(1) Any class of welfare assistance to which the applicant or recipient is not entitled; or
(2) Any class of welfare assistance in excess of that to which the applicant or recipient is justly entitled; shall upon conviction be punished as follows:
(a) If the aggregate value of all funds or other benefits obtained or attempted to be obtained shall be five hundred dollars or less, the person so convicted shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or confined in jail not exceeding one year; or
(b) If the aggregate value of all funds or other benefits obtained or attempted to be obtained shall exceed five hundred dollars, the person so convicted shall be guilty of a felony and shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars or confined in the penitentiary not less than one year nor more than five years.
It shall be unlawful, for commercial or political purposes of any nature, for any person or persons, body, association, firm, corporation or other agency to solicit, disclose, receive, make use of, or to authorize, knowingly permit, participate in, or acquiesce in the use of, any lists of names of, or any information concerning, persons applying for or receiving any class of welfare assistance, directly or indirectly derived from the records, papers, files, or communications of the department of welfare or acquired in the course of performance of official duties. The violation of this provision is a misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction, by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
For the protection of applicants and recipients of welfare assistance, the department shall be required to establish reasonable rules and regulations governing the custody, use and preservation of the records, papers, files and communications of the department.
(a) When the Investigations and Fraud Management Division of the Office of the Inspector General, which is charged with investigating welfare fraud and intra-agency employee misconduct, has credible information that indicates a person has engaged in an act or activity related to Department of Health and Human Resources programs, benefits or intra-agency employee misconduct which is subject to prosecution, it may conduct an investigation to determine if the act has been committed. To the extent necessary to the investigation, the secretary or an employee of the Office of the Inspector General designated by the secretary may administer oaths or affirmations and issue subpoenas for witnesses and documents relevant to the investigation, including information concerning the existence, description, nature, custody, condition and location of any book, record, documents or other tangible thing and the identity and location of persons having knowledge of relevant facts or any matter reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence.
When the Investigations and Fraud Management Division has probable cause to believe that a person has engaged in an act or activity which is subject to prosecution relating to Department of Health and Human Resources programs, benefits or intra-agency employee misconduct, the secretary or an employee of the Office of the Inspector General designated by the secretary may request search warrants and present and swear or affirm criminal complaints.
(b) If documents necessary to an investigation of the Investigations and Fraud Management Division appear to be located outside the state, the documents shall be made available by the person or entity within the jurisdiction of the state having control over such documents either at a convenient location within the state or, upon payment of necessary expenses to the division for transportation and inspection, at the place outside the state where these documents are maintained.
(c) Upon failure of a person to comply with a subpoena or a subpoena for the production of evidence or failure of a person to give testimony without lawful excuse and upon reasonable notice to all persons affected thereby, the Investigations and Fraud Management Division may apply to the circuit court of the county in which compliance is sought for appropriate orders to compel obedience with the provisions of this section.
(d) The Investigations and Fraud Management Division may not make public the name or identity of a person whose acts or conduct is investigated pursuant to this section or the facts disclosed in an investigation except as the same may be used in any legal action or enforcement proceeding brought pursuant to this code or federal law.
(1) The children.
(2) The father.
(3) The brothers and sisters.
(4) The mother.
The commissioner may proceed by motion in the circuit court of the county in which the indigent person may be, against one or more of the relatives liable.
If a relative so liable does not reside in this state and has no estate or debts due him within the state by means of which the liability can be enforced against him, the other relatives shall be liable as provided by this section, but a relative shall not be compelled to receive the indigent person in his own home.
If it appears that a relative liable for the support of an indigent person is unable wholly to support him, but is able to contribute toward his support, the court may assess upon the relative the proportion which he shall be required to contribute either to the past expense incurred by the department of welfare or to the future support. The court may assess the residue upon the relatives in the order of their liability.
Payment with interest and costs may be enforced by execution.
County courts may contribute in-kind services or money into a special fund of the state department of welfare to expand the general welfare programs for citizens of its county. No part of this fund shall revert to the general revenue of the state.
(a) Definitions.- As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
(1) "Bureau" means the Bureau for Medical Services.
(2) "Department" means the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, or its contracted designee.
(3) "Recipient" means a person who applies for and receives assistance under the Medicaid Program.
(4) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources.
(5) "Third-party" means an individual or entity that is alleged to be liable to pay all or part of the costs of a recipient's medical treatment and medical-related services for personal injury, disease, illness or disability, as well as any entity including, but not limited to, a business organization, health service organization, insurer, or public or private agency acting by or on behalf of the allegedly liable third-party.
