e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786– 1326. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be received at the address below, no later than 5 p.m. on September 25, 2007. CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development—B, Attention: William N. Parham, III, Room C4–26– 05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244–1850. Dated: July 20, 2007. Michelle Shortt, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. E7–14481 Filed 7–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Notice of Hearing: Reconsideration of Disapproval of Virginia Title XXI State Plan Amendment (SPA) No. 6 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Notice of Hearing. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces an administrative hearing to be held on September 4, 2007, at 150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 216, Conference Room #241, Pennsylvania Room, The Public Ledger Building, Philadelphia, PA 19106–3499, to reconsider CMS’ decision to disapprove Virginia’s title XXI SPA No. 6. Closing Date: Requests to participate in the hearing as a party must be received by the presiding officer by (15 days after publication). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Scully-Hayes, Presiding Officer, CMS, Lord Baltimore Drive, Mail Stop LB–23–20, Baltimore, Maryland 21244, Telephone: (410) 786– 2055. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces an administrative hearing to reconsider CMS’ decision to disapprove Virginia’s title XXI SPA No. 6, which was submitted on June 29, VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:53 Jul 26, 2007 Jkt 211001 2004. This SPA was disapproved on April 20, 2007. Under this SPA, the State requested the addition of new school-based health services to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) benefit package. The amendment was disapproved because CMS found that the amendment violated the statute for reasons set forth in the disapproval letter. The following issues are to be decided at the hearing: (1) Whether Virginia provided all information necessary to establish that the proposed SPA, in the context of its State child health plan, conformed to all requirements of the SCHIP statute and implementing regulations, including: (a) Information on the exact nature of the services to be covered; whether those services are within the definition of child health assistance at section 2110(a) of the Social Security Act (Act); (b) Information on proposed provider qualifications necessary to ensure the quality and appropriateness of care pursuant to section 2102(a)(7) of the Act and ensure that services are provided in an effective manner pursuant to section 2101(a) of the Act, and; (c) Information on the budgetary impact necessary to ensure that services are provided in an effective and efficient manner. (2) In the absence of such information, whether a disapproval was warranted when 950 days had passed after CMS had requested that information. The Commonwealth of Virginia’s title XXI SPA No. 6 was submitted to the CMS on June 29, 2004, with a requested retroactive effective date of August 3, 2003. This amendment requested the addition of new school-based health services to the State’s SCHIP FAMIS benefit package. A request for additional information (RAI) was submitted to the State on August 18, 2004, which stopped the 90day review period. The RAI included questions concerning the nature of the proposed services, the qualifications of the providers, and the budgetary impact of the amendment. To date, the State has not responded to the request for additional information. Section 1116 of the Act and Federal regulations at 42 CFR part 430, Subpart D, and section 457.203 establish Department procedures that provide an administrative hearing for reconsideration of a disapproval of a State plan or plan amendment. CMS is required to publish a copy of the notice to a State Medicaid agency that informs the agency of the time and place of the PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 hearing, and the issues to be considered. If we subsequently notify the agency of additional issues that will be considered at the hearing, we will also publish that notice pursuant to 42 CFR 430.74(a). Any individual or group that wants to participate in the hearing as a party must petition the presiding officer within 15 days after publication of this notice, in accordance with the requirements contained at 42 CFR 430.76(b)(2). Any interested person or organization that wants to participate as amicus curiae must petition the presiding officer before the hearing begins in accordance with the requirements contained at 42 CFR 430.76(c). A hearing may be rescheduled by written agreement between CMS and a State pursuant to 42 CFR 430.72(a). The notice to Virginia announcing an administrative hearing to reconsider the disapproval of its SPA reads as follows: Mr. Brian McCormick, Department of Medical Assistance Services, Commonwealth of Virginia, 600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219. Dear Mr. McCormick: I am responding to your request for reconsideration of the decision to disapprove Virginia’s title XXI State plan amendment (SPA) No. 6, which was submitted on June 29, 2004, and was disapproved on April 20, 2007. Under this SPA, the State requested the addition of new school-based health services to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) benefit package. The amendment was disapproved because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was not certain if the amendment was in compliance with section 2106(c) of the Social Security Act (the Act) because the State did not respond to a request for additional information dated August 18, 2004. In the absence of a response, the SPA was disapproved because there was insufficient information to make the necessary determination. The following issues are to be decided at the hearing: (1) Whether Virginia provided all information necessary to establish that the proposed SPA, in the context of its State child health plan, conformed to all requirements of the SCHIP statute and implementing regulations, including: (a) Information on the exact nature of the services to be covered; whether those