On January 31, 2012, Sen. Ellen Roberts and Rep. Ken Summers introduced SB 12-1211 – Concerning Achieving Efficiencies in the Medicaid Long-Term Care Program Through Greater Utilization of Alternative Care Facilities. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.
The bill establishes the 3-year alternative care facilities pilot program designed to increase the utilization of alternative care facilities in the Medicaid program. Alternative care facilities participating in the pilot program will receive a reimbursement for not more than 1000 clients equal to $3000 per client, per month, after considering the client portion of the cost, to provide long-term care services to clients who have been residing in a nursing facility prior to the referral to an alternative care facility. The single entry point agency shall assess the client residing in a nursing facility to determine whether the client will achieve the same or better health outcomes and client satisfaction in the alternative care facility.
On or before September 1, 2013, September 1, 2014, and September 1, 2015, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing shall report to the Joint Budget Committee of the General Assembly and the Health and Human Services Committee of the Senate and the Health and Environment Committee of the House of Representatives concerning the design, implementation, and outcomes of the pilot program on client health outcomes, costs, and client satisfaction. The pilot program is repealed on July 1, 2016. On March 1, the Health and Human Services Committee amended the bill and moved it to the Senate for 2nd Reading.
Since this summary, the Second Reading was laid over daily on March 6.
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