OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-37

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ACCREDITATION OF THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Med. Examiner, Off.

GF - Cost

429,250

539,000

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

125,378

167,171

TOTAL

GF - Cost

554,628

706,171

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) maintain full accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), which results in a state cost $554,628 in FY 18 and $706,171 in FY 19. This reflects partial-year funding (nine months) in FY 18 and annualized funding in FY 19 for two forensic pathologists (annual salaries of $190,000 each) and one IT Analyst I (annual salary of $59,000), as well as Other Expenses account funding ($100,000 in both years). The Other Expenses account primarily supports expenses for laboratory services and testing, body transportation, and medical supplies. The State Comptroller fringe benefit cost for these positions is $125,378 in FY 18 and $167,171 in FY 19.

OCME has been downgraded to provisional status by NAME. The agency has until September 2017 to show sufficient progress in correcting deficiencies to be eligible for full re-accreditation. Currently, there are seven OCME forensic pathologists. The average pathologist caseload has risen from approximately 243 autopsies/pathologist in 2014 to approximately 337/pathologist in 2016. There is one filled Informational Technology (IT) Analyst II position. Positions are reflected to address deficiencies related to inadequate staffing.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation and agency caseloads.

Sources:

Deficiency Hearing Testimony, 4/10/2017

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 38.08% of payroll in FY 18 and FY 19.