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  208.166.  Department to facilitate cost-effective purchase of comprehensive health care, definitions — authority of department, conditions — recipient's freedom of selection of plans and sponsors not limited. — 1.  As used in this section, the following terms mean:

  (1)  "Department", the Missouri department of social services;

  (2)  "Prepaid capitated", a mode of payment by which the department periodically reimburse a contracted health provider plan or primary care physician sponsor for delivering health care services for the duration of a contract to a maximum specified number of members based on a fixed rate per member, notwithstanding:

  (a)  The actual number of members who receive care from the provider; or

  (b)  The amount of health care services provided to any members;

  (3)  "Primary care case-management", a mode of payment by which the department reimburses a contracted primary care physician sponsor on a fee-for-service schedule plus a monthly fee to manage each recipient's case;

  (4)  "Primary care physician sponsor", a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 334 who is a family practitioner, general practitioner, pediatrician, general internist or an obstetrician or gynecologist;

  (5)  "Specialty physician services arrangement", an arrangement where the department may restrict recipients of specialty services to designated providers of such services, even in the absence of a primary care case-management system.

  2.  The department or its designated division shall maximize the use of prepaid health plans, where appropriate, and other alternative service delivery and reimbursement methodologies, including, but not limited to, individual primary care physician sponsors or specialty physician services arrangements, designed to facilitate the cost-effective purchase of comprehensive health care.

  3.  In order to provide comprehensive health care, the department or its designated division shall have authority to:

  (1)  Purchase medical services for recipients of public assistance from prepaid health plans, health maintenance organizations, health insuring organizations, preferred provider organizations, individual practice associations, local health units, community health centers, or primary care physician sponsors;

  (2)  Reimburse those health care plans or primary care physicians' sponsors who enter into direct contract with the department on a prepaid capitated or primary care case-management basis on the following conditions:

  (a)  That the department or its designated division shall ensure, whenever possible and consistent with quality of care and cost factors, that publicly supported neighborhood and community-supported health clinics shall be utilized as providers;

  (b)  That the department or its designated division shall ensure reasonable access to medical services in geographic areas where managed or coordinated care programs are initiated; and

  (c)  That the department shall ensure full freedom of choice for prescription drugs at any Medicaid participating pharmacy;

  (3)  Limit providers of medical assistance benefits to those who demonstrate efficient and economic service delivery for the level of service they deliver, and provided that such limitation shall not limit recipients from reasonable access to such levels of service;

  (4)  Provide recipients of public assistance with alternative services as provided for in state law, subject to appropriation by the general assembly;

  (5)  Designate providers of medical assistance benefits to assure specifically defined medical assistance benefits at a reduced cost to the state, to assure reasonable access to all levels of health services and to assure maximization of federal financial participation in the delivery of health related services to Missouri citizens; provided, all qualified providers that deliver such specifically defined services shall be afforded an opportunity to compete to meet reasonable state criteria and to be so designated;

  (6)  Upon mutual agreement with any entity of local government, to elect to use local government funds as the matching share for Title XIX payments, as allowed by federal law or regulation;

  (7)  To elect not to offset local government contributions from the allowable costs under the Title XIX program, unless prohibited by federal law and regulation.

  4.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the department or its designated division to limit the recipient's freedom of selection among health care plans or primary care physician sponsors, as authorized in this section, who have entered into contract with the department or its designated division to provide a comprehensive range of health care services on a prepaid capitated or primary care case-management basis, except in those instances of overutilization of Medicaid services by the recipient.


(L. 1982 H.B. 1086 § 3, A.L. 1990 S.B. 765, A.L. 1992 H.B. 899)

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