New Jersey Modifies Arbitration Process in Out-of-Network Statute

S1777, which passed both the Senate and Assembly, and approved by the Governor on July 29, 2022, amends the “Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act” to revise certain aspects of the arbitration processes established in that Act.

The statute extends the amount of time that the insurance carrier and healthcare provider have to negotiate a settlement in the event of an inadvertent use of out-of-network services from 30 to 60 days, and extends the deadline for the insurance carrier, provider, or covered person to initiate binding arbitration in the event of a failure to reach a settlement from within 30 days of the final offer to within 60 days of the final offer. Finally, the bill requires an arbitrator to include detailed written findings with each decision. The detailed written findings are to be an analysis of the decision including, but not be limited to, information concerning any databases, previous awards, or other documentation or arguments that contributed to the arbitrator’s decision.

New Jersey Establishes Minimum Medicaid Reimbursement Rates for Brain Injuries 3110/S2049

New Jersey approved A3110/S2049, which establishes minimum Medicaid reimbursement rates for brain injury services. Specifically, the bill requires that the Medicaid per diem or encounter reimbursement rates for eligible brain injury services, when such services are provided by an approved brain injury services provider to a Medicaid beneficiary requiring treatment for a brain injury, are to be, at minimum, as follows:

  1. The reimbursement rate for Community Residential Services – Low Supervision provided to a Medicaid beneficiary eligible for brain injury services, currently at $140 a day, is to be equal to the reimbursement rate for Individuals Supports Services - Tier B provided to a Medicaid beneficiary eligible for services provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Human Services (DHS), currently at $169.92 per day;
  2. The reimbursement rate for Community Residential Services – Moderate Supervision provided to a Medicaid beneficiary eligible for brain injury services, currently at $190 a day, is to be equal to the reimbursement rate for Individuals Supports Services - Tier C provided to a Medicaid beneficiary eligible for services provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the DHS, currently at $283.20 a day; and
  3. The reimbursement rate for Community Residential Services – High Supervision provided to a Medicaid beneficiary eligible for brain injury services, currently at $220 a day, is to be equal to the average of the reimbursement rates for Individuals Supports Services – Tiers D and E provided to a Medicaid beneficiary eligible for services provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the DHS, currently at $453.12 a day.

The bill will take effect 30 days after the date of enactment and will apply to services provided on or after the effective date of the bill and to any Medicaid managed care contract executed or renewed on or after the effective date of the bill.