Honorable Jane Nelson, Chair, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
John S. O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB2540 by Isett, Carl (Relating to implementing a pilot project to simplify, streamline, and reduce costs associated with the Medicaid cost reporting and auditing process for certain providers.), As Engrossed
The bill would amend the Government Code to require the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to develop and implement a pilot project to streamline and reduce the cost associated with the cost reporting and auditing process for private Intermediate Care Facilities for persons with Mental Retardation (ICF-MR) and home and community-based services providers. The commission would be required to submit a report by September 1, 2012 to the Legislature evaluating the pilot and making recommendations.
The bill requires a work group to assist in developing the new cost report forms, monitoring and reporting. It would allow affected providers to submit cost reports every other year. It requires the executive commissioner of HHSC to revise rules regarding the reimbursement of providers to implement the pilot project. The bill would allow a state agency to request a waiver before complying with these provisions.
It is assumed that HHSC could implement the provisions of the bill using existing resources. HHSC states that the waiver process may delay implementing the proposed changes.
The bill would take effect September 1, 2007.
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