CSSB 219(FIN): "An Act establishing a traumatic or acquired brain injury program and registry within the Department of Health and Social Services; and relating to medical assistance coverage for traumatic or acquired brain injury services."
00 CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 219(FIN) 01 "An Act establishing a traumatic or acquired brain injury program and registry within 02 the Department of Health and Social Services; and relating to medical assistance 03 coverage for traumatic or acquired brain injury services." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. AS 18.15.360(a) is amended to read: 06 (a) The department is authorized to collect, analyze, and maintain databases of 07 information related to 08 (1) risk factors identified for conditions of public health importance; 09 (2) morbidity and mortality rates for conditions of public health 10 importance; 11 (3) community indicators relevant to conditions of public health 12 importance; [AND] 13 (4) longitudinal data on traumatic or acquired brain injury from 14 the registry established under AS 47.80.500(c)(1); and
01 (5) any other data needed to accomplish or further the mission or goals 02 of public health or provide essential public health services and functions. 03 * Sec. 2. AS 47.07.030(b) is amended to read: 04 (b) In addition to the mandatory services specified in (a) of this section and the 05 services provided under (d) of this section, the department may offer only the 06 following optional services: case management services for traumatic or acquired 07 brain injury; case management and nutrition services for pregnant women; personal 08 care services in a recipient's home; emergency hospital services; long-term care 09 noninstitutional services; medical supplies and equipment; advanced nurse practitioner 10 services; clinic services; rehabilitative services for children eligible for services under 11 AS 47.07.063, substance abusers, and emotionally disturbed or chronically mentally ill 12 adults; targeted case management services; inpatient psychiatric facility services for 13 individuals age 65 or older and individuals under age 21; psychologists' services; 14 clinical social workers' services; midwife services; prescribed drugs; physical therapy; 15 occupational therapy; chiropractic services; low-dose mammography screening, as 16 defined in AS 21.42.375(e); hospice care; treatment of speech, hearing, and language 17 disorders; adult dental services; prosthetic devices and eyeglasses; optometrists' 18 services; intermediate care facility services, including intermediate care facility 19 services for the mentally retarded; skilled nursing facility services for individuals 20 under age 21; and reasonable transportation to and from the point of medical care. 21 * Sec. 3. AS 47.07.030 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 22 (e) In this section, 23 (1) "case management services for traumatic or acquired brain injury" 24 means services furnished to assist individuals who reside in a community setting or 25 who are transitioning to a community setting to gain access to needed medical, social, 26 educational, and other available services; 27 (2) "traumatic or acquired brain injury" has the meaning given in 28 AS 47.80.590. 29 * Sec. 4. AS 47.07 is amended by adding a new section to read: 30 Sec. 47.07.046. Traumatic or acquired brain injury services. (a) The 31 department shall provide traumatic or acquired brain injury services under a waiver in
01 accordance with 42 U.S.C. 1396 - 1396p (Title XIX, Social Security Act), this chapter, 02 and regulations adopted under this chapter, if the department has received approval 03 from the federal government and the department has appropriations allocated for the 04 purpose. In addition to the annual assessment required in (b) of this section, the 05 department shall establish in regulation additional standards for eligibility and 06 payment for the services. 07 (b) Before the department may terminate payment for services provided under 08 (a) of this section, the recipient must have had an annual assessment to determine 09 whether the recipient continues to meet the standards established by regulation under 10 (a) of this section. 11 (c) In this section, "traumatic or acquired brain injury" has the meaning given 12 in AS 47.80.590. 13 * Sec. 5. AS 47.80 is amended by adding new sections to read: 14 Article 5A. Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury. 15 Sec. 47.80.500. Statewide traumatic or acquired brain injury program. (a) 16 A statewide traumatic or acquired brain injury program is established in the 17 department for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness and availability of 18 information and services for the prevention and treatment of traumatic or acquired 19 brain injury in the state. The department shall consult and collaborate with state 20 agencies, private nonprofit entities, and other organizations in the state that provide 21 brain injury services in implementing all aspects of the program. 22 (b) The program established under this section must include 23 (1) review and consideration of data collected under (c)(1) of this 24 section; 25 (2) supervision and coordination of services provided to persons with 26 traumatic or acquired brain injury; 27 (3) evaluation of standards pertaining to the treatment, care, and 28 support of persons with traumatic or acquired brain injury; 29 (4) assessment of the availability of acute and long-term treatment, 30 care, and support options in and outside the state for persons with traumatic or 31 acquired brain injury;
01 (5) evaluation of the need for and scope of community services for 02 persons with traumatic or acquired brain injury throughout the state; 03 (6) investigation of the models of service coordination that can be 04 replicated at a local level in the state; 05 (7) coordination and expansion of publicly and privately funded 06 residential and nonresidential acute and long-term services to persons with traumatic 07 or acquired brain injury, including education, referral, and home and community- 08 based services; 09 (8) facilitation of admissions to and discharges from acute and long- 10 term care facilities for the treatment of traumatic or acquired brain injury; 11 (9) identification and description of available treatment and care 12 facilities of all types for persons with traumatic or acquired brain injury based on 13 length of stay, patient capacity, available services, and barriers encountered to 14 community placement after discharge; 15 (10) a plan that describes recommendations for the development of a 16 statewide service delivery continuum of comprehensive rehabilitative, supportive 17 living, and community programs. 18 (c) The department shall 19 (1) establish and implement a traumatic or acquired brain injury 20 registry of information from service providers that includes 21 (A) health status, including age, cause, and severity of injury 22 and region of brain affected; 23 (B) acute recovery period; 24 (C) location of the 25 (i) event that caused the injury; 26 (ii) hospital treating the injury; and 27 (iii) residence of the person with traumatic or acquired 28 brain injury; 29 (D) access to and use of rehabilitation services, including 30 behavioral, vocational, and long-term care services; 31 (E) access to and use of neuropsychological assessment;
01 (F) status of long-term recovery at five-year intervals; 02 (G) financial and social effects on family; 03 (H) cost associated with services; 04 (2) establish standards and recommendations for improvement of 05 prevention, assessment, treatment, and care of persons with traumatic or acquired 06 brain injury in the state; 07 (3) contract with service providers and qualified entities to carry out 08 the purposes of this section; 09 (4) provide a standardized reporting form for use in gathering data for 10 the registry. 11 (d) In (c) of this section, "service provider" means a public or private entity 12 that provides health education, group shelter, or criminal justice services to individuals 13 in the state. 14 Sec. 47.80.590. Definition. In AS 47.80.500 - 47.80.590, "traumatic or 15 acquired brain injury" means an insult from physical force or internal damage to the 16 brain or its coverings, not of a degenerative or congenital nature, that produces an 17 altered mental state and that results in a decrease in cognitive, behavioral, emotional, 18 or physical functioning.