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as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 08/19/2015 02:29pm

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying exceptions for replacement nursing home
beds; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 144A.071, subdivision 4a.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 144A.071, subdivision 4a, is amended to
read:


Subd. 4a.

Exceptions for replacement beds.

It is in the best interest of the state
to ensure that nursing homes and boarding care homes continue to meet the physical
plant licensing and certification requirements by permitting certain construction projects.
Facilities should be maintained in condition to satisfy the physical and emotional needs
of residents while allowing the state to maintain control over nursing home expenditure
growth.

The commissioner of health in coordination with the commissioner of human
services, may approve the renovation, replacement, upgrading, or relocation of a nursing
home or boarding care home, under the following conditions:

(a) to license or certify beds in a new facility constructed to replace a facility or to
make repairs in an existing facility that was destroyed or damaged after June 30, 1987, by
fire, lightning, or other hazard provided:

(i) destruction was not caused by the intentional act of or at the direction of a
controlling person of the facility;

(ii) at the time the facility was destroyed or damaged the controlling persons of the
facility maintained insurance coverage for the type of hazard that occurred in an amount
that a reasonable person would conclude was adequate;

(iii) the net proceeds from an insurance settlement for the damages caused by the
hazard are applied to the cost of the new facility or repairs;

(iv) the number of licensed and certified beds in the new facility does not exceed the
number of licensed and certified beds in the destroyed facility; and

(v) the commissioner determines that the replacement beds are needed to prevent an
inadequate supply of beds.

Project construction costs incurred for repairs authorized under this clause shall not be
considered in the dollar threshold amount defined in subdivision 2;

(b) to license or certify beds that are moved from one location to another within a
nursing home facility, provided the total costs of remodeling performed in conjunction
with the relocation of beds does not exceed $1,000,000;

(c) to license or certify beds in a project recommended for approval under section
144A.073;

(d) to license or certify beds that are moved from an existing state nursing home to
a different state facility, provided there is no net increase in the number of state nursing
home beds;

(e) to certify and license as nursing home beds boarding care beds in a certified
boarding care facility if the beds meet the standards for nursing home licensure, or in a
facility that was granted an exception to the moratorium under section 144A.073, and if
the cost of any remodeling of the facility does not exceed $1,000,000. If boarding care
beds are licensed as nursing home beds, the number of boarding care beds in the facility
must not increase beyond the number remaining at the time of the upgrade in licensure.
The provisions contained in section 144A.073 regarding the upgrading of the facilities
do not apply to facilities that satisfy these requirements;

(f) to license and certify up to 40 beds transferred from an existing facility owned and
operated by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in the city of St. Paul to a new unit at the
same location as the existing facility that will serve persons with Alzheimer's disease and
other related disorders. The transfer of beds may occur gradually or in stages, provided
the total number of beds transferred does not exceed 40. At the time of licensure and
certification of a bed or beds in the new unit, the commissioner of health shall delicense
and decertify the same number of beds in the existing facility. As a condition of receiving
a license or certification under this clause, the facility must make a written commitment
to the commissioner of human services that it will not seek to receive an increase in its
property-related payment rate as a result of the transfers allowed under this paragraph;

(g) to license and certify nursing home beds to replace currently licensed and certified
boarding care beds which may be located either in a remodeled or renovated boarding care
or nursing home facility or in a remodeled, renovated, newly constructed, or replacement
nursing home facility within the identifiable complex of health care facilities in which the
currently licensed boarding care beds are presently located, provided that the number of
boarding care beds in the facility or complex are decreased by the number to be licensed
as nursing home beds and further provided that, if the total costs of new construction,
replacement, remodeling, or renovation exceed ten percent of the appraised value of
the facility or $200,000, whichever is less, the facility makes a written commitment to
the commissioner of human services that it will not seek to receive an increase in its
property-related payment rate by reason of the new construction, replacement, remodeling,
or renovation. The provisions contained in section 144A.073 regarding the upgrading of
facilities do not apply to facilities that satisfy these requirements;

(h) to license as a nursing home and certify as a nursing facility a facility that is
licensed as a boarding care facility but not certified under the medical assistance program,
but only if the commissioner of human services certifies to the commissioner of health that
licensing the facility as a nursing home and certifying the facility as a nursing facility will
result in a net annual savings to the state general fund of $200,000 or more;

(i) to certify, after September 30, 1992, and prior to July 1, 1993, existing nursing
home beds in a facility that was licensed and in operation prior to January 1, 1992;

(j) to license and certify new nursing home beds to replace beds in a facility acquired
by the Minneapolis Community Development Agency as part of redevelopment activities
in a city of the first class, provided the new facility is located within three miles of the site
of the old facility. Operating and property costs for the new facility must be determined
and allowed under section 256B.431 or 256B.434;

