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TITLE 1ADMINISTRATION
PART 15TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 355REIMBURSEMENT RATES
SUBCHAPTER CREIMBURSEMENT METHODOLOGY FOR NURSING FACILITIES
RULE §355.308Direct Care Staff Rate Component

(a) Direct care staff cost center. This cost center will include compensation for employee and contract labor Registered Nurses (RNs), including Directors of Nursing (DONs) and Assistant Directors of Nursing (ADONs); Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), including DONs and ADONs; medication aides; and nurse aides performing nursing-related duties for Medicaid contracted beds.

  (1) Compensation to be included for these employee staff types is the allowable compensation defined in §355.103(b)(1) of this title (relating to Specifications for Allowable and Unallowable Costs) that is reported as either salaries and/or wages (including payroll taxes and workers' compensation) or employee benefits. Benefits required by §355.103(b)(1)(A)(iii) of this title to be reported as costs applicable to specific cost report line items are not to be included in this cost center.

  (2) Direct care staff who also have administrative duties not related to nursing must properly direct charge their compensation to each type of function performed based upon daily time sheets maintained throughout the entire reporting period.

  (3) Nurse aides must meet the qualifications enumerated under 40 TAC §19.1903 (relating to Required Training of Nurse Aides) to be included in this cost center. Nurse aides include certified nurse aides and nurse aides in training as per 40 TAC §94.3(k) (relating to Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) Requirements).

  (4) Contract labor refers to personnel for whom the contracted provider is not responsible for the payment of payroll taxes (such as FICA, Medicare, and federal and state unemployment insurance) and who perform tasks routinely performed by employees. Allowable contract labor costs are defined in §355.103(b)(3) of this title.

  (5) For facilities receiving supplemental reimbursement for children with tracheostomies requiring daily care as described in §355.307(b)(3)(F) of this title (relating to Reimbursement Setting Methodology), staff required by 40 TAC §19.901(14)(C)(iii) (relating to Quality of Care) performing nursing-related duties for Medicaid contracted beds are included in the direct care staff cost center.

  (6) For facilities receiving supplemental reimbursement for qualifying ventilator-dependent residents as described in §355.307(b)(3)(E) of this title, Registered Respiratory Therapists and Certified Respiratory Therapy Technicians are included in the direct care staff cost center.

  (7) Nursing facility administrators and assistant administrators are not included in the direct care staff cost center.

  (8) Staff members performing more than one function in a facility without a differential in pay between functions are categorized at the highest level of licensure or certification they possess. If this highest level of licensure or certification is not that of an RN, LVN, medication aide, or certified nurse aide, the staff member is not to be included in the direct care staff cost center but rather in the cost center where staff members with that licensure or certification status are typically reported.

  (9) Paid feeding assistants are not included in the direct care staff cost center and are not to be counted toward the staffing requirements described in subsection (j) of this section. Paid feeding assistants are intended to supplement certified nurse aides, not to be a substitute for certified or licensed nursing staff.

(b) Rate year. The standard rate year begins on the first day of September and ends on the last day of August of the following year.

(c) Open enrollment. Open enrollment for the enhanced direct care staff rates will begin on the first day of July and end on the last day of that same July preceding the rate year for which payments are being determined. HHSC notifies providers of open enrollment by electronic mail (e-mail) to an authorized representative per the signature authority designation form applicable to the provider's contract or ownership type. If open enrollment has been postponed or cancelled, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will notify providers by e-mail prior to the first day of July. Should conditions warrant, HHSC may conduct additional enrollment periods during a rate year.

(d) Enrollment contract amendment. An initial enrollment contract amendment is required from each facility choosing to participate in the enhanced direct care staff rate. Participating and nonparticipating facilities may request to modify their enrollment status (i.e., a nonparticipant can request to become a participant, a participant can request to become a nonparticipant, a participant can request to change its enhancement level) during any open enrollment period. Nonparticipants and participants requesting to increase their enrollment levels will be limited to requesting increases of three or fewer enhancement levels during any single open enrollment period unless such limits are waived by HHSC. Requests to modify a facility's enrollment status during an open enrollment period must be received by HHSC Rate Analysis by the last day of the open enrollment period as per subsection (c) of this section. If the last day of the open enrollment period falls on a weekend, a national holiday, or a state holiday, then the first business day following the last day of the open enrollment period is the final day the receipt of the enrollment contract amendment will be accepted. An enrollment contract amendment that is not received by the stated deadline will not be accepted. A facility from which HHSC Rate Analysis has not received an acceptable request to modify their enrollment by the last day of the open enrollment period will continue at the level of participation in effect during the open enrollment period within available funds until the facility notifies HHSC in accordance with subsection (r) of this section that it no longer wishes to participate or until the facility's enrollment is limited in accordance with subsection (i) of this section. If HHSC determines that funds are not available to continue participation at the level of participation in effect during the open enrollment period, facilities will be notified as per subsection (ee) of this section. To be acceptable, an enrollment contract amendment must be completed according to instructions, signed by an authorized representative as per the Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities Services (DADS) signature authority designation form applicable to the provider's contract or ownership type, and be legible.

