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First Substitute H.B. 366
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends the facility licensing chapter and the medical assistance chapters of the
10 Health Code.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . removes the authority of a Medicaid certified nursing care facility to increase its
14 Medicaid certified bed capacity by 30% without Department of Health oversight;
15 . eliminates bed banking by nursing care facilities for the purpose of Medicaid
17 . requires the Department of Health to adjust the Medicaid reimbursement
18 methodology for nursing care facilities, but protects rural nursing care facilities
19 from some of the adjustments; and
20 . extends the time period for obtaining Medicaid certification for a bed for a nursing
21 care facility providing service to the medically fragile.
22 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
25 This bill provides an immediate effective date.
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 26-18-503, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapters 24 and 306
29 26-18-504, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 170
31 26-21-24, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
34 Section 1. Section 26-18-503 is amended to read:
35 26-18-503. Authorization to renew, transfer, or increase Medicaid certified
37 (1) The division may renew Medicaid certification of a certified program if the
38 program, without lapse in service to Medicaid recipients, has its nursing care facility program
39 certified by the division at the same physical facility as long as the licensed and certified bed
40 capacity at the facility has not been expanded, unless the director has approved additional beds
41 in accordance with Subsection (5).
42 (2) (a) The division may issue a Medicaid certification for a new nursing care facility
43 program if a current owner of the Medicaid certified program transfers its ownership of the
44 Medicaid certification to the new nursing care facility program and the new nursing care
45 facility program meets all of the following conditions:
46 (i) the new nursing care facility program operates at the same physical facility as the
47 previous Medicaid certified program;
48 (ii) the new nursing care facility program gives a written assurance to the director in
49 accordance with Subsection (4); [
50 (iii) the new nursing care facility program receives the Medicaid certification within
51 one year of the date the previously certified program ceased to provide medical assistance to a
52 Medicaid recipient[
53 (iv) the licensed and certified bed capacity at the facility has not been expanded, unless
54 the director has approved additional beds in accordance with Subsection (5).
55 (b) A nursing care facility program that receives Medicaid certification under the
56 provisions of Subsection (2)(a) does not assume the Medicaid liabilities of the previous nursing
57 care facility program if the new nursing care facility program:
58 (i) is not owned in whole or in part by the previous nursing care facility program; or
59 (ii) is not a successor in interest of the previous nursing care facility program.
60 (3) The division may issue a Medicaid certification to a nursing care facility program
61 that was previously a certified program but now resides in a new or renovated physical facility
62 if the nursing care facility program meets all of the following:
63 (a) the nursing care facility program met all applicable requirements for Medicaid
64 certification at the time of closure;
65 (b) the new or renovated physical facility is in the same county or within a five-mile
66 radius of the original physical facility;
67 (c) the time between which the certified program ceased to operate in the original
68 facility and will begin to operate in the new physical facility is not more than three years;
69 (d) if Subsection (3)(c) applies, the certified program notifies the department within 90
70 days after ceasing operations in its original facility, of its intent to retain its Medicaid
72 (e) the provider gives written assurance to the director in accordance with Subsection
73 (4) that no third party has a legitimate claim to operate a certified program at the previous
74 physical facility; and
75 (f) the bed capacity in the physical facility has not been expanded [
77 accordance with Subsection (5).
78 (4) (a) The entity requesting Medicaid certification under Subsections (2) and (3) must
79 give written assurances satisfactory to the director or his designee that:
80 (i) no third party has a legitimate claim to operate the certified program;
81 (ii) the requesting entity agrees to defend and indemnify the department against any
82 claims by a third party who may assert a right to operate the certified program; and
83 (iii) if a third party is found, by final agency action of the department after exhaustion
84 of all administrative and judicial appeal rights, to be entitled to operate a certified program at
85 the physical facility the certified program shall voluntarily comply with Subsection (4)(b).
86 (b) If a finding is made under the provisions of Subsection (4)(a)(iii):
87 (i) the certified program shall immediately surrender its Medicaid certification and
88 comply with division rules regarding billing for Medicaid and the provision of services to
89 Medicaid patients; and
90 (ii) the department shall transfer the surrendered Medicaid certification to the third
91 party who prevailed under Subsection (4)(a)(iii).