(b) Assignment of rights.-
(1)Submission of an application to the department for medical assistance is, as a matter of law, an assignment of the right of the applicant or his or her legal representative to recover from third parties past medical expenses paid for by the Medicaid program.
(2) At the time an application for medical assistance is made, the department shall include a statement along with the application that explains that the applicant has assigned all of his or her rights as provided in this section and the legal implications of making this assignment.
(3) This assignment of rights does not extend to Medicare benefits.
(4) This section does not prevent the recipient or his or her legal representative from maintaining an action for injuries or damages sustained by the recipient against any third-party and from including, as part of the compensatory damages sought to be recovered, the amounts of his or her past medical expenses.
(5) The department shall be legally subrogated to the rights of the recipient against the third party.
(6) The department shall have a priority right to be paid first out of any payments made to the recipient for past medical expenses before the recipient can recover any of his or her own costs for medical care.
(7) A recipient is considered to have authorized all third-parties to release to the department information needed by the department to secure or enforce its rights as assignee under this chapter.
(c) Notice requirement for claims and civil actions.-
(1) A recipient's legal representative shall provide notice to the department within 60 days of asserting a claim against a third party. If the claim is asserted in a formal civil action, the recipient's legal representative shall notify the department within 60 days of service of the complaint and summons upon the third party by causing a copy of the summons and a copy of the complaint to be served on the department as though it were named a party defendant.
(2) If the recipient has no legal representative and the third party knows or reasonably should know that a recipient has no representation then the third party shall provide notice to the department within sixty days of receipt of a claim or within thirty days of receipt of information or documentation reflecting the recipient is receiving Medicaid benefits, whichever is later in time.
(3) In any civil action implicated by this section, the department may file a notice of appearance and shall thereafter have the right to file and receive pleadings, intervene and take other action permitted by law.
(4) The department shall provide the recipient and the third party, if the recipient is without legal representation, notice of the amount of the purported subrogation lien within thirty days of receipt of notice of the claim. The department shall provide related supplements in a timely manner, but no later than fifteen days after receipt of a request for same.
(d) Notice of settlement requirement.-
(1) A recipient or his or her representative shall notify the department of a settlement with a third-party and retain in escrow an amount equal to the amount of the subrogation lien asserted by the department. The notification shall include the amount of the settlement being allocated for past medical expenses paid for by the Medicaid program. Within 30 days of the receipt of any such notice, the department shall notify the recipient of its consent or rejection of the proposed allocation. If the department consents, the recipient or his or her legal representation shall issue payment out of the settlement proceeds in a manner directed by the secretary or his or her designee within 30 days of consent to the proposed allocation.
(2) If the total amount of the settlement is less than the department's subrogation lien, then the settling parties shall obtain the department's consent to the settlement before finalizing the settlement. The department shall advise the parties within 30 days and provide a detailed itemization of all past medical expenses paid by the department on behalf of the recipient for which the department seeks reimbursement out of the settlement proceeds.
(3) If the department rejects the proposed allocation, the department shall seek a judicial determination within 30 days and provide a detailed itemization of all past medical expenses paid by the department on behalf of the recipient for which the department seeks reimbursement out of the settlement proceeds.
(A) If judicial determination becomes necessary, the trial court is required to hold an evidentiary hearing. The recipient and the department shall be provided ample notice of the same and be given just opportunity to present the necessary evidence, including fact witness and expert witness testimony, to establish the amount to which the department is entitled to be reimbursed pursuant to this section.
(B) The department shall have the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that the allocation agreed to by the parties was improper. For purposes of appeal, the trial court's decision should be set forth in a detailed order containing the requisite findings of fact and conclusions of law to support its rulings.
(4) Any settlement by a recipient with one or more third-parties which would otherwise fully resolve the recipient's claim for an amount collectively not to exceed $20,000 shall be exempt from the provisions of this section.
(5) Nothing herein prevents a recipient from seeking judicial intervention to resolve any dispute as to allocation prior to effectuating a settlement with a third party.
(e) Department failure to respond to notice of settlement.- If the department fails to appropriately respond to a notification of settlement, the amount to which the department is entitled to be paid from the settlement shall be limited to the amount of the settlement the recipient has allocated toward past medical expenses.