(e) New facilities. For purposes of this section, for each rate year a new facility is defined as a facility delivering its first day of service to a Medicaid recipient after the first day of the open enrollment period, as defined in subsection (c) of this section, for that rate year. Facilities that underwent an ownership change are not considered new facilities. For purposes of this subsection, an acceptable enrollment contract amendment is defined as a legible enrollment contract amendment that has been completed according to instructions, signed by an authorized representative as per the DADS signature authority designation form applicable to the provider's contract or ownership type, and received by HHSC within 30 days of the notification to the facility by HHSC that such an enrollment contract amendment must be submitted. New facilities will receive the direct care staff base rate as determined in subsection (k) of this section with no enhancements. For new facilities specifying their desire to participate on an acceptable enrollment contract amendment, the direct care staff rate is adjusted as specified in subsection (l) of this section, effective on the first day of the month following receipt by HHSC of the acceptable enrollment contract amendment. If the granting of newly requested enhancements was limited as per subsection (j)(3) of this section during the most recent enrollment, enrollment for new facilities will be subject to that same limitation.

(f) Staffing and Compensation Report submittal requirements.

  (1) Annual Staffing and Compensation Report. For services delivered on or before August 31, 2009, providers must file Staffing and Compensation Reports as follows. All participating facilities will provide HHSC, in a method specified by HHSC, an Annual Staffing and Compensation Report reflecting the activities of the facility while delivering contracted services from the first day of the rate year through the last day of the rate year. This report will be used as the basis for determining compliance with the staffing requirements and recoupment amounts as described in subsection (n) of this section, and as the basis for determining the spending requirements and recoupment amounts as described in subsection (o) of this section. Participating facilities failing to submit an acceptable Annual Staffing and Compensation Report within 60 days of the end of the rate year will be placed on vendor hold until such time as an acceptable report is received and processed by HHSC.

    (A) When a participating facility changes ownership, the prior owner must submit a Staffing and Compensation Report covering the period from the beginning of the rate year to the date recognized by HHSC or its designee as the ownership-change effective date. This report will be used as the basis for determining any recoupment amounts as described in subsections (n) and (o) of this section. The new owner will be required to submit a Staffing and Compensation Report covering the period from the day after the date recognized by HHSC or its designee as the ownership-change effective date to the end of the rate year.

    (B) Participating facilities whose contracts are terminated either voluntarily or involuntarily must submit a Staffing and Compensation Report covering the period from the beginning of the rate year to the date recognized by HHSC or its designee as the contract termination date. This report will be used as the basis for determining any recoupment amounts as described in subsections (n) and (o) of this section.

    (C) Participating facilities who voluntarily withdraw from participation as per subsection (r) of this section must submit a Staffing and Compensation Report within 60 days of the date of withdrawal as determined by HHSC, covering the period from the beginning of the rate year to the date of withdrawal as determined by HHSC. This report will be used as the basis for determining any recoupment amounts as described in subsections (n) and (o) of this section.

    (D) Participating facilities whose cost report year coincides with the state of Texas fiscal year as per §355.105(b)(5) of this title (relating to General Reporting and Documentation Requirements, Methods, and Procedures) are exempt from the requirement to submit a separate Annual Staffing and Compensation Report. For these facilities, their cost report will be considered their Annual Staffing and Compensation Report.

  (2) For services delivered on September 1, 2009, and thereafter, cost reports as described in §355.105(b) of this title will replace the Staffing and Compensation Report with the following exceptions:

    (A) For services delivered from September 1, 2009, to August 31, 2010, participating facilities may be required to submit Transition Staffing and Compensation Reports in addition to required cost reports. The Transition Staffing and Compensation Report reporting period will include those days in calendar years 2009 and 2010 not included in either the 2009 Staffing and Compensation report or the facility's 2010 cost report.

    (B) When a participating facility changes ownership, the prior owner must submit a Staffing and Compensation Report covering the period from the beginning of the facility's cost reporting period to the date recognized by HHSC or its designee as the ownership-change effective date. This report will be used as the basis for determining any recoupment amounts as described in subsections (n) and (o) of this section. The new owner will be required to submit a cost report covering the period from the day after the date recognized by HHSC or its designee as the ownership-change effective date to the end of the facility's fiscal year.

    (C) Participating facilities whose contracts are terminated either voluntarily or involuntarily must submit a Staffing and Compensation Report covering the period from the beginning of the facility's cost reporting period to the date recognized by HHSC or its designee as the contract termination date. This report will be used as the basis for determining any recoupment amounts as described in subsections (n) and (o) of this section.

    (D) Participating facilities who voluntarily withdraw from participation as per subsection (r) of this section must submit a Staffing and Compensation Report within 60 days of the date of withdrawal as determined by HHSC, covering the period from the beginning of the facility's cost reporting period to the date of withdrawal as determined by HHSC. This report will be used as the basis for determining any recoupment amounts as described in subsections (n) and (o) of this section. These facilities must still submit a cost report covering the entire cost reporting period. The cost report will not be used for determining any recoupment amounts.

    (E) For new facilities as defined in subsection (e) of this section, the cost reporting period will begin with the effective date of participation in enhancement.

    (F) Existing facilities which become participants in the enhancement as a result of the open enrollment process described in subsection (c) of this section on any day other than the first day of their fiscal year are required to submit a Staffing and Compensation Report with a reporting period that begins on their first day of participation in the enhancement and ends on the last day of the facility's fiscal year. This report will be used as the basis for determining any recoupment amounts as described in subsections (n) and (o) of Cont'd...

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