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56-264.  Rulemaking authority. In addition to the rulemaking authority granted to the department in this chapter and elsewhere in Idaho Code regarding the medicaid program and notwithstanding any other Idaho law to the contrary, the department shall have the authority to promulgate rules regarding:
(1)  Medical services to:
(a)  Change the primary case management paid to providers to a tiered payment based on the health needs of the populations that are managed. A lower payment is to be made for healthier populations and a higher payment is to be made for individuals with special needs, disabilities or are otherwise at risk. An incentive payment is to be provided to practices that provide extended hours beyond the normal business hours that help reduce unnecessary higher-cost emergency care;
(b)  Provide that a healthy connections referral is no longer required for urgent care as an alternative to higher cost but unnecessary emergency services; and
(c)  Eliminate payment for collateral contact;
(2)  Mental health services to:
(a)  Eliminate administrative requirements for a functional and intake assessment and add a comprehensive diagnostic assessment addendum;
(b)  Restrict duplicative skill training from being provided by a mental health provider when the individual has chosen to receive skill training from a developmental disability provider. Mental health providers may not provide training for skills included in the individual’s developmental disability plan, but may provide services related to the individual’s mental illness that require specialized expertise of mental health professionals, such as management of mental health symptoms, teaching coping skills related to mental health diagnosis, assisting with psychiatric medical appointments and educating individuals about their diagnosis and treatment;
(c)  Increase the criteria for accessing the partial care benefit and restrict to those individuals who have a diagnosis of serious and persistent mental illness;
(d)  Eliminate the requirement for new annual plans; and
(e)  Direct the department to develop an effective management tool for psychosocial rehabilitation services;
(3)  In-home care services to:
(a)  Eliminate personal care service coordination; and
(b)  Restrict duplicative nursing services from a home health agency when nursing services are being provided through the aged and disabled waiver;
(4)  Vision services to:
(a)  Align coverage requirements for contact lenses with commercial insurers and other state medicaid programs; and
(b)  Limit coverage for adults based on chronic care criteria;
(5)  Audiology services to eliminate audiology benefits for adults;
(6)  Developmental disability services to:
(a)  Eliminate payment for collateral contact;
(b)  Eliminate supportive counseling benefit;
(c)  Reduce annual assessment hours from twelve (12) to four (4) hours and exclude psychological and neuropsychological testing services within these limits;
(d)  Reduce plan development payment from twelve (12) to six (6) hours and reduce requirements related to adult developmental disabilities plan development;
(e)  Restrict duplicative skill training from being provided by a developmental disabilities provider when an individual has chosen to receive skill training from his mental health provider. The individual may receive skill development services from a developmental disability provider only for skills that are not addressed by the mental health service provider’s plan and that relate directly to the individual’s developmental disability, such as skills related to activities of daily living and functional independence;
(f)  Implement changes to certified family homes pursuant to chapter 35, title 39, Idaho Code, to:
(i)   Create approval criteria and process for approving new certified family homes;
(ii)  Recertify current certified family homes; and
(iii) Develop applicant and licensing fees to cover certifying and recertifying costs; and
(7)  Institutional care services to discharge individuals from institutional settings where such services are no longer necessary.

[56-264, added 2011, ch. 164, sec. 15, p. 473; am. 2012, ch. 107, sec. 12, p. 295; am. 2012, ch. 190, sec. 2, p. 513.]

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