(f) Penalty for failure to notify the department.- A legal representative acting on behalf of a recipient or third party that fails to comply with the provisions of this section is liable to the department for all reimbursement amounts the department would otherwise have been entitled to collect pursuant to this section but for the failure to comply. Under no circumstances may a pro se recipient be penalized for failing to comply with the provisions of this section.
(g) Miscellaneous provisions relating to trial.-
(1) Where an action implicated by this section is tried by a jury, the jury may not be informed at any time as to the subrogation lien of the department.
(2) Where an action implicated by this section is tried by judge or jury, the trial judge shall, or in the instance of a jury trial, require that the jury, identify precisely the amount of the verdict awarded that represents past medical expenses.
(3) Upon the entry of judgment on the verdict, the court shall direct that upon satisfaction of the judgment any damages awarded for past medical expenses be withheld and paid directly to the department, not to exceed the amount of past medical expenses paid by the department on behalf of the recipient.
(h) Attorneys' fees.- Irrespective of whether an action or claim is terminated by judgment or settlement without trial, from the amount required to be paid to the department there shall be deducted the reasonable costs and attorneys' fees attributable to the amount in accordance with and in proportion to the fee arrangement made between the recipient and his or her attorney of record so that the department shall bear the pro-rata share of the reasonable costs and attorneys' fees: Provided, That if there is no recovery, the department shall under no circumstances be liable for any costs or attorneys' fees expended in the matter.
(i) Class actions and multiple plaintiff actions not authorized.- Nothing in this article shall authorize the department to institute a class action or multiple plaintiff action against any manufacturer, distributor or vendor of any product to recover medical care expenditures paid for by the Medicaid program.
If either the medical assistance recipient or the department of health and human resources brings an action or claim against a third person, the recipient, his attorney or such department shall, within thirty days of filing the action, give to the other written notice of the action or claim by certified mail. This notice shall contain the name of the third person and the court in which the action is brought. If the department of health and human resources institutes said action, the notice shall advise the recipient of their right to bring such action in their own name, in which they may include as a part of their claim the sums claimed by such department. Proof of such notice shall be filed in said action subject to the notice and intent procedure as outlined in section eleven of this article. If an action or claim is brought by either the recipient or the department of health and human resources, the other may, at any time before trial, become a party to the action, or shall consolidate his action or claim with the other if brought independently: Provided, That this consolidation or entry as a party does not delay the proceedings.
(b) As a condition of doing business in the state, health insurers, including self-insured plans, group health plans as defined in §6074(a) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, service benefit plans, third-party administrators, managed care organizations, pharmacy benefit managers or other parties that are by statute, contract or agreement, legally responsible for payment of a claim for a health care item or service are required to comply with the following:
(1) Upon the request of the Bureau for Medical Services, or its contractor, provide information to determine the period that the service recipients, their spouse or dependents may be or may have been covered by the health insurer, including the nature of the coverage that is or was provided by the health insurer, the name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, group number, identifying number of the plan, and effective and termination dates. The information shall be provided in a format suitable for electronic data matches, conducted under the direction of the Department of Health and Human Resources, no less than monthly or as prescribed by the secretary. The health insurer must respond within sixty working days after receipt of a written request for enrollment data from the department or its contractor;
(2) Accept the right of the Bureau for Medical Services of recovery and the assignment to the state of any right of an individual or other entity to payment from the party for an item or service for which payment has been made by the Bureau for Medical Services;
(3) Respond to any inquiry by the Bureau for Medical Services regarding a claim for payment for any health care item or service that is submitted not later than three years after the date of the provision of the health care item or service; and
(4) Accept a claim submitted by the Bureau for Medical Services regardless of the date of submission of the claim, the type or format of the claim form, lack of preauthorization or the failure to present proper documentation at the point-of-sale that is the basis of the claim: Provided, That the claim is submitted by the Bureau for Medical Services within the three-year period beginning on the date on which the item or service was furnished and any action by the Bureau for Medical Services to enforce its right with respect to the claim is commenced within six years of the Bureau for Medical Services' submission of the claim.
(b) The department may recover pursuant to subsection (a) only after the death of the individual's surviving spouse, if any and only after such time as the individual has no surviving children under the age of twenty-one, or when the individual has no surviving children who meet the Social Security Act's definition of blindness or permanent and total disability.
