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TITLE 1ADMINISTRATION
PART 15TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 353MEDICAID MANAGED CARE
SUBCHAPTER ODELIVERY SYSTEM AND PROVIDER PAYMENT INITIATIVES
RULE §353.1303Quality Incentive Payment Program for Nursing Facilities before September 1, 2019
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(a) Introduction. This section establishes the Quality Incentive Payment Program (QIPP) for nursing facilities (NFs) providing services under Medicaid managed care (MC) before September 1, 2019. QIPP is designed to incentivize NFs to improve quality and innovation in the provision of NF services to Medicaid recipients, using the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating System as its measure of success.

(b) Definitions. The following definitions apply when the terms are used in this section. Terms that are used in this and other sections of this subchapter may be defined in §353.1301 of this subchapter (related to General Provisions).

  (1) Baseline--A NF-specific starting measure used as a comparison against NF performance throughout the eligibility period to determine progress in the QIPP Quality Measures.

  (2) Benchmark--The CMS National Average prior to the start of the eligibility period by which a NF's progress with the Quality Measures is determined.

  (3) CHOW application--An application filed with the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) for a NF change of ownership (CHOW).

  (4) DADS--The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services or its successor agency.

  (5) Eligibility period--A period of time for which an eligible and enrolled NF may receive the QIPP amounts described in this section. Each QIPP eligibility period is equal to a state fiscal year (FY) beginning September 1 and ending August 31 of the following year. Eligibility Period One is equal to FY 2018, beginning September 1, 2017, and ending August 31, 2018.

  (6) MCO--A Medicaid managed care organization contracted with HHSC to provide NF services to Medicaid recipients.

  (7) Network nursing facility--A NF that has a contract with an MCO for the delivery of Medicaid covered benefits to the MCO's enrollees.

  (8) Non-state government-owned NF--A network NF where a non-state governmental entity holds the license and is a party to the NF's Medicaid provider enrollment agreement with the state.

  (9) Private NF--A NF that is not owned by a governmental entity.

  (10) Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) Validation Report--A monthly report submitted by a NF, that is eligible for and enrolled in QIPP, to an MCO that demonstrates that the NF has convened a meeting to review the NF's CMS-compliant plan for maintaining and improving safety and quality in the NF.

  (11) Regional Healthcare Partnership (RHP)--A collaboration of interested participants that work collectively to develop and submit to the state a regional plan for health care delivery system reform as defined and established under Chapter 354, Subchapter D, of this title (relating to Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program).

(c) Eligibility for participation in QIPP. A NF is eligible to participate in QIPP if it complies with the requirements described in this subsection for each eligibility period.

  (1) Eligibility Period One. A NF is eligible to participate in QIPP for Eligibility Period One if it meets the following requirements:

    (A) The NF is a non-state government-owned NF.

      (i) The NF must be a non-state government-owned NF with a Medicaid contract effective date of April 1, 2017, or earlier. A NF undergoing a CHOW from privately owned to non-state government owned will only be eligible under this subparagraph if DADS received a completed CHOW application by March 2, 2017, and all required documents pertaining to the CHOW (i.e., DADS must have a complete application for a change of ownership license as described under 40 TAC §19.201 (relating to Criteria for Licensing), §19.210 (relating to Change of Ownership License), and §19.2308 (relating to Change of Ownership)) by March 31, 2017.

      (ii) The non-state governmental entity that owns the NF must certify the following facts on a form prescribed by HHSC.

        (I) that it is a non-state government-owned NF where a non-state governmental entity holds the license and is party to the facility's Medicaid contract; and

        (II) that all funds transferred to HHSC via an intergovernmental transfer (IGT) for use as the state share of payments are public funds.

      (iii) The NF must have been a participant in the Minimum Payment Amounts Program (MPAP) or must be located in the same RHP as, or within 150 miles of, the non-state governmental entity taking ownership of the facility. This geographic proximity criterion does not apply to NFs that can establish good cause for an exception to this criterion.

    (B) Private NFs. The NF must have a percentage of Medicaid NF days of service that is greater than or equal to the private NF QIPP eligibility cut-off point. The private NF QIPP eligibility cut-off point will be equal to the mean percentage of historical Medicaid NF days of service provided under fee-for-service (FFS) and MC by all private NFs plus one standard deviation, as determined by HHSC. For each private NF, the percentage of Medicaid NF days is calculated by summing the NF's Medicaid NF FFS and MC days of service and dividing that sum by the facility's total days of service in all licensed beds. Medicaid hospice days of service are included in the denominator but excluded from the numerator.

  (2) Future eligibility periods. Eligibility requirements for eligibility periods after Eligibility Period One are the same as the requirements under paragraph (1) of this subsection except that the deadlines specified in paragraph (1)(A)(i) of this subsection will be updated by HHSC. Updated deadlines will be shared with all NFs by a date to be determined by HHSC.

(d) Data sources for historical units of service. Historical units of service are used to determine the private NF QIPP eligibility cut-off point, individual private NF QIPP eligibility status, and the distribution of QIPP funds across eligible and enrolled NFs.

  (1) All data sources referred to in this subsection are subject to validation using HHSC auditing processes or procedures as described under §355.106 of this title (relating to Basic Objectives and Criteria for Audit and Desk Review of Cost Reports).

  (2) The data source for the determination of the private NF QIPP eligibility cut-off point is the most recently available, audited Texas Medicaid NF cost report database.

