Relating to health care; to create the Alabama Rural Hospital Resource Center, within the University of Alabama at Birmingham; to provide staffing and reporting requirements for the resource center; to create a rural administrative residency program; and to establish the areas in which the resource center may support participating rural hospitals.
(a) The University of Alabama at Birmingham shall establish the Alabama Rural Hospital Resource Center. (b) The purpose of the resource center is to facilitate access to high quality care for rural Alabamians and improve their health by increasing the viability and capabilities of eligible hospitals at no or minimal cost to those hospitals. (c) For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings: (1) ELIGIBLE HOSPITAL. A nonprofit or public rural hospital. (2) RESOURCE CENTER. The Rural Hospital Resource Center of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. (3) RURAL. Located in one of the following: a. An area designated as a shortage area as defined in 42 C.F.R. § 491.5(c) and (d); or b. A rural area as defined by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. (d) The resource center shall do all of the following: (1) Hire necessary staff. (2) Act as a resource for the Alabama Rural Hospital Global Budget Board, which includes providing technical assistance and assisting in the development of global payments. (3) (2) Annually submit a report to the Legislature, State Finance Director, and Medicaid Commissioner regarding the effectiveness of the resource center. The report shall include all of the following: a. The financial improvement of participating hospitals. b. Satisfaction survey results from the management team and board of directors of each participating hospital. c. Improvements in the quality of participating hospitals. d. Improvements in access to care. e. Improvements in health status. (4) (3) Establish a rural administrative residency program by working with the Graduate Program in Health Administration of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and pursuing funding for administrative residents who wish to work in rural health care. (e) The resource center may provide support to participating eligible hospitals in all of the following areas, with priority being given to hospitals participating in the global budget model: areas: (1) Compliance. (2) Coding. (3) Purchasing and supply chain. (4) Quality. (5) Strategic planning. (6) Provider recruitment. (7) Cost report. (8) Insurance. (9) Any other area that furthers the purpose of the resource center.
The obligations imposed by this act shall not be implemented within the University of Alabama at Birmingham until formally approved by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and sufficient funds for the purposes set forth in this act are provided through the Governor or appropriated by the Legislature, and thereafter shall only be implemented to the extent that funds are appropriated.
This act shall become effective immediately following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law. House of Representatives Read for the first time and re- ferred to the House of Representa- tives committee on Urban and Rural Development........................ ....... 22-FEB-18Read for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment ...... ....... 08-MAR-18 Read for the third time and passed as amended......................... ....... 13-MAR-18 Yeas 101, Nays 0, Abstains Jeff Woodard Clerk
|March 21, 2018||S||Pending third reading on day 23 Favorable from Health and Human Services|
|March 21, 2018||S||Read for the second time and placed on the calendar|
|March 15, 2018||S||Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Health and Human Services|
|March 13, 2018||H||Engrossed|
|March 13, 2018||H||Motion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 770|
|March 13, 2018||H||Motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 769|
|March 13, 2018||H||Urban and Rural Development Amendment Offered|
|March 13, 2018||H||Third Reading Passed|
|March 8, 2018||H||Read for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment|
|February 22, 2018||H||Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Urban and Rural Development|