|Medicaid Fraud Unit bill moving quickly in House
Engrossed Committee Substitute for S. B. 318 – Transferring Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to Attorney General’s office—is on a fast track. It passed the Senate yesterday and was considered and passed Thursday afternoon by the House Committee on Health and Human Resources. It now goes to the House Finance Committee.
The bombshell in the room Thursday was when Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, testifying in favor of the bill, said the approximately 30 MFCU employees the bill moves to his office Oct. 01 would lose their civil service coverage.
The MFCU is currently in the Office of the Inspector General within the Department of Health and Human Resources. (Department of Health and Human Resources officials said for years Medicaid employees were required to be covered under the merit system. No written justification of that could be found as this newsletter was being published.)
After three years under the AG’s purview, the bill instructs the legislative auditor to study the efficiency of the MFCU.
This was the second time House HHR passed the bill. On Feb. 07, members voted 12-11 to approve HB 2867, which died in the House Judiciary Committee.
Committee okays physician assistant bill
The House Health Committee approved Engrossed S. B. 668, which allows hospital-based physician assistants to practice without a collaborating relationship with a single physician, as is currently the requirement. Physician assistants practicing in a hospital must file practice agreements with the Board of Medicine and may collaborate with more than one physician. Collaborating physicians are not required to be identified in the practice agreement.
The bill should be at passage stage early next week.