Section 2A: New Spending Appropriation Amounts

To provide for certain unanticipated obligations of the commonwealth, to provide for an alteration of purpose for current appropriations, and to meet certain requirements of law, the sums set forth in this section are hereby appropriated from the General Fund unless specifically designated otherwise, for the several purposes and subject to the conditions specified in this section, and subject to laws regulating the disbursement of public funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006. The sums shall be in addition to any amounts previously appropriated and made available for the purposes of these items, provided further, that all funds appropriated in this section shall not revert and shall be available for expenditure until June 30, 2007.

EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

Reserves

1599-2006 For a reserve to fund the additional administrative costs associated with the implementation of this act, including, but not limited to, costs of commonwealth personnel and overtime, contracts, and the purchase of new information technologies as necessary; provided further, that the secretary may transfer from the sum appropriated herein to other items of appropriation and allocations for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 such amounts as are necessary to meet said costs where the amounts otherwise available are insufficient for the purpose, in accordance with a transfer plan which shall be filed in advance with the house and senate committees on ways and means;and provided further, that the secretary may only transfer such amounts to other items of appropriation and allocations within the executive office for administration and finance, the executive office of health and human services, the division of unemployment assistance and the division of insurance; provided further, that the secretary shall transfer not more than $3,000,000 from this item to the division of unemployment assistance to support development and implementation costs associated with carrying out the division’s responsibilities under section 188 of chapter 149 of the General Laws; and provided further that the secretary shall transfer funds from the sum appropriated herein for the cost of the health care quality and cost council in fiscal year 2007 ........................... $10,000,000

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Office of the Secretary

4000-0140 For the operation of the Betsy Lehman center for patient safety and medical error reduction established in section 16E of chapter 6A of the General Laws ............................................. $500,000

4000-0301 For the costs of MassHealth provider and member audit and utilization review activities including, but not limited to, eligibility verification, disability evaluations, provider financial and clinical audits and other initiatives intended to enhance program integrity; provided, that $150,000 shall be expended for MassHealth auditing within the office of the state auditor........................ $1,350,000

Department of Public Health

4513-1111 For an osteoporosis education and prevention program; provided, that the program shall include, but not be limited to: (1) development or identification of educational materials to promote public awareness of the cause of osteoporosis, options for prevention and the value of early detection and possible treatments, including their benefits and risks, to be made available to consumers, particularly targeted to high risk groups; (2) development or identification of professional education programs for health care providers; (3) development and maintenance of a list of current providers of specialized services for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis; and (4) a program for awareness, prevention and treatment of hip fractures ............................................ $100,000

4513-1122 For an ovarian cancer screening, education and treatment program; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs .................................. $200,000

4513-1116 For a renal disease program; provided, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for renal disease programs administered by the National Kidney Foundation of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire, including organ donor awareness, nutritional supplements and early intervention services for those affected with renal disease and those at risk of renal disease ........................... $100,000

4516-0264 For a diabetes screening and outreach program to raise public awareness and provide outreach and education for high risk individuals, including, but not limited to, targeted populations of adolescents and the elderly .......................................... $350,000

4570-1502 For the purposes of implementing a proactive statewide infection prevention and control program; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of public health shall, through its division of health care quality, develop a proactive statewide infection prevention and control program in licensed health care facilities following protocols of the Centers for Disease Control for the purposes of implementation and adherence to infection control practices that are the keys to preventing the transmission of infectious diseases, including respiratory diseases spread by droplet or airborne routes; provided further, that recommended infection control practices shall include, but not be limited to, hand hygiene; standard precautions and transmission-based precautions, including contact, droplet and airborne, and respiratory hygiene; and provided further, that the infection prevention and control program shall include mandatory education in the recommended infection control practices for licensed health care personnel and employees of licensed health care facilities and penalties for individual and institutional noncompliance with Centers for Disease Control protocols ...................................... $1,000,000

4590-1503 For the pediatric palliative care program established in section 24K of chapter 111 of the General Laws ........ $800,000

Summary: 
Contains supplemental spending of $14.4 million related to health reform, including state agency implementation funds and public health programs.