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OACHC'S public policy and advocacy efforts are dedicated to promoting the value of Community Health Centers to Ohio's elected and appointed officials, both on the state and federal levels. OACHC staff work closely with Ohio's Congressional Delegation, Ohio's General Assembly, the Governor's Administration and other government agencies, to provide input on legislation and policies of interest to Ohio's Community Health Centers. 


The overarching goal for OACHC state advocacy initiatives is to ensure that Ohio’s Community Health Centers have the resources to provide care to Ohioans, regardless of income or insurance status.


Members only: Stay up-to-date on state legislation OACHC is tracking with the OACHC Legislative Tracker


HB 166: Ohio’s FY 2020-2021 Operating Budget


Ohio Community Health Center Budget Priorities:

  •  Preserve current Medicaid coverage and service levels
  • Funding for group 8
  • Adult Dental and Vision Medicaid Programs
  • Expand General Revenue Funding (GRF) appropriated to FQHCs to support the Ohio Primary Care Workforce Initiative
  • Prohibit 340B discriminatory contracting practices
  • Expand Ohio’s tele-health policy(s)
  • Preserve and enhance as appropriate Ohio’s Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Program
  • Position Ohio’s Community Health Centers to lead on infant mortality, as it continues to be a leading public health issue, as well as advocate for resources to support CHCs to combat SUD/opiate endemic

Ohio Regulatory Updates

Medicaid Advisory Letter (MAL): Guidelines for Urine Drug Screen Services
The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) provided guidance to address the concerns regarding overutilization of urine drug screens (UDS) being performed on Medicaid eligible individuals receiving substance abuse treatment. Read the MAL here (attached PDF) that is effective July 1 for the Managed Care population ONLY (FFS implementation is delayed until further notice).


OACHC made comments to the new Telehealth rule 5160-1-18. If the rule goes through JCARR without objections, the effective date will be July 4. Stay tuned to OACHC action alerts for any updates!


Qualified Entities and PE

OACHC provided comments to Rule 5160-1-17.12 (Qualified entity requirements and responsibilities for determining presumptive eligibility).
With leadership and support of the Ohio FQHC 340B consortium, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) updated their Presumptive Eligibility (PE) letter to include pharmacy guidance and help desk contacts specifically for pharmacists. The letter will include contact information for Change Healthcare, ODM’s pharmacy benefit adminstrator. If presented at the pharmacy and presumptive eligibility information is not available, pharmacy staff will be directed through the updated PE letter to contact Change Healthcare at 1-877-518-1545 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to confirm eligibility. The BIN is also being added to the PE letter.

ODM Provider News: New Standard Authorization Form

Standard Authorization Form (Form Number: ODM 10221), is now available under the 
Ohio Department of Medicaid Provider Tab with the purpose of improving care coordination for a patient across multiple providers by making it easier to share protected health information in a secure manner. The form is applicable to all covered entities in Ohio. It is not required to be used, but a properly executed form must be accepted by the receiving entity. 

Payment for Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Furnished at a FQHC

ODM’s Medicaid Advisory Letter (MAL) on the payment of LARCs explicitly allows the billing of a medical encounter for insertion and separate payment may be made for a LARC device or implant, including FFS patients. 


ODM will be requiring the MCPs to use the MITS “Provider Master File” (PMF) to verify enrollment information and to determine which individual practitioners are affiliated to each center. It will be important for FQHCs to keep their enrollment and affiliation information up-to-date in MITS. According to ODM, everything can be done by the provider by following the Enrollment and Group Member Linkage Instructions. Now the MCPs are using their own rosters to determine who is working at each health center. Rosters will continue to be used for other purposes, but the PMF will be used to verify some enrollment information and to determine affiliation. At some point, if practitioners’ enrollment and affiliation information is not up-to-date in MITS, FFS and MCP claims may deny.

ODM’s Non-Emergency Transportation

Use and share the Non-Emergency Transportation Services resource to help answer the question “Where can I call for transportation assistance to Medicaid appointments?”. 

Medication Units

This rule allows OTP Medication Units (methadone) to locate at FQHCs (among other locations), effective Jan 1, 2019. Additional resource: a map of OTPs and OBOTs in Ohio.

Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) Website Refresh

The Ohio Department of Medicaid’s Managed Care webpage now only has items related to providers and managed care. Reports have been moved here: Managed care contracts, addenda, FAQ, and plan guidance can be found here: Lastly, the MyCare webpage reflects more current updates.



FQHC/PPS Rule Package 

Visit here for the “Chapter 5160-28 Cost-Based Clinic (FQHC, OHF, RHC) Services” – more commonly known as the FQHC/PPS Rule Package in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).


For legislative or public policy information, contact Kelly Carey, Director of Policy & Public Affairs 



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