92 (5) (a) As provided in Subsection 26-18-502 (2)(b), the director shall issue additional
93 Medicaid certification when requested by a nursing care facility or other interested party if
94 there is insufficient bed capacity with current certified programs in a service area. A
95 determination of insufficient bed capacity shall be based on the nursing care facility or other
96 interested party providing reasonable evidence of an inadequate number of beds in the county
97 or group of counties impacted by the requested Medicaid certification based on:
98 (i) current demographics which demonstrate nursing care facility occupancy levels of at
99 least 90% for all existing and proposed facilities within a prospective three-year period;
100 (ii) current nursing care facility occupancy levels of 90%; or
101 (iii) no other nursing care facility within a 35-mile radius of the nursing care facility
102 requesting the additional certification.
103 (b) In addition to the requirements of Subsection (5)(a), a nursing care facility program
104 must demonstrate by an independent analysis that the nursing care facility can financially
105 support itself at an after tax break-even net income level based on projected occupancy levels.
106 (c) When making a determination to certify additional beds or an additional nursing
107 care facility program under Subsection (5)(a):
108 (i) the director shall consider whether the nursing care facility will offer specialized or
109 unique services that are underserved in a service area;
110 (ii) the director shall consider whether any Medicaid certified beds are subject to a
111 claim by a previous certified program that may reopen under the provisions of Subsections (2)
112 and (3); and
113 (iii) the director may consider how to add additional capacity to the long-term care
114 delivery system to best meet the needs of Medicaid recipients.
115 (6) The department shall adopt administrative rules in accordance with Title 63,
116 Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, to adjust the Medicaid nursing care facility
117 property reimbursement methodology to:
118 (a) beginning July 1, 2008, only pay that portion of the property component of rates,
119 representing actual bed usage by Medicaid clients as a percentage of the greater of:
120 (i) actual occupancy; or
121 (ii) (A) for a nursing care facility other than a facility described in Subsection
122 (6)(a)(ii)(B), 85% of total bed capacity; or
123 (B) for a rural nursing care facility, 65% of total bed capacity; and
124 (b) beginning July 1, 2008, not allow for increases in reimbursement for property
125 values without major renovation or replacement projects as defined by the department by rule.
126 Section 2. Section 26-18-504 is amended to read:
127 26-18-504. Appeals of division decision -- Rulemaking authority -- Application of
129 (1) A decision by the director under this part to deny Medicaid certification for a
130 nursing care facility program or to deny additional bed capacity for an existing certified
131 program is subject to review under the procedures and requirements of Title 63, Chapter 46b,
132 Administrative Procedures Act.
133 (2) The department shall make rules to administer and enforce this part in accordance
134 with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
135 (3) A nursing care facility may receive Medicaid certification under the rules in effect
136 prior to July 1, 2004 if the nursing care facility, prior to May 4, 2004:
137 (a) (i) paid applicable fees to the department; and
140 (4) (a) In the event the department is at risk for a federal disallowance with regard to a
141 Medicaid recipient being served in a nursing care facility program that is not Medicaid
142 certified, the department may grant temporary Medicaid certification to that facility for up to 24
144 (b) (i) The department may extend a temporary Medicaid certification granted to a
145 facility under Subsection (4)(a):
146 (A) for the number of beds in the nursing care facility occupied by a Medicaid
147 recipient; and
148 (B) for the period of time during which the Medicaid recipient resides at the facility.
149 (ii) A temporary Medicaid certification granted under this Subsection (4) is revoked
151 (A) the discharge of the patient from the facility; or
152 (B) the patient no longer residing at the facility for any reason.
153 (c) The department may place conditions on the temporary certification granted under
154 Subsections (4)(a) and (b), such as:
155 (i) not allowing additional admissions of Medicaid recipients to the program; and
156 (ii) not paying for the care of the patient after October 1, 2008, with state only dollars.
157 Section 3. Section 26-21-24 is enacted to read:
158 26-21-24. Prohibition against bed banking by nursing care facilities for Medicaid
160 (1) For purposes of this section:
161 (a) "bed banking" means the designation of a nursing care facility bed as not part of the
162 facility's operational bed capacity; and
163 (b) "nursing care facility" is as defined in Subsection 26-21-23 (1).
164 (2) Beginning July 1, 2008, the department shall, for purposes of Medicaid
165 reimbursement under Chapter 18, Part 1, Medical Assistance Programs, prohibit the banking of
166 nursing care facility beds.
167 Section 4. Effective date.
168 If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
169 upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
170 Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
171 the date of veto override.
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