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(a) The purpose of this article is to provide a comprehensive program of managed health care plan services to Medi-Cal recipients residing in clearly defined geographical areas. It is, further, the purpose of this article to create maximum accessibility to health care services by permitting Medi-Cal recipients the option of choosing from among two or more managed health care plans or fee-for-service managed case arrangements, including, but not limited to, health maintenance organizations, prepaid health plans, and primary care case management plans. Independent practice associations, health insurance carriers, private foundations, and university medical centers systems, not-for-profit clinics, and other primary care providers, may be offered as choices to Medi-Cal recipients under this article if they are organized and operated as managed care plans, for the provision of preventive managed health care plan services.
(b) The department may seek proposals and then shall enter into contracts based on relative costs, extent of coverage offered, quality of health services to be provided, financial stability of the health care plan or carrier, recipient access to services, cost-containment strategies, peer and community participation in quality control, emphasis on preventive and managed health care services and the ability of the health plan to meet all requirements for both of the following:
(1) Certification, where legally required, by the Director of the Department of Managed Health Care and the Insurance Commissioner.
(2) Compliance with all of the following:
(A) The health plan shall satisfy all applicable state and federal legal requirements for participation as a Medi-Cal managed care contractor.
(B) The health plan shall meet any standards established by the department for the implementation of this article.
(C) The health plan receives the approval of the department to participate in the pilot project under this article.
(c)(1)(A) The proposals shall be for the provision of preventive and managed health care services to specified eligible populations on a capitated, prepaid, or postpayment basis.
(B) Enrollment in a Medi-Cal managed health care plan under this article shall be voluntary for beneficiaries eligible for the federal Supplemental Security Income for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled Program (Subchapter 16 (commencing with Section 1381) of Chapter 7 of Title 42 of the United States Code).
(2) The cost of each program established under this section shall not exceed the total amount that the department estimates it would pay for all services and requirements within the same geographic area under the fee-for-service Medi-Cal program.
(d)(1) An eligible beneficiary shall be entitled to enroll in any health care plan contracted for pursuant to this article that is in effect for the geographic area in which he or she resides. The department shall make available to recipients information summarizing the benefits and limitations of each health care plan available pursuant to this section in the geographic area in which the recipient resides. A Medi-Cal or CalWORKs applicant or beneficiary shall be informed of the health care options available regarding methods of receiving Medi-Cal benefits. The county shall ensure that each beneficiary is informed of these options and informed that a health care options presentation is available.
(2) No later than 30 days following the date a Medi-Cal or CalWORKs recipient is informed of the health care options described in paragraph (1), the recipient shall indicate his or her choice, in writing, of one of the available health care plans and his or her choice of primary care provider or clinic contracting with the selected health care plan. Notwithstanding the 30-day deadline set forth in this paragraph, if a beneficiary requests a directory for the entire service area within 30 days of the date of receiving an enrollment form, the deadline for choosing a plan shall be extended an additional 30 days from the date of that request.
(3) The health care options information described in this subdivision shall include the following elements:
(A) Each beneficiary or eligible applicant shall be provided, at a minimum, with the name, address, telephone number, and specialty, if any, of each primary care provider, by specialty or clinic participating in each managed health care plan option through a personalized provider directory for that beneficiary or applicant. This information shall be presented under the geographic area designations by the name of the primary care provider and clinic, and shall be updated based on information electronically provided monthly by the health care plans to the department, setting forth changes in the health care plan provider network. The geographic areas shall be based on the applicant's residence address, the minor applicant's school address, the applicant's work address, or any other factor deemed appropriate by the department, in consultation with health plan representatives, legislative staff, and consumer stakeholders. In addition, directories of the entire service area, including, but not limited to, the name, address, and telephone number of each primary care provider and hospital, of all Geographic Managed Care health plan provider networks shall be made available to beneficiaries or applicants who request them from the health care options contractor. Each personalized provider directory shall include information regarding the availability of a directory of the entire service area, provide telephone numbers for the beneficiary to request a directory of the entire service area, and include a postage-paid mail card to send for a directory of the entire service area. The personalized provider directory shall be implemented as a pilot project in Sacramento County pursuant to this article, and in Los Angeles County (Two-Plan Model) pursuant to Article 2.7 (commencing with Section 14087.305). The content, form, and geographic areas used shall be determined by the department in consultation with a workgroup to include health plan representatives, legislative staff, and consumer stakeholders, with an emphasis on the inclusion of stakeholders from Los Angeles and Sacramento Counties. The personalized provider directories may include a section for each health plan. Prior to implementation of the pilot project, the department, in consultation with consumer stakeholders, legislative staff, and health plans, shall determine the parameters, methodology, and evaluation process of the pilot project. The pilot project shall thereafter be in effect for a minimum of two years.Following two years of operation as a pilot project in two counties, the department, in consultation with consumer stakeholders, legislative staff, and health plans, shall determine whether to implement personalized provider directories as a permanent program statewide.If necessary, the pilot project shall continue beyond the initial two-year period until this determination is made. This pilot project shall only be implemented to the extent that it is budget neutral to the department.
