7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill makes remuneration for the referral of an individual for substance use disorder
10 treatment an unlawful act.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ makes remuneration for the referral of an individual, including an individual's
14 clinical sample, for substance use disorder treatment a third degree felony;
15 ▸ specifies permissible exceptions; and
16 ▸ coordinates with H.B. 14, Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Patient Brokering.
17 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19 Other Special Clauses:
20 This bill provides a coordination clause.
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
23 62A-2-116, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2016, Chapter 211
24 Utah Code Sections Affected by Coordination Clause:
25 62A-2-116, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2016, Chapter 211
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 62A-2-116 is amended to read:
29 62A-2-116. Violation -- Criminal penalties.
30 (1) (a) A person who owns, establishes, conducts, maintains, manages, or operates a
31 human services program in violation of this chapter is guilty of a class A misdemeanor if the
32 violation endangers or harms the health, welfare, or safety of persons participating in that
34 (b) Conviction in a criminal proceeding does not preclude the office from:
35 (i) assessing a civil penalty or an administrative penalty;
36 (ii) denying, placing conditions on, suspending, or revoking a license; or
37 (iii) seeking injunctive or equitable relief.
38 (2) Any person that violates a provision of this chapter, lawful orders of the office, or
39 rules adopted under this chapter may be assessed a penalty not to exceed the sum of $10,000
40 per violation, in:
41 (a) a judicial civil proceeding; or
42 (b) an administrative action in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative
43 Procedures Act.
44 (3) Assessment of a judicial penalty or an administrative penalty does not preclude the
45 office from:
46 (a) seeking criminal penalties;
47 (b) denying, placing conditions on, suspending, or revoking a license; or
48 (c) seeking injunctive or equitable relief.
49 (4) The office may assess the human services program the cost incurred by the office in
50 placing a monitor.
51 (5) Notwithstanding Subsection (1)(a) and subject to Subsections (1)(b) and (2), an
52 individual is guilty of a third degree felony if the individual knowingly and willfully offers,
53 pays, promises to pay, solicits, or receives any remuneration, including any commission, bonus,
54 kickback, bribe, or rebate, directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, in cash or in kind, or
55 engages in any split-fee arrangement in return for:
56 (a) referring an individual to a person for the furnishing or arranging for the furnishing
57 of any item or service for the treatment of a substance use disorder;
58 (b) receiving a referred individual for the furnishing or arranging for the furnishing of
59 any item or service for the treatment of a substance use disorder; or
60 (c) referring a clinical sample to a person, including a laboratory, for testing that is
61 used toward the furnishing of any item or service for the treatment of a substance use disorder.
62 (6) Subsection (5) does not prohibit:
63 (a) any discount, payment, waiver of payment, or payment practice not prohibited by
64 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1320a-7(b) or regulations made under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1320a-7(b);
65 (b) patient referrals within a practice group;
66 (c) payments by a health insurer who reimburses, provides, offers to provide, or
67 administers health, mental health, or substance use disorder goods or services under a health
68 benefit plan;
69 (d) payments to or by a health care provider, practice group, or substance use disorder
70 treatment program that has contracted with a local mental health authority, a local substance
71 abuse authority, a health insurer, a health care purchasing group, or the Medicare or Medicaid
72 program to provide health, mental health, or substance use disorder services; or
73 (e) payments by a health care provider, practice group, or substance use disorder
74 treatment program to a health, mental health, or substance use disorder information service that
75 provides information upon request and without charge to consumers about providers of health
76 care goods or services to enable consumers to select appropriate providers or facilities, if the
77 information service:
78 (i) does not attempt, through standard questions for solicitation of consumer criteria or
79 through any other means, to steer or lead a consumer to select or consider selection of a
80 particular health care provider, practice group, or substance use disorder treatment program;
81 (ii) does not provide or represent that the information service provides diagnostic or
82 counseling services or assessments of illness or injury and does not make any promises of cure
83 or guarantees of treatment; and
84 (iii) charges and collects fees from a health care provider, practice group, or substance
85 use disorder treatment program participating in information services that:
86 (A) are set in advance;
87 (B) are consistent with the fair market value for those information services; and
88 (C) are not based on the potential value of the goods or services that a health care
89 provider, practice group, or substance use disorder treatment program may provide to a patient.
90 Section 2. Coordinating S.B. 222 with H.B. 14 -- Substantive amendment.
91 If this S.B. 222 and H.B. 14, Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Patient Brokering,
92 both pass and become law, the Legislature intends that the amendments to Section 62A-2-116
93 in this bill supersede the amendments to Section 62A-2-116 in H.B. 14, when the Office of
94 Legislative Research and General Counsel prepares the Utah Code database for publication.
Legislative Review Note
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel