§ 40-8.13-12. Community-based supportive living program.
(a) To expand the number of community-based service options, the executive office of health and human services shall establish a program for beneficiaries opting to participate in managed care long-term care arrangements under this chapter who choose to receive Medicaid-funded assisted living, adult supportive care home, or shared living long-term care services and supports. As part of the program, the executive office shall implement Medicaid certification or, as appropriate, managed care contract standards for state authorized providers of these services that establish an acuity-based, tiered service and payment system that ties reimbursements to: beneficiary's clinical/functional level of need; the scope of services and supports provided; and specific quality and outcome measures. Such standards shall set the base level of Medicaid state plan and waiver services that each type of provider must deliver, the range of acuity-based service enhancements that must be made available to beneficiaries with more intensive care needs, and the minimum state licensure and/or certification requirements a provider must meet to participate in the pilot at each service/payment level. The standards shall also establish any additional requirements, terms or conditions a provider must meet to ensure beneficiaries have access to high quality, cost effective care.
(b) Room and board. The executive office shall raise the cap on the amount Medicaid certified assisted living and adult supportive home care providers are permitted to charge participating beneficiaries for room and board. In the first year of the program, the monthly charges for a beneficiary living in a single room who has income at or below three hundred percent (300%) of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) level shall not exceed the total of both the maximum monthly federal SSI payment and the monthly state supplement authorized for persons requiring long-term services under § 40-6-27.2(a)(1)(vi), less the specified personal need allowance. For a beneficiary living in a double room, the room and board cap shall be set at eighty-five percent (85%) of the monthly charge allowed for a beneficiary living in a single room.
(c) Program cost-effectiveness.
The total cost to the state for providing the state supplement and Medicaid-funded services and supports to beneficiaries participating in the program in the initial year of implementation shall not exceed the cost for providing Medicaid-funded services to the same number of beneficiaries with similar acuity needs in an institutional setting in the initial year of the operations. The program shall be terminated if the executive office determines that the program has not met this target.
(P.L. 2015, ch. 141, art. 5, § 19.)