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Subchapter 001 : Green Mountain Care Board(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 9376)
§ 9376. Payment amounts; methods
(a) It is the intent of the General Assembly to ensure payments to health care professionals that are consistent with efficiency, economy, and quality of care and will permit them to provide, on a solvent basis, effective and efficient health services that are in the public interest. It is also the intent of the General Assembly to eliminate the shift of costs between the payers of health services to ensure that the amount paid to health care professionals is sufficient to enlist enough providers to ensure that health services are available to all Vermonters and are distributed equitably.
(b)(1) The Board shall set reasonable rates for health care professionals, health care provider bargaining groups created pursuant to section 9409 of this title, manufacturers of prescribed products, medical supply companies, and other companies providing health services or health supplies based on methodologies pursuant to section 9375 of this title, in order to have a consistent reimbursement amount accepted by these persons. In its discretion, the Board may implement rate-setting for different groups of health care professionals over time and need not set rates for all types of health care professionals. In establishing rates, the Board may consider legitimate differences in costs among health care professionals, such as the cost of providing a specific necessary service or services that may not be available elsewhere in the State, and the need for health care professionals in particular areas of the State, particularly in underserved geographic or practice shortage areas.
(2) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to:
(A) limit the ability of a health care professional to accept less than the rate established in subdivision (1) of this subsection (b) from a patient without health insurance or other coverage for the service or services received; or
(B) reduce or limit the covered services offered by Medicare or Medicaid.
(c) The Board shall approve payment methodologies that encourage cost-containment; provision of high-quality, evidence-based health services in an integrated setting; patient self-management; access to primary care health services for underserved individuals, populations, and areas; and healthy lifestyles. Such methodologies shall be consistent with payment reform and with evidence-based practices, and may include fee-for-service payments if the Board determines such payments to be appropriate.
(d) To the extent required to avoid federal antitrust violations and in furtherance of the policy identified in subsection (a) of this section, the Board shall facilitate and supervise the participation of health care professionals and health care provider bargaining groups in the process described in subsection (b) of this section. (Added 2011, No. 48, § 3, eff. May 26, 2011; amended 2015, No. 54, § 8, eff. June 5, 2015.)