Notice of Intended Action

Nursing facility reimbursement—calculation of per diem for administrative, environmental, and property expenses, 81.6, 81.23

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HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT[441]

Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to decrease in minimum occupancy limitation used for

reimbursement calculation and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Human Services Department hereby proposes to amend Chapter 81, "Nursing Facilities," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 249A.4.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 249A.4 and 2021 Iowa Acts, House File 891, division VII, section 39.

Purpose and Summary

The current rule requires that patient days in nursing facilities for purposes of the calculation of per diem for administrative, environmental, and property expenses shall be the greater of actual patient days or 85 percent of the licensed capacity of the facility. In accordance with 2021 Iowa Acts, House File 891, division VII, section 39, these proposed amendments decrease the minimum occupancy limitation to 70 percent because of concerns that providers will continue to experience a decrease in nursing facility occupancy due to the public health emergency. The cost reports for 2022 fiscal year ending (FYE) will be used in the rebase for state fiscal year (SFY) 2024 rates.

Fiscal Impact

These proposed amendments are for SFY 2024 and SFY 2025, and the cost report data are not yet available. Therefore, the fiscal impact cannot be determined. There will be no impact in SFY 2022 or SFY 2023.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.

Waivers

Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to rule 441—1.8(17A,217).

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on January 4, 2022. Comments should be directed to:

Nancy Freudenberg

Iowa Department of Human Services

Hoover State Office Building, Fifth Floor

1305 East Walnut Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0114

Email: appeals@dhs.state.ia.us

Public Hearing

No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making actions are proposed:

Item 1. Amend subparagraph 81.6(16)"a"(1) as follows:

(1)Non-state-owned nursing facilities. Effective December 1, 2009, patient days for purposes of the computation of administrative, environmental, and property expenses for non-state-owned facilities shall be inpatient days as determined in subrule 81.6(7) or 85 percent of the licensed capacity of the facility, whichever is greater. For the reimbursement period beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2025, patient days for purposes of the computation of administrative, environmental, and property expenses for non-state-owned facilities shall be inpatient days as determined in subrule 81.6(7) or 70 percent of the licensed capacity of the facility, whichever is greater. Patient days for purposes of the computation of all other expenses shall be inpatient days as determined in subrule 81.6(7).

Item 2. Amend numbered paragraph 81.6(16)"h"(9)""1" as follows:

1.Effective December 1, 2009, total patient days shall be determined using the most current submitted financial and statistical report or using the estimated total patient days as reported in the request for the add-on. For purposes of calculating the add-on, total patient days shall be the greater of the estimated annual total patient days or 85 percent of the facility's estimated licensed capacity. For the period beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2025, patient days for purposes of the computation of administrative, environmental, and property expenses for non-state-owned facilities shall be inpatient days or the minimum occupancy of 70 percent of the licensed capacity of the facility, whichever is greater.

Item 3. Amend numbered paragraph 81.6(16)"h"(12)""1" as follows:

1.Effective December 1, 2009, for purposes of recalculating the capital cost per diem instant relief add-on, total patient days shall be based on the greater of the number of actual patient days during the period in which the add-on was paid or 85 percent of the facility's actual licensed bed capacity during the period in which the add-on was paid. For the period beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2025, patient days for purposes of the computation of administrative, environmental, and property expenses for non-state-owned facilities shall be inpatient days or the minimum occupancy of 70 percent of the licensed capacity of the facility, whichever is greater.

Item 4. Amend rule 441—81.6(249A), implementation sentence, as follows:

This rule is intended to implement Iowa Code sections 249A.4 and 249A.16, Iowa Code chapter and chapters 249K, and 2009 Iowa Code Supplement chapter 249L.

Item 5. Amend rule 441—81.23(249A), implementation sentence, as follows:

This rule is intended to implement Iowa Code Supplement section 249A.30A.

Human Services Department

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 1/4/2022.

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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 441-81.23 Rule 441-81.6 Rule 441-81.6(16)"a" Rule 441-81.6(16)"h" Rule 441-81.6(7)

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Iowa Code 249A.16 Iowa Code 249A.30A Iowa Code 249A.4 Iowa Code 249K Iowa Code 249L
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