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  208.201.  Mo HealthNet division established — director, how appointed, powers and duties — powers, duties and functions of division. — 1.  The "MO HealthNet Division" is hereby established within the department of social services.  The director of the MO HealthNet division shall be appointed by the director of the department.  Where the title "division of medical services" is found in the Missouri Revised statutes it shall mean "MO HealthNet division".

  2.  The MO HealthNet division is an integral part of the department of social services and shall have and exercise all the powers and duties necessary to carry out fully and effectively the purposes assigned to it by law and shall be the state agency to administer payments to providers under the MO HealthNet program and to carry out such other functions, duties, and responsibilities as the MO HealthNet division may be transferred by law, or by a departmental reorganizational plan pursuant to law.

  3.  All powers, duties and functions of the family support division relative to the development, administration and enforcement of the medical assistance programs of this state are transferred by type I transfer as defined in the Omnibus State Reorganization Act of 1974 to the MO HealthNet division.  The family support division shall retain the authority to determine and regulate the eligibility of needy persons for participation in the MO HealthNet program.

  4.  All state regulations adopted under the authority of the division of medical services shall remain in effect unless withdrawn or amended by authority of the MO HealthNet division.

  5.  The director of the MO HealthNet division shall exercise the powers and duties of an appointing authority under chapter 36 to employ such administrative, technical, and other personnel as may be necessary, and may designate subdivisions as needed for the performance of the duties and responsibilities of the division.

  6.  In addition to the powers, duties and functions vested in the MO HealthNet division by other provisions of this chapter or by other laws of this state, the MO HealthNet division shall have the power:

  (1)  To sue and be sued;

  (2)  To adopt, amend and rescind such rules and regulations necessary or desirable to perform its duties under state law and not inconsistent with the constitution or laws of this state;

  (3)  To make and enter into contracts and carry out the duties imposed upon it by this or any other law;

  (4)  To administer, disburse, accept, dispose of and account for funds, equipment, supplies or services, and any kind of property given, granted, loaned, advanced to or appropriated by the state of Missouri or the federal government for any lawful purpose;

  (5)  To cooperate with the United States government in matters of mutual concern pertaining to any duties of the MO HealthNet division or the department of social services, including the adoption of such methods of administration as are found by the United States government to be necessary for the efficient operation of state medical assistance plans required by federal law, and the modification or amendment of a state medical assistance plan where required by federal law;

  (6)  To make reports in such form and containing such information as the United States government may, from time to time, require and comply with such provisions as the United States government may, from time to time, find necessary to assure the correctness and verification of such reports;

  (7)  To create and appoint, when and if it may deem necessary, advisory committees not otherwise provided in any other provision of the law to provide professional or technical consultation with respect to MO HealthNet program administration.  Each advisory committee shall consult with and advise the MO HealthNet division with respect to policies incident to the administration of the particular function germane to their respective field of competence;

  (8)  To define, establish and implement the policies and procedures necessary to administer payments to providers under the MO HealthNet program;

  (9)  To conduct utilization reviews to determine the appropriateness of services and reimbursement amounts to providers participating in the MO HealthNet program;

  (10)  To establish or cooperate in research or demonstration projects relative to the medical assistance programs, including those projects which will aid in effective coordination or planning between private and public medical assistance programs and providers, or which will help improve the administration and effectiveness of medical assistance programs.

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(L. 1987 H.B. 579, A.L. 2007 S.B. 577)


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