January 18, 2022
We just reviewed the Article VII Health/Mental Hygiene Legislation document. Below is a quick review of the bill:
- Human Services COLA is (as we suspected) a one-time COLA proposal. Proposal for FY2023 announced today is 5.4%, effective April 1, 2022.
- Confirms $111M reinvestment (GROSSES TO $222M WITH FEDERAL MATCH) to OASAS and OMH associated with recoupment of funds from MCOs not meeting certain spending targets.
- APG’s extended until 2027 and adds Crisis Programs to the list of Programs eligible for APG government rates.
- Gives authority to DoH to competitively procure MCOs to participate in certain Medicaid managed care programs. Effective 4/22
- Requires pharmacies in NYS to maintain a stock of Naloxone and Buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD. Pharmacies have 60 days after passage of this provision to comply.
- Payment rate increase of 1% to all DoH Medicaid FFS rates
- HEALTHCARE WORKER BONUSES FOR THOSE EARNING UP TO $100K. This is a one-time bonus up to $3k.
- Waives requirements for experienced Nurse Practitioners to have a written practice agreement with a physician
- Interstate Medical Compact – proposed for doctors and nurses only
- Amends Education Law and Public Health Law and transfers oversight for Article 163 practitioners as well as many other practitioners currently under Education Law, to DoH oversight.
- Transfers ratemaking authority for Child Health Plus services from Department of Financial Services to Department of Health.
- Establishes reimbursement parity for Medicaid telehealth services
- Implements a process to create a new certification for Recovery Residences, otherwise known as Sober Homes, and allows OASAS to create a voluntary certification process for Recovery Supportive Housing that provides substance-free environments and mutual support
- Modernize the current Alcohol Awareness Program to cover other forms of addictions and to expand the scope to include recreational cannabis.
- Expand access to addiction services by expediting the development of Capital Projects to support voluntary-operated addiction service programs.