WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE
2022 REGULAR SESSION
House Bill 4089
By Delegates Rohrbach, D. Jeffries, Tully, Pack, G. Ward, Bates, Rowan, Mallow, Worrell and Hamrick
(Requested by the Committee on Health)
[Introduced January 14, 2022; Referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance then Health and Human Resources]
A BILL to amend and reenact §9-5-20 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to Medicaid coverage for hypertension; requiring benefits be provided; and requiring reimbursement for costs.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 5. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
§9-5-20. Medicaid program; chronic kidney disease and hypertension; evaluation and classification.
(a) Any enrollee in Medicaid who is eligible for services and who has a diagnosis of diabetes or hypertension or, who has a family history of kidney disease, shall receive coverage for an evaluation for chronic kidney disease through routine clinical laboratory assessments of kidney function.
(b) Any enrollee in Medicaid who is eligible for services and who has been diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension or who has a family history of kidney disease and who has received a diagnosis of kidney disease shall be classified as a chronic kidney patient.
(c) The diagnostic criteria used to define chronic kidney disease should be those generally recognized through clinical practice guidelines which identify chronic kidney disease or its complications based on the presence of kidney damage and level of kidney function.
(d) Medicaid providers shall be educated by the Bureau for Public Health in an effort to increase the rate of evaluation and treatment for chronic kidney disease. Providers should be made aware of:
(i) Managing risk factors, which prolong kidney function or delay progression to kidney replacement therapy;
(ii) Managing risk factors for bone disease and cardiovascular disease associated with chronic kidney disease;
(iii) Improving nutritional status of chronic kidney disease patients; and
(iv) Correcting anemia associated with chronic kidney disease.
(e) A Medicaid enrollee, who has a diagnosis of uncontrolled hypertension, is eligible to receive a validated blood pressure monitoring device. The bureau shall amend the State Plan to revise the home blood pressure monitor coverage requirements to include specific requirements for:
(1) Coverage determination for hypertension;
(2) Inclusion of a validated self-measured blood pressure device;
(3) Replacement frequency of self-measured blood pressure device;
(4) Providers should be reimbursed for costs associated with training patients, transmission of blood pressure date, interpretation of readings and costs of delivering co-interventions; and
(5) Reimbursement for self-measured blood pressure device and related services.
(f) The Bureau of Medical Services shall create a policy to enable data integration, storage and transfer, and enable clinical oversight and compliance with this section.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require certain coverage and reimbursement for a person diagnosed with hypertension.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.