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Outside Section 160
Data Current as of:  9/11/2013

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Inspector General's Audits of Health Safety Net and MassHealth Program

SECTION 160.   Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, in hospital fiscal year 2014, the office of the inspector general may continue to expend funds from the Health Safety Net Trust Fund, established in section 66 of chapter 118E of the General Laws:

(1) to conduct a study and review of the MassHealth program; provided that the study shall include, but not be limited to, a review of the program's eligibility requirements, utilization, claims administration and compliance with federal mandates; provided further that the inspector general shall report any preliminary findings to the secretary of health and human services and the house and senate committees on ways and means on or before October 30, 2013 and issue a final report on or before March 1, 2014; and

(2) for costs associated with maintaining a pool audit unit within the office; provided that the unit shall continue to oversee and examine the practices in all hospitals including, but not limited to, the care of the uninsured and the resulting free charges; provided further that the inspector general shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the results of the audits and any other completed analyses not later than March 1, 2014; and provided further, that for the purposes of these audits, allowable free care services shall be defined under said chapter 118E and any regulations adopted pursuant to that chapter.