(c) The state shall have the right to place a lien upon the property of individuals who are inpatients in a nursing facility, intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or other medical institution who, after notice and an opportunity for a hearing, the state has deemed to be permanently institutionalized. This lien shall be in an amount equal to Medicaid expenditures for services provided by a nursing facility, intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or other medical institution, and shall be rendered against the proceeds of the sale of property except for a minimal amount reserved for the individual's personal needs. Any such lien dissolves upon that individual's discharge from the medical institution. The secretary has authority to compromise or otherwise reduce the amount of this lien in cases where enforcement would create a hardship.
(d) No lien may be imposed on such individual's home when the home is the lawful residence of: (1) The spouse of the individual; (2) the individual's child who is under the age of twenty-one; (3) the individual's child meets the Social Security Act's definition of blindness or permanent and total disability; or (4) the individual's sibling has an equity interest in the home and was residing in the home for a period of at least one year immediately before the date of the individual's admission to a medical institution.
(e) The filing of a claim, pursuant to this section, neither reduces or diminishes the general claims of the Department of Health and Human Resources, except that the department may not receive double recovery for the same expenditure. The death of the recipient neither extinguishes or diminishes any right of the department to recover. Nothing in this section affects or prevents a proceeding to enforce a lien pursuant to this section or a proceeding to set aside a fraudulent conveyance.
(f) Any claim or lien imposed pursuant to this section is effective for the full amount of medical assistance provided by Medicaid for nursing facility services, home and community-based services, and related hospital and prescription drug services. The lien attaches and is perfected automatically as of the beginning date of medical assistance, the date when a recipient first receives treatment for which the Department of Health and Human Resources may be obligated to provide medical assistance. A claim may be waived by the department, if the department determines, pursuant to applicable federal law and rules and regulations, that the claim will cause substantial hardship to the surviving dependents of the deceased.
(g) Upon the effective date of this section, the Attorney General, on behalf of the State of West Virginia, shall commence an action in a court of competent jurisdiction to test the validity, constitutionality, and the ability of the Congress of the United States to mandate the implementation of this section. This subsection does not limit the right of others, including recipients, to intervene in any litigation, nor does it limit the discretion of the Attorney General or appropriate counsel to seek affected persons to act as parties to the litigation, either individually or as a class.
The Legislature further recognizes that public and private insurance mechanisms remain inadequate, and poor women and children are among the most likely to be without insurance. Generally, low-income, uninsured children receive half as much health care as their insured counterparts. The state is now investing millions to care for sick infants whose deaths and disabilities could have been avoided.
It is the intent of the Legislature that the department of human services participate in the medicaid program for indigent children and pregnant women established by Congress under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Public Law 99-272, the Sixth Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (SOBRA), Public Law 99-504, and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA), Public Law 100-203.
(b) The department of human services shall:
(1) Extend the medicaid coverage to pregnant women and their newborn infants to one hundred fifty percent of the federal poverty level, effective the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight.
(2) As provided under COBRA, SOBRA, and OBRA, effective the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight, infants shall be included under the medicaid coverage with all children eligible for medicaid coverage born on or after the first day of October, one thousand nine hundred eighty-three, whose family incomes are at or below one hundred percent of the federal poverty level and continuing until such children reach the age of eight years.
(3) Elect the federal options provided under COBRA, SOBRA, and OBRA, impacting pregnant women and children below the poverty level: Provided, however, That no provision in this article shall restrict the department of human services in exercising new options provided by or to be in compliance with new federal legislation that further expands eligibility for children and pregnant women.
(4) Enter into an inter-agency agreement with the department of health whereby the department of health shall be responsible for the implementation and program design for a maternal and infant health care system to reduce infant mortality in West Virginia. The health system design shall include quality assurance measures, case management and patient outreach activities. The department of human services shall assume responsibility for claims processing in accordance with established fee schedules, and financial aspects of the program necessary to receive available federal dollars and to meet federal rules and regulations.
(5) The department of health shall transfer to the department of human services through inter-agency agreement such state funds as are necessary to implement this program to the department of human services medical services account; and the department of human services shall, through inter-program transfer, provide such state funds as are necessary to implement this program.
(6) Beginning the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight, the state department of human services shall increase to no less than six hundred dollars the reimbursement rates under the medicaid program for prenatal care, delivery and post-partum care.
(c) In order to be in compliance with the provisions of OBRA, through rules and regulations the department shall ensure that pregnant women and children whose incomes are above the Aid to Families and Dependent Children (AFDC) payment level are not required to apply for entitlements under the AFDC program as a condition of eligibility for medicaid coverage. Further, the department shall develop a short, simplified pregnancy/pediatric application of no more than three pages, paralleling the simplified OBRA standards.
