Citations Affected: Noncode.
Synopsis: Informal dispute resolution for nursing homes. Establishes
a voluntary informal dispute resolution pilot program for
comprehensive care health facilities.
Effective: Upon passage.
January 16, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
February 20, 2003, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
February 24, 2003, read second time, ordered engrossed.
February 25, 2003, engrossed. Read third time, passed. Yeas 49, nays 0.
A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning health.
SECTION 1. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] (a) As used in this
SECTION, "health facility" refers to a comprehensive care health
facility licensed under IC 16-28. The term does not include a health
facility that is certified as an intermediate care facility for the
mentally retarded (ICF/MR) under 42 CFR 440.150.
(b) As used in this SECTION "program" refers to the informal dispute resolution program created under subsection (d).
(c) As used in this SECTION, "state department" refers to the state department of health.
(d) The state department shall contract with an independent organization that has experience in conducting informal dispute resolution for a state survey agency to create and operate a voluntary informal dispute resolution pilot program for health facilities. The program must comply with the requirements under 42 CFR 488.331.
(e) A contract entered into under subsection (d) must expire before July 1, 2005, and establish fees to be paid to the independent organization by health facilities that voluntarily use the program.
The fees must cover the full cost of the program, including any
training costs by the independent organization.
(f) Every six (6) months after the effective date of the contract with the independent organization described in subsection (d), the state department and the independent organization shall submit a written report to the select joint commission on Medicaid oversight (IC 2-5-26) that includes information on the effectiveness of the informal dispute resolution program and contains comparative statistics.
(g) This SECTION expires July 1, 2005.
SECTION 2. An emergency is declared for this act.