Section 22-6-224

Medicaid Agency to contract for medical care; enrollment; delivery of services; reimbursement.

(a) Subject to approval of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Medicaid Agency shall enter into contracts with one or more integrated care networks to provide, pursuant to a risk contract under which the Medicaid Agency makes a capitated payment, medical care to Medicaid beneficiaries assigned to the integrated care network. The Medicaid Agency may enter into a contract pursuant to this section only if, in the judgment of the Medicaid Agency, care of Medicaid beneficiaries would be better, more efficient, and less costly than under the then existing care delivery system. Pursuant to the contract, the Medicaid Agency shall set capitation payments for the integrated care network.

(b) The Medicaid Agency shall enroll beneficiaries it designates into an integrated care network consistent with guidance from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

(c) An integrated care network shall provide applicable Medicaid services to Medicaid enrollees directly or by contract with other providers. An integrated care network shall establish an adequate medical service delivery network as determined by the Medicaid Agency. The Medicaid Agency, pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, shall establish by rule the minimum reimbursement rate for providers. The minimum provider reimbursements shall be incorporated into the actuarially sound rate development methodology for an integrated care network. If necessary, the methodology and resulting rates shall be submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for approval.

(Act 2015-322, §6.)