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AB-1967 Drug Medi-Cal.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 21, 2014


SECTION 1.

 Section 14124.24 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

14124.24.
 (a) For purposes of this chapter, section,  “Drug Medi-Cal reimbursable services” means the substance use disorder services described in the California Medicaid  State Medicaid  Plan and includes, but is not limited to, all of the following services, administered by the department, and to the extent consistent with state and federal law:
(1) Narcotic treatment program services, as described in subdivision (a) of  set forth in  Section 14021.51.
(2) Intensive outpatient treatment Day care rehabilitative  services.
(3) Perinatal residential services for pregnant women and women in the postpartum period.
(4) Naltrexone services.
(5) Outpatient drug-free services.
(6) Other services upon approval of a federal Medicaid state plan amendment or waiver authorizing federal financial participation.
(b) (1) While seeking federal approval for any federal Medicaid state plan amendment or waiver associated with Drug Medi-Cal services, the department shall consult with the counties and stakeholders in the development of the state plan amendment or waiver.
(2) Upon federal approval of a federal Medicaid state plan amendment authorizing federal financial participation for in  the following services, and subject to appropriation of funds, “Drug Medi-Cal reimbursable services” shall also include the following services, administered by the department, and to the extent consistent with state and federal law:
(A) Medication-assisted treatment services, including both of the following:
(i) (A)  Any medication approved under Section 505 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 355), and all biological products licensed under Section 351 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262) to treat opioid use disorders. Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 14132.90, day care habilitative services, which, for purposes of this paragraph, are outpatient counseling and rehabilitation services provided to persons with substance use disorder diagnoses. 
(ii) Counseling services and behavioral therapy.
(B) Case management services, including supportive services to assist a person  persons  with substance use disorder diagnoses in gaining access to medical, social, educational, and other needed services.
(C) Aftercare services.
(c) (1) The nonfederal share for Drug Medi-Cal services shall be funded through a county’s Behavioral Health Subaccount of the Support Services Account of the Local Revenue Fund 2011, and any other  available county funds eligible under federal law for federal Medicaid reimbursement. The funds contained in each county’s Behavioral Health Subaccount of the Support Services Account of the Local Revenue Fund 2011 shall be considered state funds distributed by the principal state agency for the purposes of  receipt of the federal block grant funds for prevention and treatment of substance abuse found at Subchapter XVII of Chapter 6A of Title 42 of the United States Code. Pursuant to applicable federal Medicaid law and regulations, regulations  including Section 433.51 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, a county  counties  may claim allowable Medicaid federal financial participation for Drug Medi-Cal services based on the county’s certification of  counties certifying  their actual total funds expenditures for eligible Drug Medi-Cal services to the department.
(2) (A) If the director determines that a county’s provision of Drug Medi-Cal treatment services are disallowed by the federal government or by state or federal audit or review, the impacted county shall be responsible for repayment of all disallowed federal funds. In addition to any other recovery methods available, including, but not limited to, offset of Medicaid federal financial participation funds owed to the impacted county, the director may offset these amounts in accordance with Section 12419.5 of the Government Code.
(B) A county subject to an action by the director pursuant to subparagraph (A) may challenge that action by requesting a hearing in writing no later than 30 days from receipt of notice of the department’s action. The proceeding shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and the director shall have has all  the powers granted therein. Upon a county’s timely request for hearing, the county’s obligation to make payment as determined by the director shall be stayed pending the county’s exhaustion of administrative remedies provided herein  but no longer than necessary to  will  ensure the department’s compliance with Section 1903(d)(2)(C) of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1396b).
(d) Drug Medi-Cal services are only reimbursable to a  Drug Medi-Cal provider providers  with an approved Drug Medi-Cal contract.
(e) A county  Counties  shall negotiate contracts only with providers certified to provide Drug Medi-Cal services.
(f) The department shall develop methods to ensure timely payment of Drug Medi-Cal claims.
(g) (1) A county or a contracted provider, except for a provider subject to the requirements of subdivision (h),  to whom subdivision (h) applies,  shall submit accurate and complete cost reports for the previous fiscal year by November 1, following the end of the fiscal year. The department may settle Drug Medi-Cal reimbursable services, based on the cost report as the final amendment to the approved county Drug Medi-Cal contract.
(2) Any amount  Amounts  paid for any service  services  provided to a  Drug Medi-Cal beneficiary beneficiaries  shall be audited by the department in the manner and form described in Section 14170.
