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  H.B. No. 1629
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the development of a quality-based outcome measure for
  the child health plan program and Medicaid regarding certain
  persons with HIV.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 536.003, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subsections (f), (g), and (h) to read as follows:
         (f)  The commission, in coordination with the Department of
  State Health Services, shall develop and implement a quality-based
  outcome measure for the child health plan program and Medicaid to
  annually measure the percentage of child health plan program
  enrollees or Medicaid recipients with HIV infection, regardless of
  age, whose most recent viral load test indicates a viral load of
  less than 200 copies per milliliter of blood.
         (g)  The commission shall include aggregate, nonidentifying
  data collected using the quality-based outcome measure described by
  Subsection (f) in the annual report required by Section 536.008 and
  may include the data in any other report required by this chapter.  
  The commission shall determine the appropriateness of including the
  quality-based outcome measure described by Subsection (f) in the
  quality-based payments and payment systems developed under
  Sections 536.004 and 536.051.
         (h)  In this section, "HIV" has the meaning assigned by
  Section 81.101, Health and Safety Code.
         SECTION 2.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, the Health and Human Services Commission and the
  Department of State Health Services shall develop and implement the
  quality-based outcome measure required by Section 536.003(f),
  Government Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  If before implementing any provision of this Act
  a state agency determines that a waiver or authorization from a
  federal agency is necessary for implementation of that provision,
  the agency affected by the provision shall request the waiver or
  authorization and may delay implementing that provision until the
  waiver or authorization is granted.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1629 was passed by the House on May 4,
  2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 137, Nays 9, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 1629 on May 26, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 140, Nays 4,
  2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1629 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 24, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays
  1.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor