Wednesday (4/26/2021) afternoon, the Senate and Assembly held key budget meetings and took action on several CHC priorities. While there were some promising decisions made, we still have work to do!
SB 316 (Eggman): Same Day Visit
Currently, CHCs may bill for a behavioral health visit or a physical health visit in a 24hour period, but will not be reimbursed for both. This means that patients with a medically necessary behavioral health condition must wait 24 hours before they can be seen for a visit if they already obtained a physical health visit on that same day. This restriction undermines a clinic’s ability to provide or expand behavioral health services that are in even greater demand as a result of this pandemic. SB 316 would ensure that FQHCs and RHCs are adequately compensated for the care they provide and can continue to strengthen care coordination and integration for the millions of patients our systems serve.
Status: Now on the Senate Floor om Special Consent
For more information on the State Budget or sponsored bills please contact Beth Malinowski, Director of Government Affairs, at Beth@healthplusadvocates.org.