2015 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Floor Approved)

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Study of Piedmont Geriatric and Catawba Hospitals (language only)

Item 307 #8s

Item 307 #8s

Health and Human Resources
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Page 287, after line 3, insert:
"N. The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall undertake a review of Piedmont Geriatric and Catawba Hospitals.  This review shall evaluate the operational, maintenance and capital costs of these hospitals, and study alternate options of care, especially geriatric psychiatric care for patients residing in these hospitals.  The department shall develop recommendations and report to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by November 1, 2015."

(This amendment requires the department to review the operations of the Piedmont Geriatric and Catawaba Hospitals to evaluate their current operations, future needs, and optional care models for geriatric psychiatric populations. A recent federal audit has resulted in a change in how these hospitals are enrolled in the Medicare and Medicaid programs resulting in a significant loss of federal funding. This report shall provide information to better assess the operations of these facilities and appropriate care for the individuals being treated in the facilities.)