AN ACT TO CAP REIMBURSEMENT BY COUNTIES, TO MAKE ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO PAYMENT, FOR MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDED TO INMATES IN COUNTY JAILS, TO ALLOW COUNTIES TO UTILIZE MEDICAID FOR ELIGIBLE PRISONERS, TO PROVIDE THAT VACANCIES IN THE OFFICE OF DISTRICT COURT JUDGE SHALL BE FILLED BY APPOINTMENT OF THE GOVERNOR; AND TO CREATE A PRIVATE RIGHT OF ACTION AGAINST NOTARIES WHO VIOLATE THE NOTARY PUBLIC ACT.
Requires counties to reimburse providers and facilities that provide approved medical services to inmates in local confinement facilities the lesser amount of either: (1) 70% of the provider's then current prevailing charge or (2) two times the then current Medicaid rate for any given service. Gives counties the right to audit a provider to determine the actual prevailing charge. Does not apply to vendors providing services that are not billed on a fee-for-service basis. Does not preclude a county from contracting with a provider for services at a rate that provides greater documentable cost avoidance for the county or at rates that are less favorable but ensure continued access to care.
Amends GS 153A-225 to add that a local confinement facility's plan for providing prisoner medical care may use Medicaid coverage for eligible prisoners, as long as the plan includes a reimbursement to the state for the state's portion of the costs.
Effective July 1, 2013.
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