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HF 927

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/11/2019 04:43pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to health; modifying license conditions for swing beds; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 144.562, subdivision 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 144.562, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Eligibility for license condition.

(a) A hospital is not eligible to receive a
license condition for swing beds unless (1) it either has a licensed bed capacity of less than
50 beds defined in the federal Medicare regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, title 42,
section 482.66, or it has a licensed bed capacity of 50 beds or more and has swing beds that
were approved for Medicare reimbursement before May 1, 1985, or it has a licensed bed
capacity of less than 65 beds and the available nursing homes within 50 miles have had, in
the aggregate, an average occupancy rate of 96 percent or higher in the most recent two
years as documented on the statistical reports to the Department of Health; and (2) it is
located in a rural area as defined in the federal Medicare regulations, Code of Federal
Regulations, title 42, section 482.66.

(b) Except for those critical access hospitals established under section 144.1483, clause
(9), and section 1820 of the federal Social Security Act, United States Code, title 42, section
1395i-4, that have an attached nursing home or that owned a nursing home located in the
same municipality as of May 1, 2005, eligible hospitals are allowed a total of deleted text begin2,000deleted text endnew text begin 9,125new text end
days of swing bed use per yearnew text begin as provided in federal lawnew text end. Critical access hospitals that have
an attached nursing home or that owned a nursing home located in the same municipality
as of May 1, 2005, are allowed swing bed use as provided in federal law.

deleted text begin (c) Except for critical access hospitals that have an attached nursing home or that owned
a nursing home located in the same municipality as of May 1, 2005, the commissioner of
health may approve swing bed use beyond 2,000 days as long as there are no Medicare
certified skilled nursing facility beds available within 25 miles of that hospital that are
willing to admit the patient and the patient agrees to the referral being sent to the skilled
nursing facility. Critical access hospitals exceeding 2,000 swing bed days must maintain
documentation that they have contacted skilled nursing facilities within 25 miles to determine
if any skilled nursing facility beds are available that are willing to admit the patient and the
patient agrees to the referral being sent to the skilled nursing facility.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (d) After reaching 2,000 days of swing bed use in a year, an eligible hospital to which
this limit applies may admit six additional patients to swing beds each year without seeking
approval from the commissioner or being in violation of this subdivision. These six swing
bed admissions are exempt from the limit of 2,000 annual swing bed days for hospitals
subject to this limit.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (e) A health care system that is in full compliance with this subdivision may allocate its
total limit of swing bed days among the hospitals within the system, provided that no hospital
in the system without an attached nursing home may exceed 2,000 swing bed days per year.
deleted text end