(A) As used in this section:
(1) "Federal financial participation" means the federal government's share of expenditures made by an entity in implementing the medicaid program.
(2) "OCHSPS" means the private, not-for-profit corporation known as the Ohio children's hospital solutions for patient safety, which was formed for the purpose of improving pediatric patient care in this state, which performs functions that are included within the functions of a peer review committee as defined in section 2305.25 of the Revised Code, and which consists of all of the following members: Akron children's hospital, Cincinnati children's hospital medical center, Cleveland clinic children's hospital, Dayton children's medical center, mercy children's hospital, nationwide children's hospital, rainbow babies & children's hospital, and Toledo children's hospital.
(B) If, as authorized by section 5101.10 of the Revised Code, the department of job and family services chooses to contract with a person to perform either or both of the following services, it may contract with any qualified person, including OCHSPS, to perform the service or services on the department's behalf:
(1) Review and analyze claims for medical assistance made under this chapter to children in accordance with all state and federal laws governing the confidentiality of patient-identifying information;
(2) Perform quality assurance and quality review functions, other than those described in division (B)(1) of this section, related to medical assistance made under this chapter to children.
The functions specified in division (B)(2) of this section may include those recommended by the best evidence for advancing child health in Ohio now (BEACON) council.
(C) If the department enters into a contract with OCHSPS for OCHSPS to perform either or both of the services described in division (B) of this section, OCHSPS shall, only for purposes of section 5101.11 of the Revised Code, be considered a public entity and the department shall seek federal financial participation for costs incurred by OCHSPS in performing the service or services.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28,HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.