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Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 019 : MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Subchapter 002 : HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 1952)
  • § 1952. General provisions

    (a) The Secretary of Human Services shall adopt rules necessary for the implementation of this subchapter.

    (b) The Department may use not more than one percent of the assessments received under the provisions of this subchapter for necessary administrative expenses associated with this subchapter.

    (c) The budget of any hospital assessed under the provisions of this subchapter that includes a nursing home, home health agency, or physician's office practice shall have its assessment based only on the hospital portion of its budget. The nursing home and home health agency components of the budget shall be assessed separately as provided for in this subchapter.

    (d) No health care provider conducted, maintained, or operated by the U.S. government shall be subject to an assessment levied under the provisions of this subchapter.

    (e) Each assessment imposed pursuant to this subchapter is the liability of the health care provider and no portion thereof shall be charged directly to any patient or resident, but may be treated as a cost of doing business for the purpose of determining rates and charges.

    (f) If a health care provider fails to pay its assessments under this subchapter according to the schedule or a variation thereof adopted by the Commissioner, the Commissioner may, after notice and opportunity for hearing, deduct these assessment arrears and any late-payment penalties from Medicaid payments otherwise due to the provider. The deduction of these assessment arrears may be made in one or more installments on a schedule to be determined by the Commissioner. (Added 1991, No. 94, § 1; amended 1991, No. 253 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 1993, No. 56 § 1, eff. June 3, 1993; 1999, No. 49, § 201; 2005, No. 71, § 284; 2007, No. 190 (Adj. Sess.), § 49, eff. June 6, 2008; 2009, No. 156 (Adj. Sess.), § I.53.)