6. a. The commission shall approve each hospital's reasonable uncompensated care costs and shall ensure that uncompensated care services financed pursuant to this act are provided in the most appropriate and cost-effective manner which the commission determines hospitals can reasonably be required to achieve. The commission shall reduce a hospital's reasonable uncompensated care costs by the amount of overpayment for patient care services, if any, by the Medicare program established pursuant to Pub.L.89-97 (42 U.S.C. s. 1395 et seq.), the Medicaid program, or any payer or purchaser of hospital services whose hospital reimbursement rates are not established by the commission pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et al.). For the purposes of this section, "overpayment" means reimbursement in excess of that allowed by section 5 of P.L.1978, c.83 (C.26:2H-4.1).
A hospital shall not be reimbursed from the fund for the cost of uncompensated care for health care services provided to a patient who is a resident of another state other than emergency care services for life-threatening conditions. As used in this subsection, "life-threatening condition" means any medical condition which poses an imminent risk to a patient's life if emergency medical care is not provided to that patient, as certified by the patient's attending physician in accordance with the medical treatment protocol utilized by the hospital.
The commission shall require a hospital which engages in inefficient or inappropriate provision of uncompensated care services to submit to the commission a cost reduction plan. The commission may prospectively reduce the hospital's uncompensated care payments for failure to submit or implement a cost reduction plan that has been approved by the commission.
b. The hospital mandatory assessment shall be funded by the uniform Statewide uncompensated care add-on determined pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1991, c.187 (C.26:2H-18.28) which is charged by the hospital to all payers.
A hospital shall collect all monies received from the uncompensated care add-on pursuant to subsection a. of section 5 of P.L.1991, c.187 (C.26:2H-18.28) and remit all such monies to the fund as the hospital's mandatory assessment.
Such funds as may be necessary from the assessment shall be appropriated from the fund to the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the Department of Human Services for payment to disproportionate share and non-disproportionate share hospitals for payments of approved uncompensated care costs.
The commission shall determine the amount that the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the Department of Human Services shall pay to each hospital.
The Commissioner of Human Services shall adopt rules and regulations pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) to carry out the provisions of this subsection.
L.1991,c.187,s.6; amended 1992,c.68,s.1; per s.86 as amended by 1992, c.160, s.27, expired December 31, 1992.