(d) Any woman who establishes eligibility under this section shall continue to be treated as an eligible individual without regard to any change in income of the family of which she is a member until the end of the sixty day period beginning on the last day of her pregnancy.
(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to give the department of health any jurisdiction over the medicaid program or its operations.
(b) The department of human services shall develop and implement during the fiscal year beginning the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-seven, a pilot program testing the feasibility of treating, with respect to the continuation of benefits until self sufficiency is achieved and public assistance is no longer required, the efforts of AFDC recipients to become self-employed in a similar manner as efforts are treated under other existing department programs to seek other employment or training. The pilot program shall consist of up to twenty participants in no more than five counties.
(c) Eligibility for the pilot program shall consist of current AFDC recipients selected through a voluntary, informed consent process and withdrawal from the program shall not lead to automatic loss of benefits, except that eligibility may be redetermined.
(d) During the start-up period of self-employment, which shall in no instance exceed two years, the participant shall continue receiving public assistance benefits at the level at which she or he was receiving them at the time of entry into the pilot program.
(e) A participant shall be permitted to separate business assets from personal assets during start-up activity.
(f) The department shall establish guidelines by which the AFDC recipient's business assets shall be evaluated during the start-up period as an indication that the business enterprise is providing personal income sufficient to replace to public assistance benefits and other noncash benefits which may be affected by the personal income ceiling. When the assets of the business enterprise reach that level determined to be sufficient, the AFDC recipient shall have the burden of showing why the business income is not of a level sufficient to terminate the public assistance benefits subject to provision of subsection (d) of this section.
(g) Guidelines for evaluation shall be based primarily on criteria utilized by small business loan officers and others of like expertise to determine what level of assets is necessary to maintain the type of business undertaken by the recipient. The department may establish an advisory group of persons engaged in small business or other appropriate members to establish such criteria.
(h) Individual case evaluations by these criteria shall be done in consultation with a technical assistance provider or other monitor who has had direct involvement with the participant under review.
(i) Technical assistance shall be included in the pilot program and the department may contract with existing training programs or other qualified providers with experience relevant to pilot program participants for such technical assistance. It shall include, but not be limited to, basic business planning, fiscal management and appropriate sales or other marketing skills.
(j) Upon completion of the pilot program, if it is determined that the project was effective in achieving the objective of assisting participants to establish self-employment sufficient to relinquish public assistance benefits, the department shall implement a similar statewide program for qualified applicants.
(k) Effectiveness of the pilot program shall be evaluated by the department in consultation with members of the small business advisory group, technical assistance providers and individual case monitors.
(l) If state funding is not secured for this pilot by the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-seven, the department shall apply for federal waivers and explore other funding sources to implement funding of the pilot program.
(b) As to any health care facility licensed under article five-c, chapter sixteen of this code, constructed after the first day of April, one thousand nine hundred eighty-one, and affected on or after that date by the reimbursement methodology implemented by the department regarding standard appraised value, beginning on the first day of April, one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight, and for a two-year period only, ending on the thirty-first day of March, one thousand nine hundred ninety, all in compliance with federal rules and regulations, the department shall reimburse such health care facilities no less than any actual annual capital costs, including, but not limited to, debt service, lease payments or costs of comparable financing arrangements incurred in connection with any capital expenditure approved pursuant to article two-d, chapter sixteen of this code or any rule promulgated thereunder or in conjunction with the financing of such capital expenditure pursuant to article two-c, chapter thirteen of this code, whichever is greater; and in no event, for the purpose of reimbursement of such capital costs, may the value of any health care facility licensed pursuant to article five-c, chapter sixteen of this code be deemed to be less than the greater of the aggregate principal amount of any public bond issue undertaken pursuant to the provisions of article two-c, chapter thirteen of this code or the maximum capital expenditure approved pursuant to article two-d, chapter sixteen of this code or any rule promulgated thereunder, and any appraisal made by the department in connection therewith shall include costs related to the financing of the bond issue or the maximum capital expenditure approved pursuant to article two-d, chapter sixteen of this code, as applicable: Provided, That said values may be reduced by (A) any functional obsolescence which is determined and identified annually pursuant to any rule promulgated hereunder and (B) the pro rata share of such value which is attributable to capital expenditures incurred with respect to facilities which provide services which are not eligible for reimbursement under Title XIX of the social security act: Provided, however, That the department may not exceed the medicare upper payment limit for medicaid in making any reimbursement pursuant to this section.