(k) to license and certify up to 20 new nursing home beds in a community-operated
hospital and attached convalescent and nursing care facility with 40 beds on April 21,
1991, that suspended operation of the hospital in April 1986. The commissioner of human
services shall provide the facility with the same per diem property-related payment rate
for each additional licensed and certified bed as it will receive for its existing 40 beds;

(l) to license or certify beds in renovation, replacement, or upgrading projects as
defined in section 144A.073, subdivision 1, so long as the cumulative total costs of the
facility's remodeling projects do not exceed $1,000,000;

(m) to license and certify beds that are moved from one location to another for the
purposes of converting up to five four-bed wards to single or double occupancy rooms
in a nursing home that, as of January 1, 1993, was county-owned and had a licensed
capacity of 115 beds;

(n) to allow a facility that on April 16, 1993, was a 106-bed licensed and certified
nursing facility located in Minneapolis to layaway all of its licensed and certified nursing
home beds. These beds may be relicensed and recertified in a newly constructed teaching
nursing home facility affiliated with a teaching hospital upon approval by the legislature.
The proposal must be developed in consultation with the interagency committee on
long-term care planning. The beds on layaway status shall have the same status as
voluntarily delicensed and decertified beds, except that beds on layaway status remain
subject to the surcharge in section 256.9657. This layaway provision expires July 1, 1998;

(o) to allow a project which will be completed in conjunction with an approved
moratorium exception project for a nursing home in southern Cass County and which is
directly related to that portion of the facility that must be repaired, renovated, or replaced,
to correct an emergency plumbing problem for which a state correction order has been
issued and which must be corrected by August 31, 1993;

(p) to allow a facility that on April 16, 1993, was a 368-bed licensed and certified
nursing facility located in Minneapolis to layaway, upon 30 days prior written notice to
the commissioner, up to 30 of the facility's licensed and certified beds by converting
three-bed wards to single or double occupancy. Beds on layaway status shall have the
same status as voluntarily delicensed and decertified beds except that beds on layaway
status remain subject to the surcharge in section 256.9657, remain subject to the license
application and renewal fees under section 144A.07 and shall be subject to a $100 per bed
reactivation fee. In addition, at any time within three years of the effective date of the
layaway, the beds on layaway status may be:

(1) relicensed and recertified upon relocation and reactivation of some or all of
the beds to an existing licensed and certified facility or facilities located in Pine River,
Brainerd, or International Falls; provided that the total project construction costs related to
the relocation of beds from layaway status for any facility receiving relocated beds may
not exceed the dollar threshold provided in subdivision 2 unless the construction project
has been approved through the moratorium exception process under section 144A.073;

(2) relicensed and recertified, upon reactivation of some or all of the beds within the
facility which placed the beds in layaway status, if the commissioner has determined a
need for the reactivation of the beds on layaway status.

The property-related payment rate of a facility placing beds on layaway status
must be adjusted by the incremental change in its rental per diem after recalculating the
rental per diem as provided in section 256B.431, subdivision 3a, paragraph (c). The
property-related payment rate for a facility relicensing and recertifying beds from layaway
status must be adjusted by the incremental change in its rental per diem after recalculating
its rental per diem using the number of beds after the relicensing to establish the facility's
capacity day divisor, which shall be effective the first day of the month following the
month in which the relicensing and recertification became effective. Any beds remaining
on layaway status more than three years after the date the layaway status became effective
must be removed from layaway status and immediately delicensed and decertified;

(q) to license and certify beds in a renovation and remodeling project to convert 12
four-bed wards into 24 two-bed rooms, expand space, and add improvements in a nursing
home that, as of January 1, 1994, met the following conditions: the nursing home was
located in Ramsey County; had a licensed capacity of 154 beds; and had been ranked
among the top 15 applicants by the 1993 moratorium exceptions advisory review panel.
The total project construction cost estimate for this project must not exceed the cost
estimate submitted in connection with the 1993 moratorium exception process;

(r) to license and certify up to 117 beds that are relocated from a licensed and certified
138-bed nursing facility located in St. Paul to a hospital with 130 licensed hospital beds
located in South St. Paul, provided that the nursing facility and hospital are owned by the
same or a related organization and that prior to the date the relocation is completed the
hospital ceases operation of its inpatient hospital services at that hospital. After relocation,
the nursing facility's status shall be the same as it was prior to relocation. The nursing
facility's property-related payment rate resulting from the project authorized in this
paragraph shall become effective no earlier than April 1, 1996. For purposes of calculating
the incremental change in the facility's rental per diem resulting from this project, the
allowable appraised value of the nursing facility portion of the existing health care facility
physical plant prior to the renovation and relocation may not exceed $2,490,000;

