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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill enacts the Hospital Provider Assessment Act in the health code.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . makes legislative findings;
13 . defines terms;
14 . clarifies the application of the chapter;
15 . establishes the assessment and payment of the hospital provider assessment;
16 . establishes the calculation of the assessment;
17 . provides for quarterly assessment and payment;
18 . establishes a Medicaid inpatient hospital access payment from the division to a
20 . provides for penalties if the hospital provider assessment is not paid;
21 . creates a restricted special revenue fund;
22 . repeals the assessment if certain events occur;
23 . creates a Hospital Policy Review Board to review Medicaid state plan amendments
24 that effect hospital reimbursements;
25 . requires the division to seek approval from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid
26 Services for federal matching based on the hospital provider assessment; and
27 . repeals the hospital provider assessment on July 1, 2013.
28 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
30 Other Special Clauses:
31 This bill has retrospective operation for taxable years beginning on or after January 1,
33 Utah Code Sections Affected:
35 63I-1-226, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 334
37 26-36a-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
38 26-36a-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
39 26-36a-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
40 26-36a-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
41 26-36a-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
42 26-36a-203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
43 26-36a-204, Utah Code Annotated 1953
44 26-36a-205, Utah Code Annotated 1953
45 26-36a-206, Utah Code Annotated 1953
46 26-36a-207, Utah Code Annotated 1953
47 26-36a-208, Utah Code Annotated 1953
48 26-36a-209, Utah Code Annotated 1953
50 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
51 Section 1. Section 26-36a-101 is enacted to read:
54 26-36a-101. Title.
55 This chapter is known as the "Hospital Provider Assessment Act."
56 Section 2. Section 26-36a-102 is enacted to read:
57 26-36a-102. Legislative findings.
58 (1) The Legislature finds that there is an important state purpose to improve the access
59 of Medicaid patients to quality care in Utah hospitals because of continuous decreases in state
60 revenues and increases in enrollment under the Utah Medicaid program.
61 (2) The Legislature finds that in order to improve this access to those persons described
62 in Subsection (1):
63 (a) the rates paid to Utah hospitals must be adequate to encourage and support
64 improved access; and
65 (b) adequate funding must be provided to increase the rates paid to Utah hospitals
66 providing services pursuant to the Utah Medicaid program.
67 Section 3. Section 26-36a-103 is enacted to read:
68 26-36a-103. Definitions.
69 As used in this chapter:
70 (1) "Assessment" means the Medicaid hospital provider assessment established by this
72 (2) "Discharges" means the number of total hospital discharges reported on worksheet
73 S-3, column 15, lines 12, 14, and 14.01 of the Medicare Cost Report for the applicable
74 assessment year.
75 (3) "Division" means the Division of Health Care Financing of the department.
76 (4) "Hospital":
77 (a) means a privately owned:
78 (i) general acute hospital operating in the state as defined in Section 26-21-2 ; and
79 (ii) specialty hospital operating in the state, which shall include a privately owned
80 hospital whose inpatient admissions are predominantly:
81 (A) rehabilitation;
82 (B) psychiatric;
83 (C) chemical dependency; or
84 (D) long-term acute care services; and
85 (b) does not include:
86 (i) a residential care or treatment facility as defined in Section 62A-2-101 ;
87 (ii) a hospital owned by the federal government, including the Veterans Administration
89 (iii) a Shriners hospital that does not charge for its services; or
90 (iv) a hospital that is owned by the state government, a state agency, or a political
91 subdivision of the state, including:
92 (A) a state-owned teaching hospital; and
93 (B) the Utah State Hospital.
94 (5) "Low volume select access hospital" means a hospital that furnished inpatient
95 hospital services during fiscal year 2008 to less than 300 Medicaid cases under the select
96 access program.
97 (6) "Medicare cost report" means CMS-2552-96, the cost report for electronic filing of
99 (7) "Select access cases" means the number of hospital inpatient cases related to
100 individuals enrolled in the state's select access program for 2008.
