​Quality Assurance Fee

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Third Party Liability and Recovery Division (TPLRD) is responsible for collecting Quality Assurance Fees (QAF) from specified providers.  TPLRD is also responsible for collecting a Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax on health care plans.  Providers and MCOs may use this page to report required data, make electronic payments, and send questions to program staff.

Report Required Data

Providers associated with the programs below must report data to DHCS in order to determine their QAF amount due. These providers should use the links below:


The following programs do not require additional data to be submitted:

  • Hospital Quality Assurance Fee Program (HQAF)
  • Managed Care Organization (MCO)

Make Online Payments

DHCS now accepts Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for the QAF and MCO Tax programs. For more information, please visit the TPLRD EFT Payments webpage.

 

Note: If you misplaced or do not have an invoice number, refer to the following table and use the default invoice number to make a payment.

QAF/MCO Tax Program​Invoice Number​
​Ground Emergency Medical Transport (GEMT)​GEM12345678
Designated Intermediate Care Facility​ (DICF)​ICF12345678
​Day Treatment - DICF​DAY12345678
​Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)SNF12345678​
​Hospital Quality Assurance Fee Fee-For-Service​HQF12345678
Hospital Quality Assurance Fee Managed Care​​HQM12345678
Managed Care Organization Tax​

​MCO12345678

When paying by EFT using the default Invoice Number above, please send an email to QAF@dhcs.ca.gov and include the details listed below to ensure the EFT payment is posted and applied correctly:

  • Provider/Organization Name
  • National Provider Identifier (NPI) Number (if applicable)
  • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) Number (if applicable)
  • Amount of the EFT payment
  • Date of EFT payment
  • Payment invoices and/or census data identifying what the EFT payment is for (i.e. month/quarter and rate year)

Payment Address for Checks 

  

​QAF/MCO Tax ProgramMailing Address​
SNF​
Department of Health Care Services
ATTN: SNF QAF
Accounting Section/Cashiers Unit, Mail Stop 1101
1501 Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 997415
Sacramento, CA 95899-7415​
​DICF​Department of Health Care Services
ATTN: DICF QAF
Accounting Section/Cashiers Unit, Mail Stop 1101
1501 Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 997415
Sacramento, CA 95899-7415
​GEMT

​Department of Health Care Services
ATTN: GEMT QAF
Accounting Section/Cashiers Unit, Mail Stop 1101
1501 Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 997415
Sacramento, CA 95899-7415

​HQAF​Payments may be submitted by Overnight Mail with a tracking number for morning delivery via FedEx, Golden State, or United Parcel Service to:

Department of Health Care Services
ATTN:  HQAF
Accounting Section/Cashiers Unit, Mail Stop 1101
1501 Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 997415
Sacramento, CA 95899-7415
​MCO Tax​Payments may be submitted by Overnight Mail with a tracking number for morning delivery via FedEx, Golden State, or United Parcel Service to:

Department of Health Care Services
ATTN:  MCO Tax
Accounting Section/Cashiers Unit, Mail Stop 1101
1501 Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 997415
Sacramento, CA 95899-7415
 

More Information about the Programs

These programs support quality improvement efforts and enhance Federal Financial Participation for the Medi-Cal program. For more information about the QAF programs, click on the specified program page(s) below:

Send a Question to Program Staff

Submit questions regarding the QAF programs or payments.

 

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Last modified date: 11/1/2019 2:52 PM