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S.F. No. 358 - Home Care Service Start of Care Evaluations Medical Assistance (MA) Coverage Authorization
Author: Senator Jerry Relph
Prepared By: Liam Monahan, Senate Analyst (651/296-1791)
Date: February 14, 2020


Section 1 (256B.0651, subdivision 1, paragraph (g)) defines “start of care evaluation.”

Section 2 (245B.0651, subdivision 2) includes start of care evaluations as a covered and reimbursable service under medical assistance.

Section 3 (256B.0652, subdivision 3a) requires the commissioner to review available start of care evaluations prior to authorizing home care services.

Section 4 (256B.0652, subdivision 11) permits each home care agency to be reimbursed for a start of care evaluation.

Section 5 (section 256B.0653, subdivision 2) includes start of care evaluations in the definition of “home health agency services.”

Section 6 (256B.0653, subdivision 6) clarifies that start of care evaluations are covered even if they are required by Medicare.

Sections 7 and 8 makes conforming changes.



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