101 (8) "State plan amendment" means a change or update to the state Medicaid plan.
102 (9) "Upper payment limit" means the maximum ceiling imposed by federal regulation
103 on a hospital Medicaid reimbursement for inpatient services under 42 C.F.R Sec. 447.272.
104 (10) "Upper payment limit gap":
105 (a) means the difference between:
106 (i) the inpatient hospital upper payment limit for hospitals; and
107 (ii) Medicaid payments for inpatient hospital services not financed using hospital
108 assessments paid by all hospitals;
109 (b) shall be calculated separately for hospital inpatient services; and
110 (c) does not include Medicaid disproportionate share payments as part of the
111 calculation for the upper payment limit gap.
112 Section 4. Section 26-36a-201 is enacted to read:
114 26-36a-201. Application of chapter.
115 (1) Other than for the imposition of the assessment described in this chapter, nothing in
116 this chapter shall affect the nonprofit or tax exempt status of any nonprofit charitable, religious,
117 or educational health care provider under:
118 (a) Section 501(c), as amended, of the Internal Revenue Code;
119 (b) other applicable federal law;
120 (c) any state law;
121 (d) any ad valorem property taxes;
122 (e) any sales or use taxes; or
123 (f) any other taxes, fees, or assessments, whether imposed or sought to be imposed by
124 the state or any political subdivision, county, municipality, district, authority, or any agency or
125 department thereof.
126 (2) For a hospital subject to the assessment imposed by this chapter, and also subject to
127 the corporate franchise or income tax under Title 59, Chapter 7, Corporate Franchise and
128 Income Taxes, all assessments paid under this chapter shall be allowed as a deductible expense
129 under Title 59, Chapter 7, Corporate Franchise and Income Taxes.
130 (3) All assessments paid under this chapter may be included as an allowable cost of a
131 hospital for purposes of any applicable Medicaid reimbursement formula.
132 (4) This chapter does not authorize a political subdivision of the state to:
133 (a) license a hospital for revenue;
134 (b) impose a tax or assessment upon hospitals; or
135 (c) impose a tax or assessment measured by the income or earnings of a hospital.
136 Section 5. Section 26-36a-202 is enacted to read:
137 26-36a-202. Assessment, collection, and payment of hospital provider assessment.
138 (1) A uniform, broad based, assessment is imposed on each hospital as defined in
139 Subsection 26-36a-103 (4)(a):
140 (a) in the amount designated in Section 26-36a-203 ; and
141 (b) in accordance with Section 26-36a-204 , beginning when the division has obtained
142 approval from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and provided notice of the
143 assessment to the hospital.
144 (2) (a) The assessment imposed by this chapter is due and payable on a quarterly basis
145 in accordance with Section 26-36a-204 .
146 (b) The collecting agent for this assessment is the department which is vested with the
147 administration and enforcement of this chapter, including the right to adopt administrative rules
148 in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, necessary to:
149 (i) implement and enforce the provisions of this act; and
150 (ii) audit records of a facility:
151 (A) that is subject to the assessment imposed by this chapter; and
152 (B) does not file a Medicare cost report.
153 (c) The department shall forward proceeds from the assessment imposed by this
154 chapter to the state treasurer for deposit in the restricted special revenue fund as specified in
155 Section 26-36a-207 .
156 (3) The department may, by rule, extend the time for paying the assessment.
157 Section 6. Section 26-36a-203 is enacted to read:
158 26-36a-203. Calculation of assessment.
159 (1) The division shall calculate the inpatient upper payment limit gap for hospitals for
160 each state fiscal year.
161 (2) (a) An annual assessment is imposed on a quarterly basis for each hospital in an
162 amount calculated at a uniform assessment rate for each hospital discharge, in accordance with
163 this section.
164 (b) The uniform assessment rate shall be determined using the total number of hospital
165 discharges for assessed hospitals divided into the total non-federal portion of the upper
166 payment limit gap.
