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Technical health policy changes (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Patty Ostberg
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Technical clarifications to policies and appropriations needed by the Human Services Department are included in a new law.

Sponsored by Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) and Sen. Linda Berglin (DFL-Mpls), the law corrects miscellaneous references and updates state provisions to meet federal requirements.

One change includes limiting state payment rates for cesarean births and vaginal deliveries to $3,528 for managed care and county-based purchasing plans beginning Oct. 1, 2009. Another clarifies that a background study must be completed on an individual before they begin performing services with direct contact to seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Under the law, the human services commissioner may develop “centers of excellence” criteria to designate certain providers of care for those on Medicare. The commissioner can then make coverage for certain procedures conditional upon the facility providing the services and meeting certain criteria.

The law has various effective dates.

HF1988*/SF1924/CH173

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