|Passed by the Senate April 20, 2009|
President of the Senate
Passed by the House April 8, 2009
Speaker of the House of Representatives
I, Thomas Hoemann, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5891 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.
|Approved April 30, 2009, 11:25 a.m.|
Governor of the State of Washington
May 1, 2009
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||61st Legislature||2009 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 02/25/09.
AN ACT Relating to establishing a forum for testing primary care medical home reimbursement pilot projects; adding new sections to chapter 70.54 RCW; creating a new section; and providing an expiration date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 The legislature declares that collaboration
among public payors, private health carriers, third-party purchasers,
and providers to identify appropriate reimbursement methods to align
incentives in support of primary care medical homes is in the best
interest of the public. The legislature therefore intends to exempt
from state antitrust laws, and to provide immunity from federal
antitrust laws through the state action doctrine, for activities
undertaken pursuant to pilots designed and implemented under section 2
of this act that might otherwise be constrained by such laws. The
legislature does not intend and does not authorize any person or entity
to engage in activities or to conspire to engage in activities that
would constitute per se violations of state and federal antitrust laws
including, but not limited to, agreements among competing health care
providers or health carriers as to the price or specific level of
reimbursement for health care services.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 A new section is added to chapter 70.54 RCW
to read as follows:
The health care authority and the department of social and health services shall design, oversee implementation, and evaluate one or more primary care medical home reimbursement pilot projects in the state to include as participants public payors, private health carriers, third-party purchasers, and health care providers. Based on input from participants, the agencies shall:
(1) Determine the number and location of primary care medical home reimbursement pilots;
(2) Determine criteria to select primary care clinics to serve as pilot sites to facilitate testing of medical home reimbursement methods in a variety of primary care settings;
(3) Select pilot sites from those primary care provider clinics that currently employ a number of activities and functions typically associated with medical homes, or from sites that have been selected by the department of health to participate in a medical home collaborative under section 2, chapter 295, Laws of 2008;
(4) Determine one or more reimbursement methods to be tested by the pilots;
(5) Identify pilot performance measures for clinical quality, chronic care management, cost, and patient experience through patient self-reporting; and
(6) Appropriately coordinate during planning and operation of the pilots with the department of health medical home collaboratives and with other private and public efforts to promote adoption of medical homes within the state.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3 A new section is added to chapter 70.54 RCW
to read as follows:
The health care authority and the department of social and health services may select a pilot site that currently employs the following activities and functions associated with medical homes: Provision of preventive care, wellness counseling, primary care, coordination of primary care with specialty and hospital care, and urgent care services; availability of office appointments seven days per week and e-mail and telephone consultation; availability of telephone access for urgent care consultation on a seven-day per week, twenty-four hours per day basis; and use of a primary care provider panel size that promotes the ability of participating providers to appropriately provide the scope of services described in this section. The reimbursement method chosen for this pilot site must include a fixed monthly payment per person participating in the pilot site for the services described in this section. These services would be provided without the submission of claims for payment from any health carrier by the medical home provider. Agreements for payment made directly by a consumer or other entity paying on the consumer's behalf must comply with the provisions applicable to direct patient-provider primary care practices under chapter 48.150 RCW. In addition, the agencies may determine that the pilot should include a high deductible health plan or other health benefit plan designed to wrap around the primary care services offered under this section.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4 This act expires July 1, 2013.