(3) Administrative appeals to review grievances or complaints arising from the findings of an audit or examination made pursuant to this section shall be subject to Section 14171.
(h) A certified  Certified  narcotic treatment program provider providers  that is are  exclusively billing the state or the county for services rendered to persons subject to Section 1210.1 or 3063.1 of the Penal Code or Section 14021.52 of this code  shall submit accurate and complete performance reports for the previous state fiscal year by November 1 following the end of that fiscal year. That provider  A provider to which this subdivision applies  shall estimate its budgets using the uniform state daily reimbursement rate. The format and content of the performance reports shall be mutually agreed to by the department, the County Behavioral Health Directors  Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators’  Association of California, and representatives of the treatment provider. providers. 
(i) Any contract  Contracts  entered into pursuant to this section shall be exempt from the requirements of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 10100) and Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 10290) of Part 2 of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code.
(j) Annually, the department shall publish procedures for contracting for Drug Medi-Cal services with certified providers and for claiming payments, including procedures and specifications for electronic data submission for services rendered.
(k) If the department commences or  a preliminary criminal investigation of a certified provider, the department shall promptly notify each county that currently contracts with the provider for Drug Medi-Cal services that a preliminary criminal investigation has commenced. If the department  concludes a preliminary criminal investigation of a certified provider, the department shall promptly notify each county that currently contracts with the provider for Drug Medi-Cal services that a preliminary criminal investigation has commenced or  concluded.
(1) Notice of the commencement and conclusion of a preliminary criminal investigation pursuant to this section  shall be made to the county behavioral health director or their  his or her  equivalent.
(2) Communication between the department and a county specific to the commencement or conclusion of a preliminary criminal investigation pursuant to this section  shall be deemed  confidential and shall not be subject to any disclosure request, including, but not limited to, the Information Practices Act of 1977 1997  (Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 1798) of Title 1.8 of Part 4 of Division 3 of the Code of  Civil Code), Procedure),  the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code), requests pursuant to a subpoena, or for any other public purpose, including, but not limited to, court testimony.
(3) Information shared by the department with a county on regarding  a preliminary criminal investigation shall be maintained in a manner to ensure protection of the confidentiality of the criminal investigation.
(4) The information provided to a county pursuant to this section shall only include the provider name, national provider identifier (NPI)  number, address, and the notice that an investigation has commenced or concluded.
(5) A county shall not take any adverse action against a provider based solely upon the preliminary criminal investigation information disclosed to the county. county pursuant to this section. 
(6) In the event of a preliminary criminal investigation of a county owned or operated program, the department has the option,  option to,  but is not required, to required to,  notify the county pursuant to this section  when the department commences or concludes a preliminary criminal investigation.
(7) This section does shall  not limit the voluntary or otherwise legally mandated or contractually mandated sharing of information between the department and a county of information on an audit or investigation of a Drug Medi-Cal provider. regarding audits and investigations of Drug Medi-Cal providers. 
(8) “Commenced” means the time at which a complaint or allegation is assigned to an investigator for a field investigation.
(9) “Preliminary criminal investigation” means an investigation to gather information to determine if criminal law or statutes have been violated.
(l) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department, without taking any further regulatory action, may implement, interpret, or make specific this section, in whole or in part, by means of bulletins or similar instructions, until the time that any necessary regulations are adopted.
(m) The department shall adopt regulations necessary to implement this section by July 1, 2023.
(n) This section shall be implemented to the extent that any necessary federal approval of state plan amendments or other federal approvals, including waivers, are obtained, and federal financial participation is available and not otherwise jeopardized.
SEC. 2.
 The Legislature finds and declares that Section 1 of this act, which amends Section 14124.24 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, imposes a limitation on the public’s right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies within the meaning of Section 3 of Article I of the California Constitution. Pursuant to that constitutional provision, the Legislature makes the following findings to demonstrate the interest protected by this limitation and the need for protecting that interest:
The Legislature finds and declares that in order to protect the rights of Drug Medi-Cal providers during a preliminary criminal investigation, including, but not limited to, due process and privacy rights, the limitations on the public’s right of access imposed by Section 1 of this act are necessary.