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First Substitute S.B. 58

Senator Peter C. Knudson proposes to substitute the following bill:





Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             6      This act imposes a cap on the amount collected through the Nursing Facility Assessment Act.
             7      The act exempts the Utah State Veterans Nursing Home from the assessment. The act
             8      authorizes the Department of Health to set the rate of the assessment by rule. This act
             9      appropriates for the fiscal year 2001-02, $1,300,000 from the Nursing Facilities Account to
             10      the University of Utah Health Science Center to fund Area Health Education Centers. This
             11      act appropriates $1,000,000 in ongoing funds to the Department of Health. This act
             12      coordinates appropriations. This act takes effect July 1, 2001.
             13      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             14      AMENDS:
             15          26-35-103, as last amended by Chapter 209, Laws of Utah 1997
             16          26-35-104, as last amended by Chapter 67, Laws of Utah 2000
             17      This act enacts uncodified material.
             18      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             19          Section 1. Section 26-35-103 is amended to read:
             20           26-35-103. Definitions.
             21          As used in this chapter:
             22          (1) (a) "Nursing facility" means a health care facility described in Section 26-21-2 or an
             23      intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded that is licensed under Section 26-21-13.5 .
             24          (b) "Nursing facility" does not include the Utah State Developmental Center, the Utah
             25      State Veterans Nursing Home, or the Utah State Hospital.

             26          (2) "Patient day" means each calendar day in which an individual patient is admitted to the
             27      nursing facility during a calendar month, even if on a temporary leave of absence from the facility.
             28          Section 2. Section 26-35-104 is amended to read:
             29           26-35-104. Collection, remittance, and payment of nursing facilities assessment.
             30          [(1) An assessment is imposed upon each nursing care facility in the amount of $1.83 per
             31      patient day.]
             32          (1) A uniform, broad-based, monthly rate of assessment based on patient days is imposed
             33      on each nursing care facility in accordance with department rule, which may not exceed
             34      $3,400,000 in the aggregate in any fiscal year.
             35          (2) (a) The assessment imposed by this chapter is due and payable on a monthly basis on
             36      or before the last day of the month next succeeding each monthly period.
             37          (b) The collecting agent for this assessment shall be the department which is vested with
             38      the administration and enforcement of this chapter, including the right to audit records of a nursing
             39      facility related to patient days of care for the facility.
             40          (c) The department shall forward proceeds from the assessment imposed by this chapter
             41      to the state treasurer for deposit in the General Fund as specified in Section 26-35-106 .
             42          (3) Each nursing facility shall, on or before the end of the month next succeeding each
             43      calendar monthly period, file with the department a return for the monthly period, and shall remit
             44      with the return the assessment required by this chapter to be paid for the period covered by the
             45      return.
             46          (4) Each return shall contain information and be in the form the department prescribes by
             47      rule.
             48          (5) The assessment as computed in the return shall be based on the total amount of patient
             49      days during the monthly period.
             50          (6) The department may by rule, extend the time for making returns and paying the
             51      assessment.
             52          (7) Each nursing facility that fails to pay any assessment required to be paid to the state,
             53      within the time required by this chapter, or that fails to file a return as required by this chapter,
             54      shall pay, in addition to the assessment, penalties and interest as provided in Section 26-35-105 .
             55          Section 3. Appropriation.
             56          (1) There is appropriated from the Nursing Facilities Account within the General Fund for

             57      fiscal year 2001-02 only, there is appropriated $1,300,000 of the funds in the restricted account on
             58      June 30, 2001 to the University of Utah Health Science Center.
             59          (2) It is the intent of the Legislature that this appropriation shall be used for expansion of
             60      the Area Health Education Center Program established in Section 26-9-3.
             61          (3) Subject to future budget constraints, there is appropriated as an ongoing appropriation,
             62      $1,000,000 for fiscal year 2001-02 from the General Fund to the Department of Health to replace
             63      funds that had been generated by the nursing facility assessment as provided in this bill.
             64          Section 4. Directions to Division of Finance for Appropriation.
             65          If this bill and S.B. 31, Area Health Education Center Amendments, both pass, it is the
             66      intent of the Legislature that the Division of Finance appropriate $1,300,000 from this bill and not
             67      appropriate $1,300,000 from the General Fund as provided in S.B. 31.
             68          Section 5. Effective date.
             69          This act takes effect on July 1, 2001.

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