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You can be confident that the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (DHCFP) is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and working closely with local, state and federal government agencies and business health care partners to ensure the health and safety of the Nevadans we serve.

DHCFP has created this webpage to answer frequently asked questions, and better share information and resources as it pertains to the current status of COVID-19 and its impact on Nevada Medicaid recipients and providers.  Updated information will be posted as more details come available. Vaccine availability is extremely limited at this time. For appointments, please check the links on the right-hand-side of this page. For information on transportation to receive the vaccine, click here.

Some of the activities DHCFP currently is pursuing:

  • Policy review: DHCFP is reviewing policy to identify whether changes are needed to State Plan Amendments (SPAs), waivers, state policy manuals, or managed care contracts to maximize additional flexibility to address COVID-19.
  • IT and Systems changes: DHCFP is making systems changes and implementing rates to ensure timely reimbursement for HCPCS and ICD-10 codes associated with COVID-19 testing.

The most important thing we can all do right now is to follow sensible advice about infection control (see Prevention Tips link on right).   Following these guidelines will help Nevada flatten the pandemic’s curve, and protect the most vulnerable among us. 

    COVID-19 Prioritization Lanes

    Nevada's COVID-19 Vaccination Playbook has been updated to incorporate recent recommendations provided by the CDC and other adjustments meant to tailor the plan to Nevada's unique needs. This Playbook remains a living, working document and may be revised throughout the course of the vaccination process based on data, science, and availability of the vaccine.  As outlined in Version 3 of this Playbook, once Nevada's "Tier 1/Phase 1a-Health Care Workforce & Support" is completed, vaccinations may begin to occur concurrently in two lanes: 1) Essential Workforce; and 2) General Population. The population groups in each lane should be vaccinated in priority order.  The Playbook can be found at: https://NVHealthResponse.nv.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.  Please click here for the COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Lanes infographic in both English and Spanish.

      COVID-19 Vaccine

      A new call center is available for Nevadan's to make vaccination appointments or to answer any questions.  The call center serves customers in both English and Spanish and other translators are available.  The call center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.  1-800-401-0946. 

      On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer VOCID-19 vaccine for individuals ages 16 years and older for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). On December 18, 2020, the FDA also approved the Moderna vaccine for EUA for individuals ages 18 years and older.

      The COVID-19 vaccine will be provided at no-cost to providers by the federal government. Providers may not bill Nevada Medicaid for the vaccine itself, but my bill for the vaccine administration fee only. Providers may not charge Nevada Medicaid recipients for the vaccine or the vaccine administration fee as this is a covered service.

      For Nevada Medicaid recipients in both Fee-for-Service (FFS) and Managed Care (MCO) the COVID-19 vaccine and administration fee will be covered at no-cost. For more information and resources on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Immunize Nevada (www.NVCOVIDFighter.org). Medical providers, pharmacies, Immunize Nevada, the media are resources to find out when the vaccine will be available to the general public. Links for COVID-19 vaccine information for the general public and providers are on the right-hand side of this page.

       

       

       

        Do you feel sick?

        If you feel sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an online COVID-19 “Self-Checker.”  This online self-checker can help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care when necessary.  This website can be found at CDC COVID-19 Self-Checker. You can also call the Nevada COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-401-0946 or Nevada 2-1-1 by dialing "211."  If you are enrolled in a Nevada Medicaid Managed Care Organization, you can contact these organizations as well for advice.  This includes Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Plan of Nevada, and SilverSummit Healthplan.  Please look on the right-hand side of this page under Recipients to click on links to these Medicaid Managed Care Organizations.

          Nevada’s Approved COVID-19 Waiver Requests

          The Division of Health Care Financing and Policy applied to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive specific Nevada Medicaid state plan requirements to assist the Division’s response to COVID-19. This was done via a 1135 Waiver, Appendix K Waiver for 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services, and a Disaster State Plan Amendment (SPA).  

           

          CMS has also provided a Blanket Waiver to allow all states the authority to waive specific requirements of the Social Security Act. This Blanket Waiver is effective from 3/1/2020 through the end of the emergency declaration.

            Public Health Emergency Extension

            U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar issued a renewal of the COVID-19 public health emergency, January 7, 2021.  Assuming a full 90-day extension, this will extend the PHE through April 21, 2021.  This extension means that the Disaster SPA, 1135 Waiver, Appendix K Waiver, blanket waiver, and telehealth guidelines that the Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy was approved for will be extended to this date.  All U.S. HHS public health emergency declarations can be found at HHS Public Health Emergency Declarations.