  (3) Data sources for the determination of each private NF's QIPP eligibility status are listed in priority order below. For each eligibility period, the data source must align with the NF's fiscal year that ends no more recently than in the calendar year four years prior to the calendar year within which the eligibility period ends. For example, for the eligibility period ending on August 31, 2018, the data source must align with the NF's 2014 fiscal year or an earlier fiscal year and for the eligibility period ending on August 31, 2019, the data source must align with the NF's 2015 fiscal year or an earlier fiscal year.

    (A) The most recently available Medicaid NF cost report for the private NF. If no Medicaid NF cost report is available, the data source in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph must be used.

    (B) The most recently available Medicaid Direct Care Staff Rate Staffing and Compensation Report for the private NF. If no Medicaid Direct Care Staff Rate Staffing and Compensation Report is available, the data source in subparagraph (C) of this paragraph must be used.

    (C) The most recently available Medicaid NF cost report for a prior owner of the private NF. If no Medicaid NF cost report for a prior owner of the private NF is available, the data source in subparagraph (D) of this paragraph must be used.

    (D) The most recently available Medicaid Direct Care Staff Rate Staffing and Compensation Report for a prior owner of the private NF. If no Medicaid Direct Care Staff Rate Staffing and Compensation Report for a prior owner of the private NF is available, the private NF is not eligible for participation in QIPP.

  (4) Data sources for determination of distribution of QIPP funds across eligible and enrolled NFs. For each eligibility period, the data source must align with the NF's fiscal year that ends no more recently than in the calendar year four years prior to the calendar year within which the eligibility period ends. For example, for the eligibility period ending on August 31, 2018, the data source must align with the NF's 2014 fiscal year or an earlier fiscal year and for the eligibility period ending on August 31, 2019, the data source must align with the NF's 2015 fiscal year or an earlier fiscal year.

    (A) The most recently available Medicaid NF cost report for the NF. If the cost report covers less than a full year, reported values are annualized to represent a full year. If no audited Medicaid NF cost report is available, the data source in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph must be used.

    (B) The most recently available Medicaid Direct Care Staff Rate Staffing and Compensation Report for the NF. If the Staffing and Compensation Report covers less than a full year, reported values are annualized to represent a full year. If no Staffing and Compensation Report is available, the data source in subparagraph (C) of this paragraph is must be used.

    (C) The most recently available Medicaid NF cost report for a prior owner of the NF. If the cost report covers less than a full year, reported values are annualized to represent a full year. If no Medicaid NF cost report for a prior owner of the NF is available, the data source in subparagraph (D) of this paragraph must be used.

    (D) The most recently available Medicaid Direct Care Staff Rate Staffing and Compensation Report for a prior owner of the NF. If the Staffing and Compensation Report covers less than a full year, reported values are annualized to represent a full year.

(e) Participation requirements. As a condition of participation, all NFs participating in QIPP must allow for the following:

  (1) HHSC must be able to access data for the NF from one of the data sources listed in subsection (d) of this section.

  (2) The NF must submit a properly completed enrollment application by the due date determined by HHSC.

  (3) The entity that owns the NF must certify, on a form prescribed by HHSC, that no part of any payment made under the QIPP will be used to pay a contingent fee, consulting fee, or legal fee associated with the NF's receipt of QIPP funds and the certification must be received by HHSC with the enrollment application described in paragraph (2) of this subsection.

  (4) The entity that owns the NF must submit to HHSC, upon demand, copies of contracts it has with third parties that reference the administration of, or payments from, QIPP.

(f) Non-federal share of QIPP payments. The non-federal share of all QIPP payments is funded through IGTs from sponsoring non-state governmental entities. No state general revenue is available to support QIPP.

  (1) HHSC will share suggested IGT responsibilities for the eligibility period with all QIPP eligible and enrolled non-state government-owned NFs on or around May 15 of the calendar year that also contains the first month of the eligibility period. Suggested IGT responsibilities will be based on the maximum dollars to be available under the QIPP program for the eligibility period as determined by HHSC, plus ten percent; forecast STAR+PLUS NF member months for the eligibility period as determined by HHSC; and the distribution of historical Medicaid days of service across non-state government-owned NFs enrolled in QIPP for the eligibility period. HHSC will also share estimated maximum revenues each eligible and enrolled NF could earn under QIPP for the eligibility period with those estimates based on HHSC's suggested IGT responsibilities and an assumption that all enrolled NFs will meet 100 percent of their quality metrics. The purpose of sharing this information is to provide non-state government-owned NFs with information they can use to determine the amount of IGT they wish to transfer.

  (2) Sponsoring governmental entities will determine the amount of IGT they wish to transfer to HHSC for the entire eligibility period and will transfer one-half of that amount by May 31 of the calendar year that also contains the first month of the eligibility period. The second half of the IGT amount will be transferred by November 30 of the calendar year that also contains the first month of the eligibility period.

  (3) Reconciliation. HHSC will reconcile the amount of the non-federal funds actually expended under this section during each eligibility period with the amount of funds transferred to HHSC by the sponsoring governmental entities for that same period using the methodology described in §353.1301(g) of this subchapter.

(g) QIPP capitation rate components. QIPP funds will be paid to MCOs through three new components of the STAR+PLUS NF MC per member per month (PMPM) capitation rates. The MCOs' distribution of QIPP funds to the enrolled NFs will be based on each NF's performance on a set of defined quality metrics.

  (1) Component One.

    (A) The total value of Component One will be equal to 110 percent of the non-federal share of the QIPP program.

    (B) Interim allocation of funds across qualifying non-state government-owned NFs will be proportional, based upon historical Medicaid days of NF service.

    (C) Monthly payments to non-state government-owned NFs will be triggered by the NF's submission to the MCOs of a monthly QAPI Validation Report.

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