services are within the definition of child health assistance at section 2110(a) of the Act; (b) Information on proposed provider qualifications necessary to ensure the quality and appropriateness of care pursuant to section 2102(a)(7) of the Act and ensure that services are provided in an effective manner pursuant to section 2101(a) of the Act, and; (c) Information on the budgetary impact necessary to ensure that services are provided in an effective and efficient manner. E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 144 / Friday, July 27, 2007 / Notices (2) In the absence of such information, whether a disapproval was warranted when 950 days had passed after CMS had requested that information. The Commonwealth of Virginia’s title XXI SPA No. 6 was submitted to CMS on June 29, 2004, with a requested retroactive effective date of August 3, 2003. This amendment requested the addition of new school-based health services to the State’s SCHIP FAMIS benefit package. A request for additional information was submitted to the State on August 18, 2004, which stopped the 90-day review period. The request for information included questions concerning the nature of the proposed services, the qualifications of the providers, and the budgetary impact of the amendment. To date, the State has not responded to this request for information. I am scheduling a hearing on your request for reconsideration to be held on September 4, 2007, at 150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 216, Conference Room #241 (Pennsylvania Room), The Public Ledger Building, Philadelphia, PA 19106–3499, to reconsider the decision to disapprove SPA No. 6. If this date is not acceptable, we would be glad to set another date that is mutually agreeable to the parties. The hearing will be governed by the procedures prescribed by Federal regulations at 42 CFR Part 430, Subpart D, and section 457.203. I am designating Ms. Kathleen ScullyHayes as the presiding officer. If these arrangements present any problems, please contact the presiding officer at (410) 786– 2055. In order to facilitate any communication which may be necessary between the parties to the hearing, please notify the presiding officer to indicate acceptability of the hearing date that has been scheduled and provide names of the individuals who will represent the State at the hearing. Sincerely, Leslie V. Norwalk, Esq., Acting Administrator. Section 1116 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. section 1316); 42 CFR 430.18) (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance program No. 13.714, Medicaid Assistance Program.) Dated: July 20, 2007. Leslie V. Norwalk, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [FR Doc. E7–14607 Filed 7–26–07; 8:45 am] jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4120–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:53 Jul 26, 2007 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS–2272–PN] Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for Continued Deeming Authority for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS. ACTION: Proposed notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This proposed notice with comment period acknowledges the receipt of a deeming application from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Section 1865(b)(3)(A) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that within 60 days of receipt of an organization’s complete application, we publish a notice that identifies the national accrediting body making the request, describes the nature of the request, and provides at least a 30-day public comment period. DATES: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on August 27, 2007. ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to file code CMS–2272–PN. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission. You may submit comments in one of four ways (no duplicates, please): 1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on specific issues in this regulation to http:// www.cms.hhs.gov/eRulemaking. Click on the link ‘‘Submit electronic comments on CMS regulations with an open comment period.’’ (Attachments should be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Excel; however, we prefer Microsoft Word.) 2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS–2272– PN, P.O. Box 8015, Baltimore, MD 21244–8015. Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period. 3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments (one PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41331 original and two copies) to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS–2272–PN, Mail Stop C4–26–05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850. 4. By hand or courier. If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) before the close of the comment period to one of the following addresses. If you intend to deliver your comments to the Baltimore address, please call telephone number (410) 786– 9994 in advance to schedule your arrival with one of our staff members. Room 445–G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201; or 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850. (Because access to the interior of the HHH Building is not readily available to persons without Federal Government identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the CMS drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-in clock is available for persons wishing to retain a proof of filing by stamping in and retaining an extra copy of the comments being filed.) Comments mailed to the addresses indicated as appropriate for hand or courier delivery may be delayed and received after the comment period. For information on viewing public comments, see the beginning of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cindy Melanson, (410) 786–0310. Patricia Chmielewski, (410) 786–6899. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Submitting Comments: We welcome comments from the public on all issues set forth in this proposed notice to assist us in fully considering issues and developing policies. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Notice of Hearing: Reconsideration of Disapproval of Virginia 
Title XXI State Plan Amendment (SPA) No. 6

