2006 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Conference Report)

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Authority to Implement Pymt. Chgs. for Nursing Homes (language only)

Item 302 #14c

Item 302 #14c

Health And Human Resources
Department Of Medical Assistance Services

Page 268, after line 8, insert:
"3. The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall implement thisreimbursement change on July 1, 2006, or on the date of this enactment,whichever is later.  The Department shall have authority to implementthis reimbursement change prior to the completion of any regulatory process undertaken in order to effect such change."

(This amendment adds language governing Medicaid reimbursement for nursing facilities. The introduced budget included funding to increase the direct and indirect cost ceilings effective July 1, 2006. Language provides the Department with the authority to amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance to effect the reimbursement changes, which is typically done through the adoption of emergency regulations. This additional language is needed to allow the reimbursement changes to be implemented on July 1, 2006 without waiting for the regulations to become final.)