As to any health care facility constructed after the first day of April, one thousand nine hundred eighty-one, and affected on or after that date by the reimbursement methodology implemented by the department regarding standard appraised value, with respect to reimbursement to the state by such health care facility arising from adjustment of projected rates, the department shall provide for the adjustment of projected rates based upon values which are consistent with the provisions of this section and based upon the actual occupancy experience of the health care facility during the projected rate period, all in compliance with federal rules and regulations.
(c) The medicaid payments that a long-term care facility would otherwise receive may not be reduced in any manner as a result of the operation of this section.
(d) For the rate setting cycle beginning on the first day of April, one thousand nine hundred ninety, and for a period ending on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-two, the department shall reimburse health care facilities described in subsection (b), with sixty or more licensed beds, for actual annual capital costs in the manner prescribed in subsection (b): Provided, That the capital costs reimbursement attributable to subsection (b) of this section may not exceed the medicare upper payment limit based upon presumed occupancy of ninety percent or actual occupancy of the facility, whichever is greater: Provided, however, That any capital cost reimbursement attributable to the computation made pursuant to the provisions of this subsection (d) shall not exceed the per patient day cost of capital as computed under the rules of the department, without reference to this section, plus six dollars per patient day. Requests for information from the department regarding reimbursement pursuant to this subsection (d) shall be completed and submitted to the department not later than sixty days subsequent to the receipt of the department's request by the facility.
The department shall provide for the adjustment of projected rates for health care facilities described in subsection (b), with sixty or more licensed beds, in the manner prescribed in subsection (b).
The secretary of the department of health and human resources has the authority to develop a preferred drug list, in accordance with federal law, which shall consist of federally approved drugs. The department, through administration of the medicaid program, may reimburse, where applicable and in accordance with federal law, entities providing and dispensing prescription drugs from the preferred drug list.
The secretary of the department is hereby authorized to negotiate and enter into agreements with pharmaceutical manufacturers for supplemental rebates for medicaid reimbursable drugs.
The provisions of article three, chapter five-a of this code shall not apply to any contract or contracts entered into under this section.
Trade secrets, rebate amounts, percentage of rebate, manufacturer's pricing and supplemental rebates which are contained in the department's records and those of its agents with respect to supplemental rebate negotiations and which are prepared pursuant to a supplemental rebate agreement are confidential and exempt from all of article one, chapter twenty-nine-b of this code.
Those portions of any meetings of the committee at which trade secrets, rebate amounts, percentage of rebate, manufacturer's pricing and supplemental rebates are disclosed for discussion or negotiation of a supplemental rebate agreement are exempt from all of article nine-a, chapter six of this code.
The secretary of the department will monitor and evaluate the effects of this provision on medicaid recipients, the medicaid program, physicians and pharmacies.
The commissioner shall implement a drug utilization review program to assure that prescribing and dispensing of drug products result in the most rational cost-effective medication therapy for medicaid patients.
Any moneys received in supplemental rebates will be deposited in the medical services fund established in section two, article four, chapter nine of this code.
(b) In order that the Legislature become better informed as to these matters, and appropriately appraise and balance the interests among all such health care providers and between all such health care providers and the interests of all the state's citizenry, the Legislature hereby directs the commissioner of the department of human services to identify, explore, study and consider the potential benefits and risks associated with the adoption of alternative and emerging and state-of-the-art concepts in reimbursement methodology for such health care providers.
(c) Toward this end, the commissioner shall conduct inquiries and hold hearings in order to provide all health care providers and other interested persons the opportunity to comment. In carrying out the provisions of this section, the commissioner shall have jurisdiction over such persons, whether such health care providers or not, as may be in the opinion of the commissioner necessary to the exercise of the mandate set forth in this section, and may compel attendance before the department, take testimony under oath and compel the production of papers or other documents. Upon reasonable requests by the commissioner, all other state agencies shall cooperate in carrying out the provisions of this section.
(d) The commissioner shall make monthly reports to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance, created by article three, chapter four of this code, or a subcommittee designated by the Joint Committee, and at the completion of such identification, exploration, study and consideration, present to the Joint Committee or its subcommittee, no later than the first day of December, one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight, a summary report which shall set forth all activities pursuant to the mandate of the Legislature as set forth herein, any policy decisions reached and initiatives undertaken and findings and conclusions as well as any recommendations for legislation. The commissioner shall also make such full report to the Legislature no later than the first day of the regular session of the Legislature in the year one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine.
