Truly Agreed, 2016

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SB 579, 2016    (New Section - as Truly Agreed)    

208.686. 1. Subject to appropriations, the department shall establish a statewide program that permits reimbursement under the MO HealthNet program for home telemonitoring services. For the purposes of this section, "home telemonitoring service" shall mean a health care service that requires scheduled remote monitoring of data related to a participant's health and transmission of the data to a health call center accredited by the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC).
     2. The program shall:
     (1) Provide that home telemonitoring services are available only to persons who:
     (a) Are diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions:
     a. Pregnancy;
     b. Diabetes;
     c. Heart disease;
     d. Cancer;
     e. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;
     f. Hypertension;
     g. Congestive heart failure;
     h. Mental illness or serious emotional disturbance;
     i. Asthma;
     j. Myocardial infarction; or
     k. Stroke; and
     (b) Exhibit two or more of the following risk factors:
     a. Two or more hospitalizations in the prior twelve-month period;
     b. Frequent or recurrent emergency department admissions;
     c. A documented history of poor adherence to ordered medication regimens;
     d. A documented history of falls in the prior six-month period;
     e. Limited or absent informal support systems;
     f. Living alone or being home alone for extended periods of time;
     g. A documented history of care access challenges; or
     h. A documented history of consistently missed appointments with health care providers;
     (2) Ensure that clinical information gathered by a home health agency or hospital while providing home telemonitoring services is shared with the participant's physician; and
     (3) Ensure that the program does not duplicate any disease management program services provided by MO HealthNet.
     3. If, after implementation, the department determines that the program established under this section is not cost effective, the department may discontinue the program and stop providing reimbursement under the MO HealthNet program for home telemonitoring services.
     4. The department shall determine whether the provision of home telemonitoring services to persons who are eligible to receive benefits under both the MO HealthNet and Medicare programs achieves cost savings for the Medicare program.
     5. If, before implementing any provision of this section, the department determines that a waiver or authorization from a federal agency is necessary for implementation of that provision, the department shall request the waiver or authorization and may delay implementing that provision until the waiver or authorization is granted.
     6. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable, and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2016, shall be invalid and void.


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