(a) There is hereby created in the Governor’s office the California Medical Assistance Commission, for the purpose of contracting with health care delivery systems for the provision of health care services to recipients under the California Medical Assistance program.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the commission created pursuant to subdivision (a) shall continue through June 30, 2012, after which, it shall be dissolved and the term of any commissioner serving at that time shall end.
(1) Upon dissolution of the commission, all powers, duties, and responsibilities of the commission shall be transferred to the Director of Health Care Services.
These powers, duties, and responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to, those exercised in the operation of the selective provider contracting program pursuant to Article 2.6 (commencing with Section 14081).
(2) (A)On July 1, 2012, notwithstanding any other law, employees of the California Medical Assistance Commission as of June 30, 2012, excluding commissioners, shall transfer to the State Department of Health Care Services.
(B) Employees who transfer pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be subject to the same conditions of employment under the department as they were under the California Medical Assistance Commission, including retention of their exempt status, until the diagnosis-related groups payment system described in Section 14105.28 replaces the contract-based payment system described in this article.
(C) (i)Notwithstanding any other law or rule, persons employed by the department who transferred to the department pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be eligible to apply for civil service examinations. Persons receiving passing scores shall have their names placed on lists resulting from these examinations, or otherwise gain eligibility for appointment. In evaluating minimum qualifications, related California Medical Assistance Commission experience shall be considered state civil service experience in a class deemed comparable by the State Personnel Board, based on the duties and responsibilities assigned.
(ii) On the date the diagnosis-related groups payment system described in Section 14105.28 replaces the contract-based system described in this article, employees who transferred to the department pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall transfer to civil service
classifications within the department for which they are eligible.
(3) Upon a determination by the Director of Health Care Services that a payment system based on diagnosis-related groups as described in Section 14105.28 that is sufficient to replace the contract-based payment system described in this article has been developed and implemented, the powers, duties, and responsibilities conferred on the commission and transferred to the Director of Health Care Services shall no longer be exercised, excluding all of the following:
(A) Stabilization payments made or committed from Sections 14166.14 and 14166.19 for services rendered prior to the director’s determination pursuant to this paragraph.
(B) The ability to negotiate and make payments from the Private Hospital Supplemental Fund, established pursuant to Section
14166.12, and the Nondesignated Public Hospital Supplemental Fund, established pursuant to Section 14166.17.
(C) The ability to continue to administer and distribute payments for the Construction and Renovation Reimbursement Program, in accordance with Sections 14085 to 14085.57, inclusive. Notwithstanding any other law, maintaining or negotiating a selective provider contract pursuant to Article 2.6 (commencing with Section 14081) or a contract with a county organized health system shall cease to be a requirement for a hospital’s participation in the Construction and Renovation Reimbursement Program.
(4) Protections afforded to the negotiations and contracts of the commission by the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code) shall be applicable to the negotiations and contracts conducted or entered
into pursuant to this section by the State Department of Health Care Services.
(c) Notwithstanding the rulemaking provisions of Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, or any other provision of law, the State Department of Health Care Services may implement and administer this section by means of provider bulletins or other similar instructions, without taking regulatory action. The authority to implement this section as set forth in this subdivision shall include the authority to give notice by provider bulletin or other similar instruction of a determination made pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) and to modify or supersede existing regulations in Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations that conflict with implementation of this section.