AN ACT TO EXAMINE AND ESTABLISH A NEW ADULT CARE HOME PAYMENT METHODOLOGY; TO AMEND THE LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS ACT; TO UPDATE AND REVISE THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE ACT; TO AMEND THE SOCIAL WORKER CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE ACT; TO AMEND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES' STATUTES PERTAINING TO MEDICAID, SOCIAL SERVICES REFORM, CHILD SUPPORT, VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS, ADOPTIONS, CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, JOINT SECURITY FORCES, SECURITY RECORDINGS, NC REACH PROGRAM, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, AND THE MEDICAL CARE COMMISSION MEMBERSHIP; TO POSTPONE DEPLOYMENT OF NC FAST CASE-MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONALITY FOR CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM/AGING AND ADULT SERVICES' PROGRAM, DEVELOP REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION, AND REQUIRE PROGRAM EVALUATION DIVISION TO STUDY THE ISSUE; TO IMPLEMENT CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECKS FOR CHILD CARE INSTITUTIONS; TO MAKE CHANGES TO INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT; AND TO ESTABLISH THE RURAL HEALTH CARE STABILIZATION PROGRAM.
Includes whereas clauses.
Directs the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to establish and convene a workgroup to evaluate reimbursement options under managed care for adult care homes that takes into account all funding streams and to develop a service definition or definitions under managed care to accomplish the General Assembly's intent to provide stable and reliable funding to adult care homes in order to ensure access, choice, and quality of care. Requires the participation of representatives of the adult care home industry and other relevant stakeholders in the workgroup. Mandates the inclusion of the following components in the development of the service definition: (1) supoprt for alternative payment models, including pay-for-performance initiatives, available under the State's 1115 Medicaid waiver and Medicaid transformation; (2) best practices for long-term services and supports; and (3) efficient payment methodologies.
Requires DHHS to submit a report no later than October 1, 2020, to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committees on Health and Human Services, and Medicaid and NC Health Choice, as well as the Fiscal Research Division regarding the new service definition. Directs DHHS after this submission to submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services any amendments to the NC Medicaid State Plan necessary to implement the new definition.