(s) to license and certify two beds in a facility to replace beds that were voluntarily
delicensed and decertified on June 28, 1991;

(t) to allow 16 licensed and certified beds located on July 1, 1994, in a 142-bed
nursing home and 21-bed boarding care home facility in Minneapolis, notwithstanding
the licensure and certification after July 1, 1995, of the Minneapolis facility as a 147-bed
nursing home facility after completion of a construction project approved in 1993 under
section 144A.073, to be laid away upon 30 days' prior written notice to the commissioner.
Beds on layaway status shall have the same status as voluntarily delicensed or decertified
beds except that they shall remain subject to the surcharge in section 256.9657. The
16 beds on layaway status may be relicensed as nursing home beds and recertified at
any time within five years of the effective date of the layaway upon relocation of some
or all of the beds to a licensed and certified facility located in Watertown, provided that
the total project construction costs related to the relocation of beds from layaway status
for the Watertown facility may not exceed the dollar threshold provided in subdivision
2 unless the construction project has been approved through the moratorium exception
process under section 144A.073.

The property-related payment rate of the facility placing beds on layaway status must
be adjusted by the incremental change in its rental per diem after recalculating the rental per
diem as provided in section 256B.431, subdivision 3a, paragraph (c). The property-related
payment rate for the facility relicensing and recertifying beds from layaway status must be
adjusted by the incremental change in its rental per diem after recalculating its rental per
diem using the number of beds after the relicensing to establish the facility's capacity day
divisor, which shall be effective the first day of the month following the month in which
the relicensing and recertification became effective. Any beds remaining on layaway
status more than five years after the date the layaway status became effective must be
removed from layaway status and immediately delicensed and decertified;

(u) to license and certify beds that are moved within an existing area of a facility or
to a newly constructed addition which is built for the purpose of eliminating three- and
four-bed rooms and adding space for dining, lounge areas, bathing rooms, and ancillary
service areas in a nursing home that, as of January 1, 1995, was located in Fridley and had
a licensed capacity of 129 beds;

(v) to relocate 36 beds in Crow Wing County and four beds from Hennepin County
to a 160-bed facility in Crow Wing County, provided all the affected beds are under
common ownership;

(w) to license and certify a total replacement project of up to 49 beds located in
Norman County that are relocated from a nursing home destroyed by flood and whose
residents were relocated to other nursing homes. The operating cost payment rates for
the new nursing facility shall be determined based on the interim and settle-up payment
provisions of Minnesota Rules, part 9549.0057, and the reimbursement provisions of
section 256B.431. Property-related reimbursement rates shall be determined under section
256B.431, taking into account any federal or state flood-related loans or grants provided
to the facility;

(x) to license and certify deleted text begina totaldeleted text endnew text begin to the licensee of a nursing home in Polk County
that was destroyed by flood in 1997
new text end replacement deleted text beginprojectdeleted text endnew text begin projects with a totalnew text end of up to 129
bedsnew text begin, with at least 25 beds to benew text end located in Polk County deleted text beginthat are relocated from a nursing
home destroyed by flood and whose residents were relocated to other nursing homes.
deleted text endnew text begin
and up to 104 beds distributed among up to three other counties. These beds may only
be distributed to counties with fewer than the median number of age intensity adjusted
beds per thousand, as most recently published by the commissioner of human services.
The licensee may combine these beds with beds relocated from other nursing facilities
as provided in section 144A.073, subdivision 3c.
new text end The operating deleted text begincostdeleted text end payment rates for
the new nursing deleted text beginfacilitydeleted text endnew text begin facilitiesnew text end shall be determined based on the interim and settle-up
payment provisions of Minnesota Rules, deleted text beginpart 9549.0057deleted text endnew text begin parts 9549.0010 to 9549.0080new text end,
deleted text beginand the reimbursement provisions of section 256B.431, except that subdivision 26,
paragraphs (a) and (b), shall not apply until the second rate year after the settle-up
cost report is filed. Property-related reimbursement rates shall be determined under
section 256B.431, taking into account any federal or state flood-related loans or grants
provided to the facility;
deleted text endnew text begin or section 256B.431, 256B.434, or 256B.441. Property-related
reimbursement rates shall be determined under section 256B.431, 256B.434, or 256B.441.
If the replacement beds permitted under this paragraph are combined with beds from other
nursing facilities, the rates shall be calculated as the weighted average of rates determined
as provided in this paragraph and under section 256B.441, subdivision 60;
new text end

