(a) The advisory committee shall establish procedures and requirements regarding participation in the fund, including, but not limited to, the following:

Terms Used In West Virginia Code 16-33-8

  • Advisory committee: means the medical advisory committee to the breast and cervical cancer detection and education program coalition established pursuant to the provisions of section five of this article. See West Virginia Code 16-33-2
  • Bureau: means the state bureau of public health established pursuant to the provisions of article one of this chapter. See West Virginia Code 16-33-2
  • Fund: means the breast and cervical cancer diagnostic and treatment fund. See West Virginia Code 16-33-2
  • Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
  • state: when applied to a part of the United States and not restricted by the context, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories, and the words "United States" also include the said district and territories. See West Virginia Code 2-2-10

(1) Establishing a list of covered services approved for payment through the fund, including (A) diagnostic and treatment services for breast or cervical cancer or a condition suggestive of cancer, and (B) ancillary diagnostic studies which may be authorized only when it is determined by the bureau to be directly related to the confirmation of a diagnosis of cancer or is necessary for treatment planning;

(2) Establishing procedures for emergency admissions or immediate patient entry into the health care system upon a determination that covered services are necessary so as to ensure prompt testing, diagnosis or treatment of breast or cervical cancer.

(3) Setting a limitation on days of service covered by the fund, and authorizing that the number of days for reimbursement be based on the medical condition of the patient and the procedure to be performed;

(4) Reviewing requests and providing authorization for payment of diagnostic or treatment services covered by the fund;

(5) Promulgating rules, in conjunction with the bureau, in accordance with the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code regarding the administration of the fund; and

(6) Submitting annual reports to the state bureau of public health regarding the operation and progress of the fund, the number of patients treated through the fund, and other statistical data as may be required by the bureau.

(b) The advisory committee shall study the possibility of and the cost associated with establishing a fund to provided financial assistance to qualified applicants for diagnostic and treatment services for prostate and colon cancer. The committee shall provide a report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance on or before January 1, 1997.