THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

3008

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2016

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO MEDICAL ASSISTANCE.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that in order to provide important health care for the homeless, the State needs pertinent data regarding the treatments and services administered to the homeless. Information on the usage of health care can assist the governor, the legislature, and the public to make informed policy decisions about the allocation of resources and services necessary to assist the homeless.

The purpose of this Act is to promote the health of Hawaii's homeless population by establishing a system to securely gather data regarding homeless individuals' usage of publicly funded medical assistance programs.

SECTION 2. Chapter 346, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"346-    Homeless medical assistance recipients; usage; reporting. (a) Each provider who provides medical care to a person who is enrolled in a medical assistance program administered by the department shall indicate whether or not the person is homeless with each claim for payment that the provider submits to the person's health plan or other payor, in the matter prescribed by the department. If a provider is unaware whether the person is homeless, the provider shall make a good faith effort to inquire whether the person is homeless.

(b) Each health plan or payor shall transmit the information collected pursuant to subsection (a) to the department in the manner required by the department. The information shall include at a minimum, health conditions treated, treatments rendered, and associated costs of treatment.

(c) The department shall compile information received pursuant to subsection (b) into statistical findings regarding homeless persons' use of medical assistance programs, and shall include in those findings information on health conditions treated, treatments received, and associated costs of treatment. The department shall aggregate data so that no individual patient can be identified.

(d) The department shall submit annual reports and findings to the governor, the legislature, and the department of health no later than twenty days before the convening of each regular session of the legislature. The department shall also make its findings available to the public on its website.

(e) In compliance with this section, providers, health plans, and the department shall preserve patient confidentiality, and shall not disclose to the public any patient-level data obtained from any provider.

(f) Except for public reports under subsection (d), any information held by a provider, health plan or other payor, or the department in compliance with this section shall not be subject to subpoena, discovery, or introduction into evidence in any civil or criminal proceeding.

(g) The department shall adopt rules, pursuant to chapter 91, necessary for the purposes of this section. The rules shall be consistent with applicable federal laws, including laws related to patient privacy and informed consent."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2017.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Human Services; Medicaid; Homeless

 

Description:

Requires providers and health plans to gather data regarding homeless individuals' use of medical assistance programs.

 

 

 

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