(y) to license and certify beds in a renovation and remodeling project to convert 13
three-bed wards into 13 two-bed rooms and 13 single-bed rooms, expand space, and
add improvements in a nursing home that, as of January 1, 1994, met the following
conditions: the nursing home was located in Ramsey County, was not owned by a hospital
corporation, had a licensed capacity of 64 beds, and had been ranked among the top 15
applicants by the 1993 moratorium exceptions advisory review panel. The total project
construction cost estimate for this project must not exceed the cost estimate submitted in
connection with the 1993 moratorium exception process;

(z) to license and certify up to 150 nursing home beds to replace an existing 285
bed nursing facility located in St. Paul. The replacement project shall include both the
renovation of existing buildings and the construction of new facilities at the existing
site. The reduction in the licensed capacity of the existing facility shall occur during the
construction project as beds are taken out of service due to the construction process. Prior
to the start of the construction process, the facility shall provide written information to the
commissioner of health describing the process for bed reduction, plans for the relocation
of residents, and the estimated construction schedule. The relocation of residents shall be
in accordance with the provisions of law and rule;

(aa) to allow the commissioner of human services to license an additional 36 beds
to provide residential services for the physically disabled under Minnesota Rules, parts
9570.2000 to 9570.3400, in a 198-bed nursing home located in Red Wing, provided that
the total number of licensed and certified beds at the facility does not increase;

(bb) to license and certify a new facility in St. Louis County with 44 beds
constructed to replace an existing facility in St. Louis County with 31 beds, which has
resident rooms on two separate floors and an antiquated elevator that creates safety
concerns for residents and prevents nonambulatory residents from residing on the second
floor. The project shall include the elimination of three- and four-bed rooms;

(cc) to license and certify four beds in a 16-bed certified boarding care home in
Minneapolis to replace beds that were voluntarily delicensed and decertified on or
before March 31, 1992. The licensure and certification is conditional upon the facility
periodically assessing and adjusting its resident mix and other factors which may
contribute to a potential institution for mental disease declaration. The commissioner of
human services shall retain the authority to audit the facility at any time and shall require
the facility to comply with any requirements necessary to prevent an institution for mental
disease declaration, including delicensure and decertification of beds, if necessary;

(dd) to license and certify 72 beds in an existing facility in Mille Lacs County with
80 beds as part of a renovation project. The renovation must include construction of
an addition to accommodate ten residents with beginning and midstage dementia in a
self-contained living unit; creation of three resident households where dining, activities,
and support spaces are located near resident living quarters; designation of four beds
for rehabilitation in a self-contained area; designation of 30 private rooms; and other
improvements;

(ee) to license and certify beds in a facility that has undergone replacement or
remodeling as part of a planned closure under section 256B.437;

(ff) to license and certify a total replacement project of up to 124 beds located
in Wilkin County that are in need of relocation from a nursing home significantly
damaged by flood. The operating cost payment rates for the new nursing facility shall be
determined based on the interim and settle-up payment provisions of Minnesota Rules,
part 9549.0057, and the reimbursement provisions of section 256B.431. Property-related
reimbursement rates shall be determined under section 256B.431, taking into account any
federal or state flood-related loans or grants provided to the facility;

(gg) to allow the commissioner of human services to license an additional nine beds
to provide residential services for the physically disabled under Minnesota Rules, parts
9570.2000 to 9570.3400, in a 240-bed nursing home located in Duluth, provided that the
total number of licensed and certified beds at the facility does not increase;

(hh) to license and certify up to 120 new nursing facility beds to replace beds in a
facility in Anoka County, which was licensed for 98 beds as of July 1, 2000, provided the
new facility is located within four miles of the existing facility and is in Anoka County.
Operating and property rates shall be determined and allowed under section 256B.431 and
Minnesota Rules, parts 9549.0010 to 9549.0080, or section 256B.434 or 256B.441; or

(ii) to transfer up to 98 beds of a 129-licensed bed facility located in Anoka County
that, as of March 25, 2001, is in the active process of closing, to a 122-licensed bed nonprofit
nursing facility located in the city of Columbia Heights or its affiliate. The transfer is
effective when the receiving facility notifies the commissioner in writing of the number of
beds accepted. The commissioner shall place all transferred beds on layaway status held in
the name of the receiving facility. The layaway adjustment provisions of section 256B.431,
subdivision 30, do not apply to this layaway. The receiving facility may only remove the
beds from layaway for recertification and relicensure at the receiving facility's current
site, or at a newly constructed facility located in Anoka County. The receiving facility
must receive statutory authorization before removing these beds from layaway status, or
may remove these beds from layaway status if removal from layaway status is part of a
moratorium exception project approved by the commissioner under section 144A.073.