2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Peace
Co-Patron(s): Garrett, Ingram, Landes, O'Bannon, Sickles, Stolle, Hester
Medicaid Rates for Anesthesia Services (language only)

Item 306 #11h

Item 306 #11h

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 274, after line 33, insert:

"SSSS. Any future rate increases to adult primary care services shall apply to anesthesia services."


(This amendment adds language directing the Department of Medical Assistance Services to apply future rate increases for adult primary care services to anesthesia services. Currently, Medicaid anesthesia rates are part of the "other" service category, which reimburses an average of 86.8% of Medicare rates. However, within this service category, anesthesia rates are reimbursed at only 58.1% of Medicare rates. This category of services does not receive any automatic inflation adjustments unlike hospitals and nursing facilities. This budget amendment has no immediate fiscal impact but would ensure that these rate increases for these services in the future are treated similarly to adult primary care services).