SECTION 1. Subsection (c) of said section 15 of said chapter 6D, as amended by section 5 of chapter 208 of the acts of 2018, is hereby amended by striking out paragraph (16) and inserting in place thereof the following 2 paragraphs:-
(16) to demonstrate evidence-based care delivery programs, which may include community care transitions coaching programs led by community-based, nonprofit entities designed to reduce: (i) 30-day readmission rates; (ii) avoidable emergency department use, including extended emergency department boarding; provided however, that a mobile integrated health care program certified pursuant to chapter 111O shall satisfy this requirement for the purposes of the commission; and
(17) any other goals that the commission considers necessary.
SECTION 2. Chapter 29 is hereby amended by inserting after section 2BBBBB the following section:-
Section 2CCCCC. There shall be a Mobile Integrated Health Care Trust Fund. The commissioner of public health shall administer the fund and may make expenditures from the fund to support the administration and oversight of programs certified under chapter 111O.
The fund shall consist of: (i) revenue generated from fees, fines and penalties imposed under chapter 111O; (ii) revenue from appropriations or other money authorized by the general court and specifically designated to be credited to the fund; and (iii) funds from public or private sources for mobile integrated health care including, but not limited to, gifts, grants, donations, rebates and settlements received by the commonwealth that are specifically designated to be credited to the fund. The department of public health may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts in anticipation of expected receipts; provided however, that an expenditure shall not be made from the fund that shall cause the fund to be deficient at the close of a fiscal year. Amounts credited to the fund shall not be subject to further appropriation and money remaining in the fund at the close of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund and shall be available for expenditure in the following fiscal year.
The commissioner shall report annually, not later than October 1, to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing on the fund's activity. The report shall include, but not be limited to, revenue received by the fund, revenue and expenditure projections for the next fiscal year and details of the expenditures by the fund.
SECTION 3. Section 1 of chapter 111O of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “Mobile integrated health care” the following definition:-
“Mobile integrated health care provider” or “MIH provider”, a licensed health care professional delivering medical care and services to patients in an out-of-hospital environment in coordination with health care facilities or other health care providers; provided, however, that medical care and services shall include, but shall not be limited to, community paramedic provider services, chronic disease management, behavioral health, preventative care, post-discharge follow-up visits or transport or referral to facilities other than hospital emergency departments; provided further, that medical care and services shall be delivered under a mobile integrated health care program approved by the department using mobile health care resources.
SECTION 4. Section 2 of said chapter 111O, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following 2 subsections:-
(c) The department shall issue guidance, in consultation with the advisory council, on best practices for structuring mobile integrated health care programs to obtain reimbursement for the care and services delivered to patients who are covered by public or private payers.
(d) Annually, not later than March 1, the department shall report the data collected from MIH programs pursuant to subsection (b). The report shall include, but not be limited to, an analysis of the impact of MIH programs on: (i) 30-day readmission rates; (ii) siting of post-acute care treatment; (iii) incidence of emergency department presentment for behavioral health conditions; (iv) incidence of emergency department presentment for chronic conditions; and (v) the variance in each of the preceding metrics within and between Medicaid claims and commercial claims, respectively. The department may consult with the center for health information and analysis in developing the report. The report shall be made publicly available and easily searchable on the department’s website.
SECTION 5. Said chapter 111O is hereby further amended by adding the following section:-
Section 5. (a) The department shall by regulation establish application fees that shall include, but not limited to, an initial application surcharge in addition to a general application or renewal fee, and a timeline for reviewing applications for mobile integrated health care or community EMS programs.
(b) Application fees and surcharges collected pursuant to this chapter shall be deposited into the Mobile Integrated Health Care Trust Fund established in section 2CCCCC of chapter 29.
(c) The department shall prioritize the review and processing of mobile integrated health care program applicants that have been approved as MassHealth accountable care organizations or that have targeted patient populations served by MassHealth accountable care organizations.
SECTION 6. Notwithstanding any general or special rule to the contrary, the treasurer shall transfer a total of $900,000 from the Board of Registration in Medicine Trust Fund established in section 35M of chapter 10 of the General Laws to the Mobile Integrated Health Care Trust Fund established in section 2CCCCC of chapter 29 of the General Laws.
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