From the August 18 Mass Senior Care E-News Update
MassHealth Medical Necessity Form for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: Clarification on Signee of MNF
As previously reported, MassHealth has issued Transportation Bulletin 16/June 2016 announcing that effective July 1, 2016, a revised Medical Necessity Form (MNF) will be used to authorize non-emergency medical transportation for MassHealth members. This new MNF is required to authorize all non-emergency medical transportation covered by MassHealth on a fee-for-service basis. MassHealth covers only three types of non-emergency medical transportation covered by MassHealth on a fee-for-service basis: (1) wheelchair van transportation provided to MassHealth members who reside in institutional settings; (2) wheelchair van transportation provided to MassHealth members who reside in the community and need mobility assistance from transportation provider personnel to exit their residences or to move from their residences to the vehicle; and (3) non-emergency ambulance transportation provided to any MassHealth member, regardless of where the member resides. Neither previous MassHea lth forms nor forms created by transportation providers will be considered valid authorization for such transportation.
Please also note MassHealth has clarified that in regard to an authorized signee of the MNF in nursing facilities, only an RN under the “physician designee” is an acceptable signatory. LPNs in nursing facilities are not an acceptable signatory on a medical necessity form.