167 (c) Any quarterly changes to the uniform assessment rate must be applied uniformly to
168 all assessed hospitals.
169 (d) The annual uniform assessment rate may not generate more than the non-federal
170 share of the annual upper payment limit gap for each applicable fiscal year.
171 (3) (a) For state fiscal years 2010 and 2011, discharges shall be determined using the
172 data from each hospital's Medicare Cost Report contained in the Centers for Medicare and
173 Medicaid Services' Healthcare Cost Report Information System file as of April 1, 2009 for
174 hospital fiscal years ending between October 1, 2007, and September 30, 2008.
175 (b) If a hospital's fiscal year Medicare Cost Report is not contained in the Centers for
176 Medicare and Medicaid Services' Healthcare Cost Report Information System file dated March
177 31, 2009:
178 (i) the hospital shall submit to the division a copy of the hospital's Medicare Cost
179 Report with a fiscal year end between October 1, 2007, and September 30, 2008; and
180 (ii) the division shall determine the hospital's discharges from the information
181 submitted under Subsection (3)(b)(i).
182 (c) If a hospital started operations after the due date for a 2007 Medicare Cost Report:
183 (i) the hospital shall submit to the division a copy of the hospital's most recent
184 complete year Medicare Cost Report; and
185 (ii) the division shall determine the hospital's discharges from the information
186 submitted under Subsection (3)(c)(i).
187 (d) If a hospital is not certified by the Medicare program and is not required to file a
188 Medicare Cost Report:
189 (i) the hospital shall submit to the division its applicable fiscal year discharges with
190 supporting documentation;
191 (ii) the division shall determine the hospital's discharges from the information
192 submitted under Subsection (3)(d)(i); and
193 (iii) the failure to submit discharge information under Subsections (3)(d)(i) and (ii)
194 shall result in an audit of the hospital's records by the department and the imposition of a
195 penalty equal to 5% of the calculated assessment.
196 (4) (a) For state fiscal year 2012 and 2013, discharges shall be determined using the
197 data from each hospital's Medicare Cost Report contained in the Centers for Medicare and
198 Medicaid Services' Healthcare Cost Report Information System file as of:
199 (i) for state fiscal year 2012, September 30, 2010, for hospital fiscal years ending
200 between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2009; and
201 (ii) for state fiscal year 2013, September 30, 2011, for hospital fiscal years ending
202 between October 1, 2009, and September 30, 2010.
203 (b) If a hospital's fiscal year Medicare Cost Report is not contained in the Centers for
204 Medicare and Medicaid Services' Healthcare Cost Report Information System file:
205 (i) the hospital shall submit to the division a copy of the hospital's Medicare Cost
206 Report applicable to the assessment year; and
207 (ii) the division shall determine the hospital's discharges.
208 (c) If a hospital is not certified by the Medicare program and is not required to file a
209 Medicare Cost Report:
210 (i) the hospital shall submit to the division its applicable fiscal year discharges with
211 supporting documentation;
212 (ii) the division shall determine the hospital's discharges from the information
213 submitted under Subsection (4)(c)(i); and
214 (iii) the failure to submit discharge information shall result in an audit of the hospital's
215 records and a penalty equal to 5% of the calculated assessment.
216 (5) Except as provided in Subsection (6), if a hospital is owned by an organization that
217 owns more than one hospital in the state:
218 (a) the assessment for each hospital shall be separately calculated by the department;
220 (b) each separate hospital shall pay the assessment imposed by this chapter.
221 (6) Notwithstanding the requirement of Subsection (5), if multiple hospitals use the
222 same Medicaid provider number:
223 (a) the department shall calculate the assessment in the aggregate for the hospitals
224 using the same Medicaid provider number; and
225 (b) the hospitals may pay the assessment in the aggregate.
226 (7) (a) The assessment formula imposed by this section, and the inpatient access
227 payments under Section 26-36a-205 , shall be adjusted in accordance with Subsection (7)(b) if a
228 hospital, for any reason, does not meet the definition of a hospital subject to the assessment
229 under Section 26-36a-103 for the entire fiscal year.
