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UMass/Health and Human Services Interagency Service Agreements

SECTION 83.   Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the executive office of health and human services pursuant to section 16 of chapter 6A of the general laws, acting in its capacity as the single state agency under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, and other federally assisted programs administered by said secretariat, and as the principal agency for all of the agencies within the secretariat, is authorized to enter into interdepartmental services agreements with the university of Massachusetts medical school to perform such activities as the secretary, in consultation with the comptroller, determines are appropriate and within the scope of the proper administration of said Title XIX and other federal funding provisions to otherwise support the programs and activities of the executive office. Such activities shall include: (1) provision of administrative services, including, but not limited to, activities such as providing the medical expertise to support or administer utilization management activities, determining eligibility based on disability, supporting case management activities and similar initiatives; (2) consulting services related to quality assurance, program evaluation and development, integrity and soundness and project management; and (3) activities and services for the purpose of pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs, third party liability and recouping payments to third parties. Federal reimbursement for any expenditures made by the university of Massachusetts medical school relative to federally-reimbursable services the university provides under said interdepartmental service agreements or other contracts with the executive office of health and human services shall be distributed to the university. The secretary may negotiate contingency fees for activities and services related to the purpose of pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs, and the comptroller shall be directed to certify said fees and pay upon the receipt of such revenue, reimbursement or demonstration of costs avoided; provided however that the secretary shall not pay contingency fees in excess of $40,000,000 for state fiscal year 2007. The secretary of health and human services shall submit to the secretary of administration and finance and the senate and house committees on ways and means a quarterly report detailing the amounts of the agreements, the ongoing and new projects undertaken by the university, the amounts spent on personnel and the amount of federal reimbursement and recoupment payments that the university was able to collect.