1999 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Conference Report)

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Report Nursing Facility Payment Implementation (language only)

Item 335 #11c

Item 335 #11c

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 271, after line 40, insert:
"Z.  Prior to implementation, the Department of Medical Assistance Services shall report to the Joint Commission on Health Care's Long-Term Care Subcommittee on the status of a revised nursing facility payment system.  The payment system shall continue to provide reimbursement for the Specialized Care Program as in effect on February 15, 1999, until such time as appropriate regulations become effective pursuant to the Administrative Process Act.  The report shall also address other long-term care financing issues and strategies, including, but not limited to, the extent to which patient acuity is considered under the payment system, waivers, and initiatives for better serving dual eligible beneficiaries."

(This amendment requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services to report to the Joint Commission on Health Care before implementing any revisions to the nursing facility payment system. The amendment also requires continuation of current specialized care rates until new regulations are appropriately promulgated.)