230 (b) The department shall adjust the assessment payable to the department under this
231 chapter for a hospital that is not subject to the assessment for an entire fiscal year by
232 multiplying the annual assessment calculated under Subsection (3) or (4) by a fraction, the
233 numerator of which is the number of days during the year that the hospital operated, and the
234 denominator of which is 365.
235 (c) A hospital described in Subsection (7)(a):
236 (i) that is ceasing to operate in the state, shall pay any assessment owed to the
237 department immediately upon ceasing to operate in the state; and
238 (ii) shall receive Medicaid inpatient hospital access payments under Section
239 26-36a-205 for the state fiscal year, adjusted using the same formula described in Subsection
241 (8) A hospital that is subject to payment of the assessment at the beginning of a state
242 fiscal year, but during the state fiscal year experiences a change in status so that it no longer
243 falls under the definition of a hospital subject to the assessment in Section 26-36a-204 , shall:
244 (a) not be required to pay the hospital assessment beginning on the date established by
245 the department by administrative rule; and
246 (b) not be entitled to Medicaid inpatient hospital access payments under Section
247 26-36a-205 on the date established by the department by administrative rule.
248 Section 7. Section 26-36a-204 is enacted to read:
249 26-36a-204. Quarterly notice -- Collection.
250 (1) (a) The division shall submit to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services:
251 (i) the payment methodology for the assessment imposed by this chapter; and
252 (ii) if necessary, a waiver under 42 C.F.R. Sec. 433.68.
253 (b) When the division receives notice of approval of the assessment and access
254 payments under this chapter from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the division
255 shall, within 45 days of the notice from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services,
256 provide a hospital that is subject to the assessment notice of:
257 (i) the approval of the assessment methodology from the Center for Medicare and
258 Medicaid Services;
259 (ii) the assessment rate;
260 (iii) the hospital's discharges subject to the assessment; and
261 (iv) the assessment amount owed by the hospital for the applicable fiscal year.
262 (2) The initial quarterly installments of the assessment imposed by this chapter are due
263 and payable if:
264 (a) the division has provided notice of the annual assessment under Subsection (1); and
265 (b) the division has made all the quarterly installments of the Medicaid inpatient
266 hospital access payments that were otherwise due under Section 26-36a-205 , consistent with
267 the effective date of the approved state plan amendment.
268 (3) After the initial quarterly installments of the Medicaid inpatient hospital access
269 payments are made by the division, a hospital shall pay to the division the initial quarterly
270 assessments imposed by this chapter within 10 business days. Subsequent quarterly
271 assessments imposed by this chapter shall be paid to the division within 10 business days after
272 the hospital receives its Medicaid inpatient hospital access payment due for the applicable
273 quarter under Section 26-36a-205 .
274 Section 8. Section 26-36a-205 is enacted to read:
275 26-36a-205. Medicaid hospital inpatient access payments.
276 (1) To preserve and improve access to hospitals, the division shall make Medicaid
277 inpatient hospital access payments to hospitals in accordance with this section, Section
278 26-36a-204 , and Subsection 26-36a-203 (7).
279 (2) (a) The Medicaid inpatient hospital access payment amount to a particular hospital
280 shall be established by the division.
281 (b) The aggregate of all hospital's Medicaid inpatient hospital access payments shall
283 (i) equal to the upper payment limit gap for inpatient services for all hospitals; and
284 (ii) designated as the Medicaid inpatient hospital access payment pool.
