SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1079
State of Washington
2023 Regular Session
ByHouse Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Thai, Slatter, and Ryu)
READ FIRST TIME 02/03/23.
AN ACT Relating to rapid whole genome sequencing; amending RCW 74.09.520
; creating a new section; and providing an expiration date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
and 2022 c 255 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The term "medical assistance" may include the following care and services subject to rules adopted by the authority or department: (a) Inpatient hospital services; (b) outpatient hospital services; (c) other laboratory and X-ray services; (d) nursing facility services; (e) physicians' services, which shall include prescribed medication and instruction on birth control devices; (f) medical care, or any other type of remedial care as may be established by the secretary or director; (g) home health care services; (h) private duty nursing services; (i) dental services; (j) physical and occupational therapy and related services; (k) prescribed drugs, dentures, and prosthetic devices; and eyeglasses prescribed by a physician skilled in diseases of the eye or by an optometrist, whichever the individual may select; (l) personal care services, as provided in this section; (m) hospice services; (n) other diagnostic, screening, preventive, and rehabilitative services; and (o) like services when furnished to a child by a school district in a manner consistent with the requirements of this chapter. For the purposes of this section, neither the authority nor the department may cut off any prescription medications, oxygen supplies, respiratory services, or other life-sustaining medical services or supplies.
"Medical assistance," notwithstanding any other provision of law, shall not include routine foot care, or dental services delivered by any health care provider, that are not mandated by Title XIX of the social security act unless there is a specific appropriation for these services.
(2) The department shall adopt, amend, or rescind such administrative rules as are necessary to ensure that Title XIX personal care services are provided to eligible persons in conformance with federal regulations.
(a) These administrative rules shall include financial eligibility indexed according to the requirements of the social security act providing for medicaid eligibility.
(b) The rules shall require clients be assessed as having a medical condition requiring assistance with personal care tasks. Plans of care for clients requiring health-related consultation for assessment and service planning may be reviewed by a nurse.
(c) The department shall determine by rule which clients have a health-related assessment or service planning need requiring registered nurse consultation or review. This definition may include clients that meet indicators or protocols for review, consultation, or visit.
(3) The department shall design and implement a means to assess the level of functional disability of persons eligible for personal care services under this section. The personal care services benefit shall be provided to the extent funding is available according to the assessed level of functional disability. Any reductions in services made necessary for funding reasons should be accomplished in a manner that assures that priority for maintaining services is given to persons with the greatest need as determined by the assessment of functional disability.
(4) Effective July 1, 1989, the authority shall offer hospice services in accordance with available funds.
(5) For Title XIX personal care services administered by the department, the department shall contract with area agencies on aging or may contract with a federally recognized Indian tribe under RCW 74.39A.090
(a) To provide case management services to individuals receiving Title XIX personal care services in their own home; and
(b) To reassess and reauthorize Title XIX personal care services or other home and community services as defined in RCW 74.39A.009
in home or in other settings for individuals consistent with the intent of this section:
(i) Who have been initially authorized by the department to receive Title XIX personal care services or other home and community services as defined in RCW 74.39A.009
(ii) Who, at the time of reassessment and reauthorization, are receiving such services in their own home.
(6) In the event that an area agency on aging or federally recognized Indian tribe is unwilling to enter into or satisfactorily fulfill a contract or an individual consumer's need for case management services will be met through an alternative delivery system, the department is authorized to:
(a) Obtain the services through competitive bid; and
(b) Provide the services directly until a qualified contractor can be found.
(7) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, the authority may offer medicare part D prescription drug copayment coverage to full benefit dual eligible beneficiaries.
(8) Effective January 1, 2016, the authority shall require universal screening and provider payment for autism and developmental delays as recommended by the bright futures guidelines of the American academy of pediatrics, as they existed on August 27, 2015. This requirement is subject to the availability of funds.
(9) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, effective January 1, 2018, the authority shall require provider payment for annual depression screening for youth ages twelve through eighteen as recommended by the bright futures guidelines of the American academy of pediatrics, as they existed on January 1, 2017. Providers may include, but are not limited to, primary care providers, public health nurses, and other providers in a clinical setting. This requirement is subject to the availability of funds appropriated for this specific purpose.
(10) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, effective January 1, 2018, the authority shall require provider payment for maternal depression screening for mothers of children ages birth to six months. This requirement is subject to the availability of funds appropriated for this specific purpose.
(11) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, the authority shall:
(a) Allow otherwise eligible reimbursement for the following related to mental health assessment and diagnosis of children from birth through five years of age:
(i) Up to five sessions for purposes of intake and assessment, if necessary;
(ii) Assessments in home or community settings, including reimbursement for provider travel; and
(b) Require providers to use the current version of the DC:0-5 diagnostic classification system for mental health assessment and diagnosis of children from birth through five years of age.
(12)(a) Effective January 1, 2024, the authority shall require provider payment for rapid whole genome sequencing for enrollees up to age one in accordance with medical necessity criteria adopted, and revised as necessary to account for clinical developments, by the authority following consideration of standards developed by the American college of medical genetics and genomics as well as hospitals in Washington that predominantly serve children.
(b) For the purposes of this subsection (12), "rapid whole genome sequencing" means the unbiased sequencing of all deoxyribonucleic acid bases in the genome of a patient and, if for the sole benefit of the patient, a biological parent of such individual for the purpose of determining whether one or more potentially disease-causing genetic variants are present in the genome of the patient or the patient's biological parent. The term includes any analysis, interpretation, and data report derived from such sequencing.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. (1) By January 1, 2024, the Washington state health care authority shall submit to the committees of the legislature with jurisdiction over health policy matters a brief summary of the process used to adopt the medical necessity criteria for rapid whole genome sequencing under RCW 74.09.520(12) and the final medical necessity criteria.
(2) This section expires January 1, 2024.
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