MORATORIUM ON SPECIAL CARE UNIT LICENSES: Specifies that for the period beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation, shall not issue any licenses for special care units as defined in GS 131D-4.6 and 16 GS 131E-114, except in situations noted in the provision. The Department is to submit a report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Fiscal Research Division by March 1, 2019.
INCREASE IN PERSONAL CARE SERVICES RATE: Directs that beginning January 1, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance, shall increase to $3.90 the rate paid per 15-minute billing unit for personal care services provided pursuant to Clinical Coverage Policy 3L and for in-home aide, respite care in-home aide, and personal care assistance services provided under the Community Alternatives Program for Children (CAP-C) waiver pursuant to Clinical Coverage Policy 3K-1. This equates to an hourly rate of $15.60.
RETROACTIVE PERSONAL CARE SERVICES PAYMENT: Directs the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance, to amend Section 5.5, Retroactive Prior Approval for PCS, of Clinical Coverage Policy 3L, State Plan Personal Care Services (PCS), to extend the allowable retroactive period for prior approvals for personal care services from 10 days to 30 days upon the same conditions that are currently required for retroactive prior approval of personal care services.
CERTIFICATE OF NEED: The compromise budget does NOT repeal the Certificate of Need Laws program that regulates the placement of new healthcare facilities in the state.