285 (3) In addition to any other funds paid to hospitals during fiscal years 2010 and 2011
286 for inpatient hospital services to Medicaid patients, a Medicaid hospital inpatient access
287 payment shall be made:
288 (a) for state fiscal years 2010 and 2011:
289 (i) the amount of $825 per Medicaid fee for service day, to a hospital that:
290 (A) was not a specialty hospital; and
291 (B) had less than 300 select access inpatient cases during state fiscal year 2008; and
292 (ii) inpatient hospital access payments as determined by dividing the remaining
293 spending room available in the current year UPL, after offsetting the payments authorized
294 under Subsection (3)(a)(i) by the total 2008 Medicaid inpatient hospital payments, multiplied
295 by the hospital's Medicaid inpatient payments for state fiscal year 2008, exclusive of medical
296 education and Medicaid disproportionate share payments;
297 (b) for state fiscal year 2012, using state fiscal year 2009 paid Medicaid inpatient
298 claims data; and
299 (c) for state fiscal year 2013, using state fiscal year 2010 paid Medicaid inpatient
300 claims data.
301 (4) For both state fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the division shall submit adjustments to
302 the payment rates in Subsection (3)(a) to the Hospital Policy Review Board for their review.
303 (5) Medicaid inpatient hospital access payments shall be made:
304 (a) on a quarterly basis for inpatient hospital services furnished to Medicaid individuals
305 during each quarter; and
306 (b) within 15 days after the end of each quarter.
307 (6) A hospital's Medicaid inpatient access payment shall not be used to offset any other
308 payment by Medicaid for hospital inpatient or outpatient services to Medicaid beneficiaries,
309 including a:
310 (a) fee-for-service payment;
311 (b) per diem payment;
312 (c) hospital inpatient adjustment; or
313 (d) cost settlement payment.
314 (7) A hospital shall not be guaranteed that the hospital's Medicaid inpatient hospital
315 access payments will equal or exceed the amount of the hospital's assessment.
316 Section 9. Section 26-36a-206 is enacted to read:
317 26-36a-206. Penalties and interest.
318 (1) A facility that fails to pay any assessment or file a return as required under this
319 chapter, within the time required by this chapter, shall pay, in addition to the assessment,
320 penalties and interest established by the department.
321 (2) (a) Consistent with Subsection (2)(b), the department shall adopt rules in
322 accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, which establish
323 reasonable penalties and interest for the violations described in Subsection (1).
324 (b) If a hospital fails to timely pay the full amount of a quarterly assessment, the
325 department shall add to the assessment:
326 (i) a penalty equal to 5% of the quarterly amount not paid on or before the due date;
328 (ii) on the last day of each quarter after the due date until the assessed amount and the
329 penalty imposed under Subsection (2)(b)(i) are paid in full, an additional 5% penalty on:
330 (A) any unpaid quarterly assessment; and
331 (B) any unpaid penalty assessment.
332 (c) The division may waive, reduce, or compromise the penalties and interest provided
333 for in this section in the same manner as provided in Subsection 59-1-401 (8).
334 Section 10. Section 26-36a-207 is enacted to read:
335 26-36a-207. Restricted Special Revenue Fund -- Creation -- Deposits.
336 (1) There is created a restricted special revenue fund known as the "Hospital Provider
337 Assessment Special Revenue Fund."
338 (2) The fund shall consist of:
339 (a) the assessments collected by the department under this chapter;
340 (b) any interest and penalties levied with the administration of this chapter; and
341 (c) any other funds received as donations for the restricted fund and appropriations
342 from other sources.
343 (3) The fund shall be separate and distinct from any other special revenue funds.
344 (4) Money in the fund shall be used:
345 (a) to make inpatient hospital access payments under Section 26-36a-205 ; and
346 (b) to reimburse money collected by the division from a hospital through a mistake
347 made under this chapter.
348 (5) The money in the fund is non-lapsing.
349 Section 11. Section 26-36a-208 is enacted to read:
350 26-36a-208. Repeal of assessment.