(B) Each beneficiary or eligible applicant shall be informed that he or she may choose to continue an established patient-provider relationship in a managed care option, if his or her treating provider is a primary care provider or clinic contracting with any of the health plans available and has the available capacity and agrees to continue to treat that beneficiary or eligible applicant.
(C) Each beneficiary or eligible applicant shall be informed that if he or she fails to make a choice, he or she shall be assigned to, and enrolled in, a health care plan.
(4) At the time the beneficiary or eligible applicant selects a health care plan, the department shall, when applicable, encourage the beneficiary or eligible applicant to also indicate, in writing, his or her choice of primary care provider or clinic contracting with the selected health care plan.
(5) Commencing with the implementation of a geographic managed care project in a designated county, a Medi-Cal or CalWORKs beneficiary who does not make a choice of health care plans in accordance with paragraph (2), shall be assigned to and enrolled in an appropriate health care plan providing service within the area in which the beneficiary resides.
(6) If a beneficiary or eligible applicant does not choose a primary care provider or clinic, or does not select a primary care provider who is available, the health care plan selected by or assigned to the beneficiary shall ensure that the beneficiary selects a primary care provider or clinic within 30 days after enrollment or is assigned to a primary care provider within 40 days after enrollment.
(7) A Medi-Cal or CalWORKs beneficiary dissatisfied with the primary care provider or health care plan shall be allowed to select or be assigned to another primary care provider within the same health care plan. In addition, the beneficiary shall be allowed to select or be assigned to another health care plan contracted for pursuant to this article that is in effect for the geographic area in which he or she resides in accordance with Section 1903(m)(2)(F)(ii) of the Social Security Act.
(8) The department or its contractor shall notify a health care plan when it has been selected by or assigned to a beneficiary. The health care plan that has been selected or assigned by a beneficiary shall notify the primary care provider that has been selected or assigned. The health care plan shall also notify the beneficiary of the health care plan and primary care provider selected or assigned.
(9) This section shall be implemented in a manner consistent with any federal waiver that is required to be obtained by the department to implement this section.
(e) A participating county may include within the plan or plans providing coverage pursuant to this section, employees of county government, and others who reside in the geographic area and who depend upon county funds for all or part of their health care costs.
(f) Funds may be provided to prospective contractors to assist in the design, development, and installation of appropriate programs. The award of these funds shall be based on criteria established by the department.
(g) In implementing this article, the department may enter into contracts for the provision of essential administrative and other services. Contracts entered into under this subdivision may be on a noncompetitive bid basis and shall be exempt from Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 10290) of Part 2 of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code.
(h) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, on and after the effective date of the act adding this subdivision, the department shall have exclusive authority to set the rates, terms, and conditions of geographic managed care contracts and contract amendments under this article. As of that date, all references to this article to the negotiator or to the California Medical Assistance Commission shall be deemed to mean the department.
(i) Notwithstanding subdivision (q) of Section 6254 of the Government Code, a contract or contract amendments executed by both parties after the effective date of the act adding this subdivision shall be considered a public record for purposes of the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code) and shall be disclosed upon request. This subdivision includes contracts that reveal the department's rates of payment for health care services, the rates themselves, and rate manuals.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - California Code, Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC § 14089 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/welfare-and-institutions-code/wic-sect-14089/
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