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

ACTION: Notice of Hearing.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces an administrative hearing to be held on 
September 4, 2007, at 150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 216, 
Conference Room 241, Pennsylvania Room, The Public Ledger 
Building, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3499, to reconsider CMS' decision to 
disapprove Virginia's title XXI SPA No. 6.
    Closing Date: Requests to participate in the hearing as a party 
must be received by the presiding officer by (15 days after 
publication).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Scully-Hayes, Presiding 
Officer, CMS, Lord Baltimore Drive, Mail Stop LB-23-20, Baltimore, 
Maryland 21244, Telephone: (410) 786-2055.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces an administrative 
hearing to reconsider CMS' decision to disapprove Virginia's title XXI 
SPA No. 6, which was submitted on June 29, 2004. This SPA was 
disapproved on April 20, 2007.
    Under this SPA, the State requested the addition of new school-
based health services to the State Children's Health Insurance Program 
(SCHIP) Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) benefit 
package.
    The amendment was disapproved because CMS found that the amendment 
violated the statute for reasons set forth in the disapproval letter.
    The following issues are to be decided at the hearing:
    (1) Whether Virginia provided all information necessary to 
establish that the proposed SPA, in the context of its State child 
health plan, conformed to all requirements of the SCHIP statute and 
implementing regulations, including:
    (a) Information on the exact nature of the services to be covered; 
whether those services are within the definition of child health 
assistance at section 2110(a) of the Social Security Act (Act);
    (b) Information on proposed provider qualifications necessary to 
ensure the quality and appropriateness of care pursuant to section 
2102(a)(7) of the Act and ensure that services are provided in an 
effective manner pursuant to section 2101(a) of the Act, and;
    (c) Information on the budgetary impact necessary to ensure that 
services are provided in an effective and efficient manner.
    (2) In the absence of such information, whether a disapproval was 
warranted when 950 days had passed after CMS had requested that 
information.
    The Commonwealth of Virginia's title XXI SPA No. 6 was submitted to 
the CMS on June 29, 2004, with a requested retroactive effective date 
of August 3, 2003. This amendment requested the addition of new school-
based health services to the State's SCHIP FAMIS benefit package.
    A request for additional information (RAI) was submitted to the 
State on August 18, 2004, which stopped the 90-day review period. The 
RAI included questions concerning the nature of the proposed services, 
the qualifications of the providers, and the budgetary impact of the 
amendment.
    To date, the State has not responded to the request for additional 
information.
    Section 1116 of the Act and Federal regulations at 42 CFR part 430, 
Subpart D, and section 457.203 establish Department procedures that 
provide an administrative hearing for reconsideration of a disapproval 
of a State plan or plan amendment. CMS is required to publish a copy of 
the notice to a State Medicaid agency that informs the agency of the 
time and place of the hearing, and the issues to be considered. If we 
subsequently notify the agency of additional issues that will be 
considered at the hearing, we will also publish that notice pursuant to 
42 CFR 430.74(a).
    Any individual or group that wants to participate in the hearing as 
a party must petition the presiding officer within 15 days after 
publication of this notice, in accordance with the requirements 
contained at 42 CFR 430.76(b)(2). Any interested person or organization 
that wants to participate as amicus curiae must petition the presiding 
officer before the hearing begins in accordance with the requirements 
contained at 42 CFR 430.76(c). A hearing may be rescheduled by written 
agreement between CMS and a State pursuant to 42 CFR 430.72(a).
    The notice to Virginia announcing an administrative hearing to 
reconsider the disapproval of its SPA reads as follows:

