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New Law: Nursing home rate formula changes

Published (7/15/2011)
By Hank Long
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The state and federal human services departments have been working to adapt reimbursement formulas for nursing homes as the population and needs of nursing home residents continue to change. As a result, the federal government recently updated its requirements for resident reimbursement classification formulas at nursing homes.

A new law conforms state statutes to new federal requirements related to case mix classifications and reimbursement rates at nursing homes. Rep. Joe Schomacker (R-Luverne) and Sen. David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) sponsor the legislation, which makes changes to resident reimbursement classification rates.

The new rates will be based on an updated minimum dataset or any new version mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that nursing facilities are required to complete for all residents. The new law also states that the health commissioner shall establish resident classes according to updated resource utilization groups.

Two unrelated provisions are included in the law.

Offered by Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester), one makes technical and clarifying changes to statutes regarding body art technician licensing and inspection.

The other provision, offered by Rep. Morrie Lanning (R-Moorhead), permits counties and the state to contract with facilities in a bordering state for detoxification services for Minnesota residents. It also allows Minnesota detoxification facilities to contract with bordering states to provide services to residents of the bordering states.

The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.

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