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AB-1124 Health care service plans: regulations: exemptions.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 1343.3 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1343.3.
 (a) The director, no later than _____, may authorize one pilot program in northern California, and one pilot program in southern California, whereby providers approved by the department may undertake risk-bearing arrangements with a voluntary employees’ beneficiary association, as defined in Section 501(c)(9) of Title 26 of the United States Code or in Section 1349.2, notwithstanding paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 1349.2, with enrollment of greater than 100,000 lives, or a trust fund that is a welfare plan, as defined in Section 1002(1) of Title 29 of the United States Code, and a multiemployer plan, as defined in Section 1002(37) of Title 29 of the United States Code, with enrollment of greater than 25,000 lives, for the period of _____, to _____, inclusive, if all of the following criteria are met:
(1) The purpose of the pilot program is to demonstrate the control of costs for health care services and the improvement of health outcomes and quality of service when compared against a sole fee-for-service provider reimbursement model.
(2) The voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund has entered into a contract with one or more health care providers under which each provider agrees to accept risk-based or global risk payment from the voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund. A participating provider shall not accept an amount of financial risk greater than 10 percent of its existing contracted risk-based business.
(3) Each risk-bearing provider is registered as a risk-bearing organization pursuant to Section 1375.4 and applicable department regulations if the provider accepts professional capitation and is delegated the responsibility for the processing and payment of claims.
(4) Each global risk-bearing provider holds or will obtain in conjunction with the pilot program application a limited or restricted license pursuant to Section 1349 or 1351, or Section 1300.49 of Title 28 of the California Code of Regulations.
(5) Each risk-bearing provider continues to comply with applicable financial solvency standards and audit requirements under this chapter, including, but not limited to, financial reporting on a quarterly basis, during the term of the pilot program.
(6) The voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund shall be responsible for providing all of the following:
(A) Basic health care services.
(B) Prescription drug benefits.
(C) Continuity of care.
(D) Standards for network adequacy and timely access to care, including, but not limited to, access to specialty care.
(E) Language assistance programs.
(F) A process for filing and resolving consumer grievances and appeals, including, but not limited to, independent medical review.
(G) Prohibitions against deceptive marketing.
(H) Member documents that include a description of the benefit coverage, any applicable copays, how to access services, and how to submit a grievance.
(I) Mechanisms for resolving provider disputes.
(7) The contract between the voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund and each health care provider shall include all of the following:
(A) Provisions dividing financial responsibility between the parties and defining which party is financially responsible for services rendered, including arrangements for member care should a global or risk-bearing provider become insolvent.
(B) A delegation agreement.
(C) Requirements regarding utilization review or utilization management.
(D) Assurances that the risk-based organization, limited licensee, or restricted licensee, as applicable, has the organizational and administrative capacity to provide services to covered employees, and that medical decisions are rendered by qualified medical providers, unhindered by fiscal and administrative management, including the disclosure of the percentage of risk assumed in relation to its total risk-based business.
(E) Requirements regarding the submission of claims by providers and the timely processing of provider claims, including a guarantee that the voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund will indemnify any outstanding unpaid provider claim in the event of the insolvency of a participating provider to the pilot.
(F) Require the health care provider to comply with the voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund’s requirements for all of the following:
(i) Continuity of care.
(ii) Language assistance.
(iii) Consumer grievances and appeals, including, but not limited to, independent medical review.
(8) The term of each contract between the voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund and a health care provider does not exceed the period of the pilot program.
(9) Each health care provider that has entered into a contract with the voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund is a party to the pilot program application submitted to the department. The application shall include a copy of each contract between the voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund and a participating health care provider.
(10) (A) The voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund and each health care provider participating in the pilot program agree to collect and report to the department and the Office of Healthcare Affordability, in each year of the pilot program, in a manner and frequency determined by the department, information regarding the comparative cost savings when compared to fee-for-service payment, performance measurements for clinical patient outcomes, and any other information required by the department.
(B) The department may authorize a public or private agency to receive the information specified in this paragraph and monitor the pilot project under the data standard currently used by the Integrated Healthcare Association’s “Align. Measure. Perform.” (AMP) program and the California Regional Health Care Cost & Quality Atlas.
(b) This section does not exempt a health care provider that contracts with a voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund as part of a pilot program authorized by subdivision (a) from the financial solvency requirements of Section 1375.4 and related department regulations, Section 1349 or 1351, or Section 1300.49 of Title 28 of the California Code of Regulations, as applicable, or any other provision of this chapter required by the department as part of the pilot program.
(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (3) of subdivision (a), this section does not exempt a voluntary employees’ beneficiary association participating in a pilot program authorized by subdivision (a) of Section 1349.2.
(d) The participating voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund shall each appoint an ombudsperson to monitor and respond to any complaint lodged by a participating enrollee in their respective pilot programs.
(e) The participating voluntary employees’ beneficiary association or trust fund shall report on a quarterly basis to the department any complaint lodged by a participating enrollee in their respective pilot programs, along with a description of the response and resolution.
(f) The global and risk-bearing providers participating in a pilot program authorized by subdivision (a) shall be approved by the department.
(g) The department or the Office of Healthcare Affordability, after the termination of both pilot programs, and before _____, shall submit a report to the Legislature regarding the costs and clinical patient outcomes of the pilot programs compared to fee-for-service payment models. This report shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(h) The pilot participants shall reimburse the department for reasonable regulatory costs of up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for all of the following:
(1) Commissioning the report described in subdivision (g).
(2) Developing an application process for the pilot programs described in this section.
(3) Monitoring compliance with this section.
(i) This section shall remain in effect only until _____, and as of that date is repealed.
SEC. 2.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to provide the Department of Managed Health Care the authority to review and approve the proposed pilot programs in time to meet the 2020 open enrollment schedule for implementation on January 1, 2021, at the earliest possible date, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.