Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 102813
   

File Number: 102813 File Type: Discussion Item Status: In Committee
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte
File Name: INMATE HEALTHCARE PROGRAM COST FOLLOW UP Introduced: 12/6/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 12/16/2010 Agenda Item Number:
Notes: TLL- 12/6/2010 Title: INMATE HEALTH CARE PROGRAM COST FOLLOW-UP (DIRECTOR TIM RYAN, MIAMI-DADE CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION AND MELIDA AKITI, VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL/AMBULATORY SERVICES AT JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM)
Indexes: NONE
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte 12/16/2010 1D1 Presented
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Gerald Sanchez read the foregoing discussion item into the record. Mr. Timothy Ryan, Director, Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation, appeared before the Committee and noted that, at the request of the Committee, he met with the Jackson Health System’s administration to review alternatives to offset some of the General Fund cost associated with the Inmate Health Care Program. He informed the Committee members that legal restrictions were imposed pursuant to the Florida Statutes 901.35-“Financial responsibility for medical expenses.” He proceeded to read FS 901.35 into the record as follows: “that the responsibility for paying the expenses of medical care, treatment, hospitalization, and transportation for any person ill, wounded, or otherwise injured during or at the time of arrest for any violation of a state law or a county or municipal ordinance is the responsibility of the person receiving such care, treatment, hospitalization, and transportation. The provider of such services shall seek reimbursement for the expenses incurred in providing medical care, treatment, hospitalization, and transportation from the following sources in the following order: (a) From an insurance company, health care Corporation, or other source, if the prisoner is covered by an insurance policy or subscribes to a health care corporation or other source for those expenses. (b) From the person receiving the medical care, treatment, hospitalization, or transportation. (c) From a financial settlement for the medical care, treatment, hospitalization, or transportation payable or accruing to the injured party. (2) Upon a showing, that reimbursement from the sources listed in subsection (1) is not available; the costs of medical care, treatment, hospitalization, and transportation shall be paid: (a) From the general fund of the county in which the person was arrested, if the arrest was for violation of a state law or county ordinance; or (b) From the municipal general fund, if the arrest was for violation of a municipal ordinance. The responsibility for payment of such medical costs shall exist until an arrested person is released from the custody of the arresting agency. (3) An arrested person who has health insurance, subscribes to a health care corporation, or receives health care benefits from any other source shall assign such benefits to the health care provider.” Mr. Ryan indicated that the outlook was not positive during the review of other possibilities to obtain reimbursement. He noted billing Jackson was difficult in this area because Federal law prohibited it. He stated he and JHS would review and identify inmates with health insurance when they were booked, but some restrictions still existed. Chairwoman Heyman stated that Mr. Ryan should continue to reach out to his colleagues to identify the best practices on the cost to provide health care services at MDCR facilities.

County Manager 12/6/2010 Referred Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte 12/16/2010

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