SB 609 – West Virginia

Status: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2019

Improving WV Medicaid Program: The purpose of this bill is to create a pilot program within the Department of Health and Human Resources to implement smart health cards for individuals receiving Medicaid healthcare benefits. The smart health card pilot program would (1) promote interoperability of electronic medical record systems between public and private providers, and the Department; (2) increase the quality of care received by Medicaid recipients, and reduce waste, fraud, and abuse within the Medicaid program; (3) reduce unnecessary and redundant medical procedures, including diagnostic testing, and prevent prescription drug abuse by improving real-time availability of electronic medical records and reports from disparate healthcare systems; (4) reduce administrative burdens and improve payment system efficiency for health care providers accepting payments from the Medicaid program; (5) expand patient ownership of, and access to, his or her individual medical records in a personal cloud-based portal; and (6) improve security protections against identity theft and other unlawful uses of personal health information.

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