HB 765 - Health care network; hospital authorities establish

Georgia House of Representatives - 1995/1996 Sessions

HB 765 - Health care network; hospital authorities establish

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1. Martin  47th           2. Childers  13th          3. Skipper  137th
4. Sinkfield  57th        5. Irvin  45th             6. Jones  71st

House Comm: H&E / Senate Comm: H&HS / House Vote: Yeas 133 Nays 0 Senate Vote: Yeas 47 Nays 0 ---------------------------------------- House Action Senate ---------------------------------------- 2/16/95 Read 1st Time 3/7/95 2/17/95 Read 2nd Time 3/13/95 3/1/95 Favorably Reported 3/13/95 Sub Committee Amend/Sub Am 3/7/95 Read 3rd Time 3/14/95 3/7/95 Passed/Adopted 3/14/95 CSFA Comm/Floor Amend/Sub CAFA 3/15/95 Amend/Sub Agreed To 3/31/95 Sent to Governor 4/19/95 Signed by Governor 406 Act/Veto Number 4/19/95 Effective Date ---------------------------------------- Immediately Transmitted to the Senate Code Sections amended: 31-7-75
HB 765 HB 765/AP H. B. No. 765 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE) By: Representatives Martin of the 47th, Childers of the 13th, Skipper of the 137th, Sinkfield of the 57th, Irvin of the 45th and others A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1- 1 To amend Article 4 of Chapter 7 of Title 31 of the Official 1- 2 Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to county and municipal 1- 3 hospital authorities, so as to provide that hospital 1- 4 authorities shall have the power to establish and operate 1- 5 health care networks; to arrange for the provision of health 1- 6 care services through such networks; to contract with the 1- 7 Department of Medical Assistance for the delivery of health 1- 8 care services in an efficient and cost-effective manner; to 1- 9 undertake other managed health care activities on a prepaid, 1-10 capitation, or other reimbursement basis; to provide for 1-11 limitations to such powers; to provide that any health care 1-12 provider licensed under Chapter 30 of Title 43 shall be 1-13 eligible to apply to become a participating provider under 1-14 such hospital plan or network which provides coverage for 1-15 health care services which are within the lawful scope of 1-16 his or her practice; to provide for construction; to provide 1-17 an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other 1-18 purposes. 1-19 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. 1-20 Article 4 of Chapter 7 of Title 31 of the Official Code of 1-21 Georgia Annotated, relating to county and municipal hospital 1-22 authorities, is amended by striking paragraphs (25) and (26) 1-23 of Code Section 31-7-75, relating to functions and powers of 1-24 hospital authorities, and inserting in lieu thereof new 1-25 paragraphs (25), (26), and (27) to read as follows: 1-26 "(25) To provide financial assistance to individuals for 1-27 the purpose of obtaining educational training in nursing 1-28 or another health care field if such individuals are 1-29 employed by, or are on an authorized leave of absence 1-30 from, such authority or have committed to be employed by 1-31 such authority upon completion of such educational 1-32 training; and to provide services and financial 1-33 assistance to private not for profit not-for-profit 1-34 organizations in the form of grants and loans, with or H. B. No. 765 -1- (Index) HB 765/AP 2- 1 without interest and secured or unsecured at the 2- 2 discretion of such authority, for any purpose related to 2- 3 the provision of health or medical services or related 2- 4 social services to citizens; and 2- 5 (26) To exercise the same powers granted to joint 2- 6 authorities in subsection (f) of Code Section 31-7-72.; 2- 7 and 2- 8 (27) To form and operate, either directly or indirectly, 2- 9 one or more networks of hospitals, physicians, and other 2-10 health care providers and to arrange for the provision 2-11 of health care services through such networks; to 2-12 contract, either directly or through such networks, with 2-13 the Department of Medical Assistance to provide services 2-14 to Medicaid beneficiaries to provide health care 2-15 services in an efficient and cost-effective manner on a 2-16 prepaid, capitation, or other reimbursement basis; and 2-17 to undertake other managed health care activities; 2-18 provided, however, that for purposes of this paragraph 2-19 only and notwithstanding the provisions of Code Section 2-20 33-3-3, as now or hereafter amended, a hospital 2-21 authority shall be permitted to and shall comply with 2-22 the requirements of Chapter 21 of Title 33 to the extent 2-23 that such requirements apply to the activities 2-24 undertaken by the hospital authority pursuant to this 2-25 paragraph. No hospital authority, whether or not it 2-26 exercises the powers authorized by this paragraph, shall 2-27 be relieved of compliance with Article 4 of Chapter 18 2-28 of Title 50, relating to inspection of public records 2-29 unless otherwise authorized by law. Any health care 2-30 provider licensed under Chapter 30 of Title 43 shall be 2-31 eligible to apply to become a participating provider 2-32 under such a hospital plan or network which provides 2-33 coverage for health care services which are within the 2-34 lawful scope of his or her practice, provided that 2-35 nothing contained in this Code section shall be 2-36 construed to require any such hospital plan or network 2-37 to provide coverage for any specific health care 2-38 service." SECTION 2. 2-39 This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the 2-40 Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. H. B. No. 765 -2- (Index) HB 765/AP SECTION 3. 3- 1 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 3- 2 repealed. H. B. No. 765 -3- (Index)

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