Mr. Brian McCormick,
Department of Medical Assistance Services, Commonwealth of Virginia, 
600 East Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219.
    Dear Mr. McCormick: I am responding to your request for 
reconsideration of the decision to disapprove Virginia's title XXI 
State plan amendment (SPA) No. 6, which was submitted on June 29, 
2004, and was disapproved on April 20, 2007.
    Under this SPA, the State requested the addition of new school-
based health services to the State Children's Health Insurance 
Program (SCHIP) Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) 
benefit package. The amendment was disapproved because the Centers 
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was not certain if the 
amendment was in compliance with section 2106(c) of the Social 
Security Act (the Act) because the State did not respond to a 
request for additional information dated August 18, 2004. In the 
absence of a response, the SPA was disapproved because there was 
insufficient information to make the necessary determination.
    The following issues are to be decided at the hearing:
    (1) Whether Virginia provided all information necessary to 
establish that the proposed SPA, in the context of its State child 
health plan, conformed to all requirements of the SCHIP statute and 
implementing regulations, including:
    (a) Information on the exact nature of the services to be 
covered; whether those services are within the definition of child 
health assistance at section 2110(a) of the Act;
    (b) Information on proposed provider qualifications necessary to 
ensure the quality and appropriateness of care pursuant to section 
2102(a)(7) of the Act and ensure that services are provided in an 
effective manner pursuant to section 2101(a) of the Act, and;
    (c) Information on the budgetary impact necessary to ensure that 
services are provided in an effective and efficient manner.

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    (2) In the absence of such information, whether a disapproval 
was warranted when 950 days had passed after CMS had requested that 
information.
    The Commonwealth of Virginia's title XXI SPA No. 6 was submitted 
to CMS on June 29, 2004, with a requested retroactive effective date 
of August 3, 2003. This amendment requested the addition of new 
school-based health services to the State's SCHIP FAMIS benefit 
package.
    A request for additional information was submitted to the State 
on August 18, 2004, which stopped the 90-day review period. The 
request for information included questions concerning the nature of 
the proposed services, the qualifications of the providers, and the 
budgetary impact of the amendment.
    To date, the State has not responded to this request for 
information.
    I am scheduling a hearing on your request for reconsideration to 
be held on September 4, 2007, at 150 S. Independence Mall West, 
Suite 216, Conference Room 241 (Pennsylvania Room), The 
Public Ledger Building, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3499, to reconsider 
the decision to disapprove SPA No. 6. If this date is not 
acceptable, we would be glad to set another date that is mutually 
agreeable to the parties. The hearing will be governed by the 
procedures prescribed by Federal regulations at 42 CFR Part 430, 
Subpart D, and section 457.203.
    I am designating Ms. Kathleen Scully-Hayes as the presiding 
officer. If these arrangements present any problems, please contact 
the presiding officer at (410) 786-2055. In order to facilitate any 
communication which may be necessary between the parties to the 
hearing, please notify the presiding officer to indicate 
acceptability of the hearing date that has been scheduled and 
provide names of the individuals who will represent the State at the 
hearing.
    Sincerely,
Leslie V. Norwalk, Esq.,
Acting Administrator.

Section 1116 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. section 1316); 42 
CFR 430.18)

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance program No. 13.714, Medicaid 
Assistance Program.)

    Dated: July 20, 2007.
Leslie V. Norwalk,
Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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