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AB-2118 Medi-Cal: ground emergency medical transportation services.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/08/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2118


Introduced by Assembly Member Cooley

February 08, 2018


An act to amend Section 14105.94 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2118, as introduced, Cooley. Medi-Cal: ground emergency medical transportation services.
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. Existing law authorizes certain ground emergency medical transportation providers to receive supplemental Medi-Cal reimbursement in addition to the rate of payment the provider would otherwise receive for those services. Existing law requires the department to develop a modified supplemental reimbursement program, with necessary federal approvals, that would seek to increase the reimbursement to certain ground emergency medical transportation providers, as specified. Existing law states the Legislature’s intent in enacting these provisions to provide the supplemental reimbursement without any expenditure from the General Fund.
This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to the statement of the Legislature’s intent.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 14105.94 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

14105.94.
 (a) An eligible provider, as described in subdivision (b), may, in addition to the rate of payment that the provider would otherwise receive for Medi-Cal ground emergency medical transportation services, receive supplemental Medi-Cal reimbursement to the extent provided in this section.
(b) A provider shall be eligible for supplemental reimbursement only if the provider has all of the following characteristics continuously during a state fiscal year:
(1) Provides ground emergency medical transportation services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
(2) Is a provider that is enrolled as a Medi-Cal provider for the period being claimed.
(3) Is owned or operated by the state, a city, county, city and county, fire protection district organized pursuant to Part 2.7 (commencing with Section 13800) of Division 12 of the Health and Safety Code, special district organized pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 58000) of Division 1 of Title 6 of the Government Code, community services district organized pursuant to Part 1 (commencing with Section 61000) of Division 3 of Title 6 of the Government Code, health care district organized pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 32000) of Division 23 of the Health and Safety Code, or a federally recognized Indian tribe.
(c) An eligible provider’s supplemental reimbursement pursuant to this section shall be calculated and paid as follows:
(1) The supplemental reimbursement to an eligible provider, as described in subdivision (b), shall be equal to the amount of federal financial participation received as a result of the claims submitted pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (f).
(2) In no instance shall the amount certified pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (e), when combined with the amount received from all other sources of reimbursement from the Medi-Cal program, exceed 100 percent of actual costs, as determined pursuant to the Medi-Cal State Plan, for ground emergency medical transportation services.
(3) The supplemental Medi-Cal reimbursement provided by this section shall be distributed exclusively to eligible providers under a payment methodology based on ground emergency medical transportation services provided to Medi-Cal beneficiaries by eligible providers on a per-transport basis or other federally permissible basis. The department shall obtain approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the payment methodology to be utilized, and may not make any payment pursuant to this section prior to obtaining that approval.
(d) (1) It is the Legislature’s intent of the Legislature in enacting this section to provide the supplemental reimbursement described in this section without any expenditure from the General Fund. An eligible provider, as a condition of receiving supplemental reimbursement pursuant to this section, shall enter into, and maintain, an agreement with the department for the purposes of implementing this section and reimbursing the department for the costs of administering this section.
(2) The nonfederal share of the supplemental reimbursement submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for purposes of claiming federal financial participation shall be paid only with funds from the governmental entities described in paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) and certified to the state as provided in subdivision (e).
(e) Participation in the program by an eligible provider described in this section is voluntary. If an applicable governmental entity elects to seek supplemental reimbursement pursuant to this section on behalf of an eligible provider owned or operated by the entity, as described in paragraph (3) of subdivision (b), the governmental entity shall do all of the following:
(1) Certify, in conformity with the requirements of Section 433.51 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, that the claimed expenditures for the ground emergency medical transportation services are eligible for federal financial participation.
(2) Provide evidence supporting the certification as specified by the department.
(3) Submit data as specified by the department to determine the appropriate amounts to claim as expenditures qualifying for federal financial participation.
(4) Keep, maintain, and have readily retrievable, any records specified by the department to fully disclose reimbursement amounts to which the eligible provider is entitled, and any other records required by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
(f) (1) The department shall promptly seek any necessary federal approvals for the implementation of this section. The department may limit the program to those costs that are allowable expenditures under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.). If federal approval is not obtained for implementation of this section, this section shall not be implemented.
(2) The department shall submit claims for federal financial participation for the expenditures for the services described in subdivision (e) that are allowable expenditures under federal law.
(3) The department shall, on an annual basis, submit any necessary materials to the federal government to provide assurances that claims for federal financial participation will include only those expenditures that are allowable under federal law.
(g) (1) If either a final judicial determination is made by any court of appellate jurisdiction or a final determination is made by the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the supplemental reimbursement provided for in this section must be made to any provider not described in this section, the director shall execute a declaration stating that the determination has been made and on that date this section shall become inoperative.
(2) The declaration executed pursuant to this subdivision shall be retained by the director, provided to the fiscal and appropriate policy committees of the Legislature, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Senate, the Chief Clerk of the Assembly, and the Legislative Counsel, and posted on the department’s Internet Web site.
(h) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department may implement and administer this section by means of provider bulletins, or similar instructions, without taking regulatory action.
(i) (1) Upon the effective date of the act that added this subdivision, the department shall develop, in consultation with the providers described in subdivision (b), and seek any necessary federal approvals for, a modified program for the supplemental reimbursement authorized by this section that will seek to provide increased reimbursement to an eligible provider that participates in the program. The nonfederal share of any supplemental reimbursement provided under the modified program shall be derived from voluntary intergovernmental transfers of local funds. The department shall otherwise develop the modified program consistent with the requirements of this section, except for paragraph (2) of subdivision (c), and only to the extent that federal financial participation is available.
(2) The department shall be reimbursed for costs associated with administering the modified program described in paragraph (1) in accordance with subdivision (d). The department shall not otherwise assess a percentage fee in connection with any intergovernmental transfer of funds made pursuant to this subdivision.
(3) The department shall not implement the modified program described in paragraph (1) until it obtains all necessary federal approvals. Until those federal approvals are obtained, supplemental reimbursement shall continue to be available pursuant to the provisions of this section that were operative prior to the effective date of the act that added this subdivision.
(j) The department shall not implement the modified program described in paragraph (1) of subdivision (i) unless it determines that the modified program will likely result in an overall increase to the supplemental reimbursement available pursuant to the provisions of this section that were operative prior to the effective date of the act that added this subdivision.