351 (1) The repeal of the assessment imposed by this chapter shall occur upon the
352 certification by the executive director of the department that the sooner of the following has
354 (a) the effective date of any action by Congress that would disqualify the assessment
355 imposed by this chapter from counting towards state Medicaid funds available to be used to
356 determine the federal financial participation;
357 (b) the effective date of any decision, enactment, or other determination by the
358 Legislature or by any court, officer, department, or agency of the state, or of the federal
359 government that has the effect of:
360 (i) disqualifying the assessment from counting towards state Medicaid funds available
361 to be used to determine federal financial participation for Medicaid matching funds; or
362 (ii) creating for any reason a failure of the state to use the assessments for the Medicaid
363 program as described in this chapter; and
364 (c) the effective date of:
365 (i) an appropriation for any state fiscal year from the General Fund for hospital
366 payments under the state Medicaid program that is less than the amount appropriated for state
367 fiscal year 2011;
368 (ii) the annual revenues of the state General Fund budget return to the level that was
369 appropriated for fiscal year 2008; or
370 (iii) a division change in rules that reduces any of the following below July 1, 2010
372 (A) aggregate hospital inpatient payments;
373 (B) aggregate outpatient payments;
374 (C) adjustment payment rates; or
375 (D) any cost settlement protocol.
376 (2) If the assessment is repealed under Subsection (1), money in the fund that was
377 derived from assessments imposed by this chapter, before the determination made under
378 Subsection (1), shall be disbursed under Section 26-36a-205 to the extent federal matching is
379 not reduced due to the impermissibility of the assessments. Any funds remaining in the special
380 revenue fund shall be refunded to the hospitals in proportion to the amount paid by each
382 Section 12. Section 26-36a-209 is enacted to read:
383 26-36a-209. State plan amendment -- Hospital Policy Review Board.
384 (1) The division shall file with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services a state
385 plan amendment to implement the requirements of this chapter, including the payment of
386 hospital access payments under Section 26-36a-205 no later than 45 days after the effective
387 date of this chapter.
388 (2) If the state plan amendment is not approved by the Center for Medicare and
389 Medicaid Services, the division shall:
390 (a) not implement the assessment imposed under this chapter; and
391 (b) return any assessment fees to the hospitals that paid the fees if assessment fees have
392 been collected.
393 (3) (a) The department shall establish an advisory board that is the Hospital Policy
394 Review Board.
395 (b) The board shall have five members selected as follows:
396 (i) one member appointed by the governor from a list of names submitted by the Utah
397 Hospitals and Health Systems Association;
398 (ii) two members appointed by the president of the Senate from a list of names
399 submitted by the Utah Hospitals and Health Systems Association; and
400 (iii) two members appointed by the speaker of the House from a list of names
401 submitted by the Utah Hospitals and Health Systems Association.
402 (c) Members of the board may not be compensated for their services on the board or
403 receive reimbursement for costs or per diem expenses.
404 (d) If a selection is not made by the governor, the speaker of the House, or the
405 president of the Senate within 60 days after the names are submitted by the Utah Hospitals and
406 Health Systems Association, the member shall be appointed by the Utah Hospitals and Health
407 Systems Association.
408 (e) (i) The board shall review state Medicaid plan amendments or waivers affecting
409 hospital reimbursement between the date of enactment of this chapter and the end of state fiscal
410 year 2013.
411 (ii) A majority of the board is a quorum.
412 (f) The department may not amend the state Medicaid plan or any waiver affecting
413 hospital reimbursement without submitting the amendment or waiver to the board for review.
414 Section 13. Section 63I-1-226 is amended to read:
415 63I-1-226. Repeal dates, Title 26.
416 (1) Title 26, Chapter 9f, Utah Digital Health Service Commission Act, is repealed July
417 1, 2015.
418 (2) Section 26-18-12 , Expansion of 340B drug pricing programs, is repealed July 1,
420 (3) Title 26, Chapter 33a, Utah Health Data Authority Act, is repealed July 1, 2014.
421 (4) Section 26-21-23 , Licensing of non-Medicaid nursing care facility beds, is repealed
422 July 1, 2011.
423 (5) Title 26, Chapter 36a, Hospital Provider and Assessment Act, is repealed July 1,
425 Section 14. Retrospective operation.
426 This bill has retrospective operation for taxable years beginning on or after January 1,
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-9-10 6:14 AM