MaineCare Notice of Agency Rule-making Adoption, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 89

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Notice of Agency Rule-making Adoption

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, MaineCare Services

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: 10-144 C.M.R. Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 89, MaineMOM Services and Reimbursement



The adopted rulemaking establishes 10-144 CMR Ch. 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual (the “MBM”), Chapter II, Section 89, MaineMOM Services and Reimbursement.

The Department adopts this rule in order to create a new section of policy describing MaineMOM Services. The rulemaking addresses MaineMOM provider requirements, member eligibility, policies and procedures, covered services, and reimbursement methodology. The adopted MaineMOM Services rule is intended to expand Maine’s offering of substance use treatment services for pregnant and postpartum MaineCare members. This service is being created specifically to address and improve care for pregnant and postpartum people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and their infants by integrating perinatal and substance use treatment services. The adopted rule establishes a new model of care which builds upon Opioid Health Home Services within the Health Home Services Medicaid State Plan benefit, designed to integrate and coordinate medical and behavioral health services and supports for people living with chronic conditions.

MaineMOM services are separate from Section 93, Opioid Health Home Services. MaineCare will not reimburse a MaineMOM provider for delivering MaineMOM services to a member if that member also receives Section 93 services. 

The Department adopts service and provider requirements for MaineMOM Services that are consistent with Health Home Service requirements, to include core Health Home Services and Standards, and the delivery of person-centered, quality-driven health care services. These adopted core services include creating care plans that support individual needs of patients, identifying health-related social needs, connecting individuals to needed resources, providing education related to substance use and perinatal care, supporting transitions between inpatient and outpatient care settings, and offering access to recovery-focused services. The Department further adopts that MaineMOM Services be provided by an interdisciplinary care team that includes a clinical lead, a Medications for Opioid Used Disorder (MOUD) prescriber, a perinatal provider, a nurse care manager, a clinical counselor, a patient navigator, and a recovery coach.

The adopted rule establishes three (3) models of MaineMOM Services to accommodate various provider and member situations. The three (3) models are:

  • the Integrated Model,
  • the Partnership Model, and
  • the Perinatal Navigation Model

In compliance with 22 M.R.S. Section 3173-J(3), this adopted rule establishes the reimbursement rate methodology for Section 89 services, as follows:

  • For each of the three (3) models of MaineMOM Services, the adopted rule establishes a monthly Per Member Per Month (PMPM) reimbursement rate which incorporates quality of care incentives with the review of performance on two quality measures (access to postpartum services and screening for viral hepatitis C in pregnant patients).
  • 4% of the PMPM payments is withheld and redistributed every six months in accordance with the Performance-Based Adjustments rule provision.
  • In compliance with 22 M.R.S. Section 3173-J, the adopted reimbursement methodology applies an annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) equal to the percentage increase in the state minimum wage as set by the Department of Labor, pursuant to 26 M.R.S. Section 664(1), effective July 1, 2024, to the three MaineMOM PMPM rates.
  • The PMPM rates and the annual COLA adjustments will be posted on the Department’s website.

The Department has received approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for most of the new covered services and rates. The rule notates for which provisions the Department is seeking a State Plan Amendment for. As described in detail in the Summary of Comments and Responses document, the Department made a few changes to the final rule based on public comment. First, the Department changed the phrase “Consent Forms” to “Documentation of Consent” in Section 89.04-2(D). Second, the Department changed Section 89.05-1(A)(3) to establish new timelines for the Plan of Safe Care that reflect variances in when a member enrolls in MaineMOM services. Providers shall ensure a Plan of Safe Care is created prior to the pregnancy due date for members who enroll in services at least thirty (30) days prior to the pregnancy due date. For a member who enrolls in services after thirty (30) days prior to the pregnancy due date, the plan is created as soon as possible and appropriate, conditional on birth outcome. Third, the Department made two changes under Section 89.05-3. The first change replaced “hourly visit” with “billable hour.” The second change was to clarify that while the counseling requirements will be at a minimum one hour in duration monthly, this may be delivered in multiple member contacts, as clinically appropriate, and documented in the member’s record. Fourth, the Department replaced “long-term recovery” with “recovery” in Section 89.06. Fifth, the Department added “If a MaineMOM member has a primary care provider” to the beginning of Section 89.06-1(M). Finally, as a result of final rule review, the Department eliminated Section 89.08(A)(9) “Adequate clinical documentation to support the phase of treatment to which the MaineMOM provider is attesting.” MaineMOM services do not include phases of treatment and this was erroneously included in the proposed rule.

See for rules and related rulemaking documents.

EFFECTIVE DATE:                           December 6, 2023

STATUTORY AUTHORITY:             22 M.R.S. §§ 42, 3173

AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:       Steven Fritzsche, Comprehensive Health Planner II

AGENCY NAME:                              MaineCare Services

ADDRESS:                                         109 Capitol Street, 11 State House Station

                                                            Augusta, Maine 04333-0011


TELEPHONE:(207)-624-4031 FAX: (207)-287-6106

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