as introduced - 81st Legislature (1999 - 2000) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to human services; allowing a nursing 1.3 facility's employee pension benefit costs to be 1.4 treated as PERA contributions; amending Minnesota 1.5 Statutes 1999 Supplement, section 256B.431, 1.6 subdivision 28. 1.7 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.8 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1999 Supplement, section 1.9 256B.431, subdivision 28, is amended to read: 1.10 Subd. 28. [NURSING FACILITY RATE INCREASES BEGINNING JULY 1.11 1, 1999, AND JULY 1, 2000.] (a) For the rate years beginning 1.12 July 1, 1999, and July 1, 2000, the commissioner shall make 1.13 available to each nursing facility reimbursed under this section 1.14 or section 256B.434 an adjustment to the total operating payment 1.15 rate. For each facility, total operating costs shall be 1.16 separated into costs that are compensation related and all other 1.17 costs. Compensation-related costs include salaries, payroll 1.18 taxes, and fringe benefits for all employees except management 1.19 fees, the administrator, and central office staff. 1.20 (b) For the rate year beginning July 1, 1999, the 1.21 commissioner shall make available a rate increase for 1.22 compensation-related costs of 4.843 percent and a rate increase 1.23 for all other operating costs of 3.446 percent. 1.24 (c) For the rate year beginning July 1, 2000, the 1.25 commissioner shall make available a rate increase for 1.26 compensation-related costs of 3.632 percent and a rate increase 2.1 for all other operating costs of 2.585 percent. 2.2 (d) The payment rate adjustment for each nursing facility 2.3 must be determined under clause (1) or (2): 2.4 (1) for each nursing facility that reports salaries for 2.5 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, aides, orderlies, 2.6 and attendants separately, the commissioner shall determine the 2.7 payment rate adjustment using the categories specified in 2.8 paragraph (a) multiplied by the rate increases specified in 2.9 paragraph (b) or (c), and then dividing the resulting amount by 2.10 the nursing facility's actual resident days. In determining the 2.11 amount of a payment rate adjustment for a nursing facility 2.12 reimbursed under section 256B.434, the commissioner shall 2.13 determine the proportions of the facility's rates that are 2.14 compensation-related costs and all other operating costs based 2.15 on the facility's most recent cost report; and 2.16 (2) for each nursing facility that does not report salaries 2.17 for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, aides, 2.18 orderlies, and attendants separately, the payment rate 2.19 adjustment shall be computed using the facility's total 2.20 operating costs, separated into the categories specified in 2.21 paragraph (a) in proportion to the weighted average of all 2.22 facilities determined under clause (1), multiplied by the rate 2.23 increases specified in paragraph (b) or (c), and then dividing 2.24 the resulting amount by the nursing facility's actual resident 2.25 days. 2.26 (e) A nursing facility may apply for the 2.27 compensation-related payment rate adjustment calculated under 2.28 this subdivision. The application must be made to the 2.29 commissioner and contain a plan by which the nursing facility 2.30 will distribute the compensation-related portion of the payment 2.31 rate adjustment to employees of the nursing facility. For 2.32 nursing facilities in which the employees are represented by an 2.33 exclusive bargaining representative, an agreement negotiated and 2.34 agreed to by the employer and the exclusive bargaining 2.35 representative constitutes the plan. The commissioner shall 2.36 review the plan to ensure that the payment rate adjustment per 3.1 diem is used as provided in paragraphs (a) to (c). To be 3.2 eligible, a facility must submit its plan for the compensation 3.3 distribution by December 31 each year. A facility may amend its 3.4 plan for the second rate year by submitting a revised plan by 3.5 December 31, 2000. If a facility's plan for compensation 3.6 distribution is effective for its employees after July 1 of the 3.7 year that the funds are available, the payment rate adjustment 3.8 per diem shall be effective the same date as its plan. 3.9 (f) A copy of the approved distribution plan must be made 3.10 available to all employees. This must be done by giving each 3.11 employee a copy or by posting it in an area of the nursing 3.12 facility to which all employees have access. If an employee 3.13 does not receive the compensation adjustment described in their 3.14 facility's approved plan and is unable to resolve the problem 3.15 with the facility's management or through the employee's union 3.16 representative, the employee may contact the commissioner at an 3.17 address or phone number provided by the commissioner and 3.18 included in the approved plan. 3.19 (g) If the reimbursement system under section 256B.435 is 3.20 not implemented until July 1, 2001, the salary adjustment per 3.21 diem authorized in subdivision 2i, paragraph (c), shall continue 3.22 until June 30, 2001. 3.23 (h) For the rate year beginning July 1, 1999, the following 3.24 nursing facilities shall be allowed a rate increase equal to 67 3.25 percent of the rate increase that would be allowed if 3.26 subdivision 26, paragraph (a), was not applied: 3.27 (1) a nursing facility in Carver county licensed for 33 3.28 nursing home beds and four boarding care beds; 3.29 (2) a nursing facility in Faribault county licensed for 159 3.30 nursing home beds on September 30, 1998; and 3.31 (3) a nursing facility in Houston county licensed for 68 3.32 nursing home beds on September 30, 1998. 3.33 (i) For the rate year beginning July 1, 1999, the following 3.34 nursing facilities shall be allowed a rate increase equal to 67 3.35 percent of the rate increase that would be allowed if 3.36 subdivision 26, paragraphs (a) and (b), were not applied: 4.1 (1) a nursing facility in Chisago county licensed for 135 4.2 nursing home beds on September 30, 1998; and 4.3 (2) a nursing facility in Murray county licensed for 62 4.4 nursing home beds on September 30, 1998. 4.5 (j) For the rate year beginning July 1, 1999, a nursing 4.6 facility in Hennepin county licensed for 134 beds on September 4.7 30, 1998, shall: 4.8 (1) have the prior year's allowable care-related per diem 4.9 increased by $3.93 and the prior year's other operating cost per 4.10 diem increased by $1.69 before adding the inflation in 4.11 subdivision 26, paragraph (d), clause (2); and 4.12 (2) be allowed a rate increase equal to 67 percent of the 4.13 rate increase that would be allowed if subdivision 26, 4.14 paragraphs (a) and (b), were not applied. 4.15 (k) For the rate years beginning on or after July 1, 2000, 4.16 a nursing home facility in Goodhue county that was licensed for 4.17 104 beds on February 1, 2000, shall have its employee pension 4.18 benefit costs reported on its Rule 50 cost report treated as 4.19 PERA contributions for the purpose of computing its payment 4.20 rates.