SECTION 1: Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services shall pursuant to General Laws Chapter 118E, Sections 13C-13D, as amended by Section 123 of Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, complete a review of MassHealth payment rates for Adult Foster Care services by September 1, 2013. The Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services shall promulgate regulations, effective January 1, 2014, on increasing said rates by 8% above the rates in effect since 2008.
In conducting said review, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services shall consider, consistent with Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012: (i) innovative program features that lower the growth of long-term care and health care costs; (ii) opportunities for incorporating alternative payment methodologies that will promote caregiver recruitment and retention and foster improved consumer access and health outcomes; (iii) the lack of a timely and comprehensive rate review for Adult Foster Care services since 2008.
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