Section 22-6-159

Implementation of article.

(a) The following is the timeline for implementation of this article:

(1) Not later than October 1, 2013, the Medicaid Agency shall establish Medicaid regions.

(2) Not later than October 1, 2014, an organization seeking to become a regional care organization shall have established a governing board and structure as approved by the Medicaid Agency. An organization may receive probationary certification as a regional care organization upon submission of an application for, and demonstration of, a governing board acceptable to the Medicaid Agency. Probationary certification shall expire on October 1, 2016, or a later date established by the Medicaid Agency.

(3) Not later than April 1, 2015, an organization with probationary regional care organization certification shall have demonstrated to Medicaid's approval the ability to establish an adequate medical service delivery network.

(4) Not later than October 1, 2015, an organization with probationary regional care organization certification shall have demonstrated to Medicaid's approval that it has met the solvency and financial requirements for a regional care organization as outlined in this article.

(5) On October 1, 2016, or a later date established by the Medicaid Agency, an organization with probationary regional care organization certification shall demonstrate to Medicaid's approval that it is capable of providing services pursuant to a risk contract.

(b) The timeline and benchmarks in subsection (a) shall not preclude an organization from meeting the timelines and benchmarks at an earlier date.

(c) Failure to meet and maintain any one of the benchmarks in subdivisions (2) to (5), inclusive, shall constitute grounds for termination of a probationary regional care organization certification or full regional care organization certification. The Medicaid Agency shall award full regional care organization certification to an organization with probationary regional care organization certification if the organization timely meets each of those benchmarks. Failure by an organization to timely meet one or more of those benchmarks shall not prevent the Medicaid Agency, at its sole discretion, from granting full regional care organization certification to the organization as long as it has met all of those benchmarks by October 1, 2016, or a later date established by the Medicaid Agency.

(Act 2013-261, p. 686, §10; Act 2016-377, §1.)