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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 00-1219



Office of Medical Assistance Programs; Funeral Director Services Fee Increase

[30 Pa.B. 3615]

   As provided in 55 Pa. Code § 1150.61(a), the Department of Public Welfare (Department) announces that effective July 3, 2000, it will increase the fees listed in the Medical Assistance (MA) Program Fee Schedule for services rendered by funeral directors. Specifically, effective July 3, 2000, the Department will increase the maximum payment available for burial and/or cremation to $750 if there are no resources that reduce the payment. Further, the Department will eliminate the sliding scale payment based on the age of the deceased. The specific changes to the MA Program Fee Schedule are as follows:

ProcedureIncreased Fee
CodeDescriptionCurrent FeeEffective 7-3-2000
Z9194Adult or Child; 10 or Over--Goods and Services$280.00$600.00
Z9195Interment; Actual Charges But Not Over70.00 150.00
Z9196Child Under 10--Goods and Services180.00 600.00
Z9197Interment; Actual Charges But Not Over70.00 150.00
Z9198Child Born Dead--Goods and Services50.00 600.00
Z9199Interment; Actual Charges But Not Over35.00 150.00

   The Department is implementing these changes to the MA Program Fee Schedule in conjunction with the Notice of Rule Change published June 10, 2000 (30 Pa.B. 2957). In this Notice, the Department has changed the requirements of 55 Pa. Code § 285.3(d) and (e) relating to maximum payment amounts for burial and/or cremation when there are no resources to reduce the payment. Neither the change to the MA Program Fee Schedule nor the Rule Change affect any other requirement relating to the payment for burial and/or cremation services.

   The fiscal note was prepared under provision of section 612 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § 232).

Contact Person

   A copy of this notice is available for review at local County Assistance Offices. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to this notice within 30 days of this publication. These comments should be sent to the Department of Public Welfare, Office of Medical Assistance Programs, c/o Deputy Secretary's Office, Attention: Regulations Coordinator, Room 515 Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

   Persons with a disability may use the AT&T relay service by calling (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (Voice users). Persons who require another alternative should contact Thomas Vracarich in the Office of Legal Counsel at (717) 783-2209.


   Fiscal Note:  14-NOT-250. (1) General Fund; (2) Implementing Year 1999-00 is $0.930 Million; (3) 1st Succeeding Year 2000-01 is $1.116 Million; 2nd Succeeding Year 2001-02 is $1.116 Million; 3rd Succeeding Year 2002-03 is $1.116 Million; 4th Succeeding Year 2003-04 is $1.116 Million; 5th Succeeding Year 2004-05 is $1.116 Million; (4) 1998-99 Program--$695.935 Million; 1997-98 Program--$662.740 Million; 1996-97 Program--$798.836 Million; (7) Medical Assistance--Outpatient; (8) recommends adoption. Since this notice is announcing the changes to the Medical Assistance Program Fee Schedule that are a result of Notice of Rule Change 14-NRC-77, the increased cost listed above is not in addition to the increased costs listed in 14-NRC-77.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 00-1219. Filed for public inspection July 14, 2000, 9:00 a.m.]

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