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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 50

(By Senators Jenkins, Snyder, Browning, Palumbo, Wells, Caruth and Sypolt)

[Originating in the Committee on Interstate Cooperation]


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study barriers to entering into reciprocal agreements with border states for the advance of hospice care services to the terminally ill.

Whereas, Hospice is a comprehensive service providing health care to terminally ill patients and their families; and
Whereas, Hospices are licensed in this state and certified by Medicare and Medicaid to provide hospice services in this state; and
Whereas, Hospices in this state are in close proximity to five border states; and
Whereas, The extension of hospice services to contiguous states is appropriate in most circumstances, especially in areas where community services, such as hospitals, public transportation and personnel, are shared on both sides of the border; and
Whereas, Hospices in this state have been serving residents in contiguous states for over 20 years; and
Whereas, The Office of Health Facility Certification and Licensure in this state is responsible for hospice licensure and certification; and
Whereas, The State Operations Manual for Medicare Hospice Services provides, when offering services across borders, for the certification of hospices in the state in which their provider numbers are based and the qualification of their personnel in all states in which their services are provided; and
Whereas, The State Operations Manual for Medicare Hospice Services provides that the involved states should have reciprocal agreements to allow for cross-border services; and
Whereas, The Office of Health Facility Certification and Licensure has recently determined through the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that hospice providers are precluded from providing services to contiguous states without reciprocal agreements, unless they are separately certified in both states; and
Whereas, West Virginia does not have reciprocal agreements with other states to provide hospice services, but the general welfare of terminally ill patients and business would be enhanced with such agreements; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study barriers to entering into reciprocal agreements with border states for the advance of hospice care services to the terminally ill; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study opportunities to allow hospice providers to serve patients in contiguous states without requiring separate Medicare provider numbers; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance
report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations ; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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