2004 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5001 (Conference Report)

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Enhanced Hospital Payments for NICUs

Item 326 #11c

Item 326 #11c

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2005 $750,000 FY2006 $750,000 GF
FY2005 $750,000 FY2006 $750,000 NGF

Page 250, line 37, strike "$4,057,098,577" and insert "$4,058,598,577".
Page 250, line 37, strike "$4,428,632,619" and insert "$4,430,132,619".
Page 264, after line 47, insert:
"BBB.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance governing Medicaid reimbursements for hospitals to provide enhanced reimbursements to provide an increase in Indirect Medical Education payments for non-state owned hospitals with base year 2002 Medicaid Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) utilization greater than 50 percent, as reported to the Department as of March 1, 2004.  Out of this appropriation, $750,000 from the general fund and $750,000 from nongeneral funds the first year and $750,000 from the general fund and $750,000 from nongeneral funds the second year shall be provided for this purpose.  Such amendments to the State Plan shall become effective within 280 days or less from the enactment of this act."

(This amendment provides enhanced reimbursements to inpatient hospitals with Medicaid utilization rates greater than 50 percent of their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patient populations. The enhanced reimbursements would be proportionally distributed to the hospitals based on each hospital's share of NICU Medicaid patient days.)