2008 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hamilton
Enhanced Hospital Payments for NICUs

Item 306 #5h

Item 306 #5h

First Year - FY2009 Second Year - FY2010
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2009 $0 FY2010 $250,000 GF
FY2009 $0 FY2010 $250,000 NGF

Page 276, line 1, strike "$5,818,036,403" and insert "$5,818,536,403".
Page 289, after line 18, insert:
"RR.  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 2007 Medicaid Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) utilization greater than 50 percent, as reported to the Department as of March 1, 2008, and who do not otherwise receive other enhanced NICU payments.  Out of this appropriation, $250,000 from the general fund and $250,000 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 Medicaid payments in each year to inpatient hospitals with NICU Medicaid utilization rates greater than 50 percent in 2008 who do not receive other enhanced NICU payments. This enhanced funding would provide financial relief to Children's National Medical Center.)