AN ACT ENHANCING THE EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY OF STATE GOVERNMENT BY MODERNIZING THE STATE'S SYSTEM OF HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND BY PROVIDING FLEXIBILITY FOR EXECUTIVE BRANCH REORGANIZATION AND RESTRUCTURING AND TO IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY IN THE COST OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDED BY HOSPITALS AND AMBULATORY SURGICAL FACILITIES; TO TERMINATE SET-OFF DEBT COLLECTION BY CERTAIN STATE AGENCIES PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TO THE PUBLIC; TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO CHARGE FOR PROCEDURES OR COMPONENTS OF PROCEDURES THAT WERE NOT PROVIDED OR SUPPLIED; TO PROVIDE FOR FAIR HEALTH CARE FACILITY BILLING AND COLLECTIONS PRACTICES; AND TO PROVIDE THAT HOSPITALS RECEIVING MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENTS PARTICIPATE IN THE NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE NETWORK.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition:
New Section 4.5 amends GS 126-5(d)(5) to authorize designation of exempt positions that are created, transferred, or located in a reorganized department by October 1st (was July 1st) of the year in which the Governor takes the oath of office.
New Section 4.6 revises the effective date of Part 4 of the bill to June 30, 2013, and makes the repeal of GS 126-5(e) and (f) applicable to state employees hired on or after that date.
Amends the new GS 126-7.1(f1) to change the circumstances under which a reduction in force employee's acceptance or rejection of an offer of state employment terminates the 12-month priority for rehiring to when the offer of state employment is for a position equal to or higher (was, lower) than the position previously held or the previous salary earned.
Amends the new GS 126-34.02(a) by adding that a decision of the State Personnel Commission is subject to review by the Office of Administrative Hearings, and that the reviewing administrative law judge may affirm, reverse, modify, or remand the decision upon a finding that the decision was not supported by any competent evidence or was an abuse of discretion.
Amends the new GS 126-34.02(b)(5) to include failure to give priority consideration for promotion or rehiring as required under GS 126-7.1 (reduction in force).
Amends GS 126-25(b) to require an agency to remove or amend material in an employee's file if the agency determines that material is inaccurate or misleading, but does not permit an employee to appeal the contents of a performance appraisal or written disciplinary action through the grievance procedure established under this subsection.
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