(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to give the Legislature any jurisdiction over the medicaid program or its operations.
(b) Effective the first day of April, one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine, hospitals shall receive administrative day payment at a rate set by the medicaid agency to reimburse the hospitals for days required for the screening of medicaid eligible patients required by subsection (a) of this section.
(c) The secretary of the department of health and human resources is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to fully implement this section.
(b) For purposes of this section, the indigency of a deceased person is determined by the filing of an affidavit with the department, in a form provided by and determined in accordance with the income guidelines as set forth by the department: (1) Signed by the heir or heirs-at-law which states that the estate of the deceased person is pecuniarily unable to pay the costs associated with a funeral; or (2) signed by the county coroner or the county health officer, the attending physician or other person signing the death certificate or the state medical examiner stating that the deceased person has no heirs or that heirs have not been located after a reasonable search and that the deceased person had no estate or the estate is pecuniarily unable to pay the costs associated with a funeral.
(c) Payment shall be made by the department to the person or persons who have furnished the services and supplies for the indigent person's funeral expenses or to the persons who have advanced payment for same, as the department may determine, pursuant to appropriations for expenditures made by the Legislature for such purpose.
(d) For purposes of this section, "reasonable funeral service expenses" means expenses for services provided by a funeral director for the disposition of human remains.
(e) Any person who knowingly swears falsely in an affidavit required by this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or confined in the county or regional jail for a period of not more than six months, or both.
(b) Prior to initiating any summary review, the secretary shall direct the revision of the state mental health plan as required by the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 300x and section four, article one-a, chapter twenty-seven of this code. In developing those revisions, the secretary is to appoint an advisory committee composed of representatives of the associations representing providers, child care providers, physicians and advocates. The secretary shall appoint the appropriate department employees representing regulatory agencies, reimbursement agencies and oversight agencies of the behavioral health system.
(c) If the secretary of the department of health and human resources determines that specific services are needed but unavailable, he or she shall provide notice of the department's intent to develop those services. Notice may be provided through publication in the state register, publication in newspapers or a modified request for proposal as developed by the secretary.
(d) The secretary may initiate a summary review of additional behavioral health care services, but only to the extent necessary to gain federal approval of the medicaid MR/DD waiver program, by recommending exemption from the provisions of article two-d, chapter sixteen of this code to the health care authority. The recommendation is to include the following findings:
(1) That the proposed service is consistent with the state health plan and the state mental health plan;
(2) That the proposed service is consistent with the department's programmatic and fiscal plan for behavioral health services;
(3) That the proposed service contributes to providing services that prevent admission to restrictive environments or enables an individual to remain in a nonrestrictive environment;
(4) That the proposed service contributes to reducing the number of individuals admitted to inpatient or residential treatment programs or services;
(5) If applicable, that the proposed service will be community-based, locally accessible, provided in an appropriate setting consistent with the unique needs and potential of each client and his or her family and located in an area that is unserved or underserved or does not allow consumers a choice of providers; and
(6) That the secretary is determining that sufficient funds are available for the proposed service without decreasing access to or provision of existing services. The secretary may, from time to time, transfer funds pursuant to the general provisions of the budget bill.
(e) The secretary's findings required by this section shall be filed with the secretary's recommendation and appropriate documentation. If the secretary's findings are supported by the accompanying documentation, the proposal does not require a certificate of need.
(f) Any entity that does not qualify for summary review is subject to a certificate of need review.
(g) Any provider of the proposed services denied authorization to provide those services pursuant to the summary review has the right to appeal that decision to the state agency in accordance with the provisions of section ten, article two-d, chapter sixteen of this code.
(b) Any enrollee in Medicaid who is eligible for services and who has been diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension or who has a family history of kidney disease and who has received a diagnosis of kidney disease shall be classified as a chronic kidney patient.
(c) The diagnostic criteria used to define chronic kidney disease should be those generally recognized through clinical practice guidelines which identify chronic kidney disease or its complications based on the presence of kidney damage and level of kidney function.
(d) Medicaid providers shall be educated by the Bureau for Public Health in an effort to increase the rate of evaluation and treatment for chronic kidney disease. Providers should be made aware of:
(i) Managing risk factors, which prolong kidney function or delay progression to kidney replacement therapy;
(ii) Managing risk factors for bone disease and cardiovascular disease associated with chronic kidney disease;
(iii) Improving nutritional status of chronic kidney disease patients; and
(iv) Correcting anemia associated with chronic kidney disease.
