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Section 40-26b-81 Medicaid Hospital Access Payments.

Section 40-26B-81

Medicaid hospital access payments.

(a) If Medicaid begins making payments pursuant to Title 22, Chapter 6, Article 9, on or before September 30, 2018, to preserve and improve access to hospital services, for hospital inpatient and outpatient services rendered on or after October 1, 2016, Medicaid shall consider the published inpatient and outpatient rates as defined in Sections 40-26B-79 and 40-26B-80 as the minimum payment allowed.

(b) If Medicaid does not begin making payments pursuant to Title 22, Chapter 6, Article 9, on or before September 30, 2018, the aggregate hospital access payment amount is an amount equal to the upper payment limit, less total hospital base payments determined under this article. All publicly, state-owned, and privately operated hospitals shall be eligible for inpatient and outpatient hospital access payments for fiscal year 2018 as set forth in this article.

(1) In addition to any other funds paid to hospitals for inpatient hospital services to Medicaid patients, each eligible hospital shall receive inpatient hospital access payments each state fiscal year. Publicly and state-owned hospitals shall receive payments, including hospital base payments, that, in the aggregate, equal the upper payment limit for publicly and state-owned hospitals. Privately operated hospitals shall receive payments, including hospital base payments that, in the aggregate, equal the upper payment limit for privately operated hospitals.

(2) Inpatient hospital access payments shall be made on a quarterly basis.

(3) In addition to any other funds paid to hospitals for outpatient hospital services to Medicaid patients, each eligible hospital shall receive outpatient hospital access payments each state fiscal year. Publicly and state-owned hospitals shall receive payments, including hospital base payments, that, in the aggregate, equal the upper payment limit for publicly and state-owned hospitals. Privately operated hospitals shall receive payments, including hospital base payments that, in the aggregate, equal the upper payment limit for privately operated hospitals.

(4) Outpatient hospital access payments shall be made on a quarterly basis.

(c) A hospital access payment shall not be used to offset any other payment by Medicaid for hospital inpatient or outpatient services to Medicaid beneficiaries, including, without limitation, any fee-for-service, per diem, private or public hospital inpatient adjustment, or hospital cost settlement payment.

(d) The specific hospital payments for publicly, state-owned, and privately operated hospitals shall be described in the state plan amendment to be submitted to and approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

(Act 2009-549, p. 1454, §2; Act 2011-615, p. 1383, §1; Act 2013-246, p. 595, §1; Act 2016-299, §1; Act 2017-382, §1.)

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Alabama
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Kay Ivey
Kay Ivey
April 10, 2017 -
Republican
1-334-242-3935
600 Dexter Ave., Montgomery, AL, 36104

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