2006 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Conference Report)

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Auth. to Implement Pymt. Chgs. for Hospital Services (language only)

Item 302 #24c

Item 302 #24c

Health And Human Resources
Department Of Medical Assistance Services

Page 271, line 66, after "PP." insert "1."
Page 271, after line 20, insert:
"2. The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall implement this reimbursement change on July 1, 2006, or on the date of this enactment, whichever is later.  The Department shall have authority to implement this 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 inpatient hospital services. The introduced budget included funding to increase inpatient hospital payment rates by two percent 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.)