(b) For purposes of this section, the term "autism spectrum disorder" means any pervasive developmental disorder, including autistic disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, or Pervasive Development Disorder as defined in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.
(a) Beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, the Bureau for Medical Services shall submit an annual report by May of that year to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability that includes, but is not limited to, the following information for all managed care organizations:
(1) The name and geographic service area of each managed care organization that has contracted with the bureau.
(2) The total number of health care providers in each managed care organization broken down by provider type and specialty and by each geographic service area.
(3) The monthly average and total of the number of members enrolled in each organization broken down by eligibility group.
(4) The percentage of clean claims paid each provider type within thirty calendar days and the average number of days to pay all claims for each managed care organization
(5) The number of claims denied or pended by each managed care organization.
(6) The number and dollar value of all claims paid to non- network providers by claim type for each managed care organization.
(7) The number of members choosing the managed care organization and the number of members auto-enrolled into each managed care organization, broken down by managed care organization.
(8) The amount of the average per member per month payment and total payments paid to each managed care organization.
(9) A comparison of nationally recognized health outcomes measures as required by the contracts the managed care organizations have with the bureau.
(10) A copy of the member and provider satisfaction survey report for each managed care organization.
(11) A copy of the annual audited financial statements for each managed care organization.
(12) A brief factual narrative of any sanctions levied by the department against a managed care network.
(13) The number of members, broken down by each managed care organization, filing a grievance or appeal and the total number and percentage of grievances or appeals that reversed or otherwise resolved a decision in favor of the member.
(14) The number of members receiving unduplicated outpatient emergency services and urgent care services, broken down by managed care organization.
(15) The number of total inpatient Medicaid days broken down by managed care organization and aggregated by facility type.
(16) The following information concerning pharmacy benefits broken down by each managed care organization and by month:
(A) Total number of prescription claims;
(B) Total number of prescription claims denied;
(C) Average adjudication time for prescription claims;
(D) Total number of prescription claims adjudicated within thirty days;
(E) Total number of prescription claims adjudicated within ninety days;
(F) Total number of prescription claims adjudicated after thirty days; and
(G) Total number of prescription claims adjudicated after ninety days.
(17) The total number of authorizations by service.
(18) Any other metric or measure which the Bureau of Medical Services deems appropriate for inclusion in the report.
(19) For those managed care plans that are accredited by a national accreditation organization they shall report their most recent annual quality ranking for their Medicaid plans offered in West Virginia.
(20) The medical loss ratio and the administrative cost of each managed care organization and the amount of money refunded to the state if the contract contains a medical loss ratio.
(b) The report required in subsection (a) of this section shall also include information regarding fee-for-service providers that is comparable to that required in subsection (a) of this section for managed care organizations: Provided, That any report regarding Medicaid fee for service should be designed to determine the medical and pharmacy costs for those benefits similar to ones provided by the managed care organizations and the data shall be reflective of the population served.
(c) The report required in subsection (a) of this section shall also include for each of the five most recent fiscal years, annual cost information for both managed care organizations and fee-for-service providers of the Medicaid program expressed in terms of:
(1) Aggregate dollars expended by both managed care organizations and fee-for-service providers of the Medicaid programs per fiscal years; and
(2) Annual rate of cost inflation from prior fiscal year for both managed care organizations and fee-for-service providers of the Medicaid program.
§9-5-23. Bureau of Medical Services information.
(a) The Bureau of Medical Services shall publish all informational bulletins, health plan advisories, and guidance published by the department concerning the Medicaid program on the department's website.
(b) The bureau shall publish all Medicaid state plan amendments and any related correspondence within twenty-four hours of receipt of the correspondence submission to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
(c) The bureau shall publish all formal responses by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding any state plan amendment on the department's website within twenty-four hours of receipt of the correspondence.
(a) The Bureau of Medical Services shall publish all informational bulletins, health plan advisories, and guidance published by the department concerning the Medicaid program on the department's website.
(b) The bureau shall publish all Medicaid state plan amendments and any related correspondence within twenty-four hours of receipt of the correspondence submission to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
(c) The bureau shall publish all formal responses by the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding any state plan
amendment on the department's website within twenty-four hours of
receipt of the correspondence.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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