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SF 3367

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; providing additional rate adjustments for nursing
facilities and community-based long-term care providers; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 256B.434, subdivision 19; Laws 2007,
chapter 147, article 7, section 71.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 256B.434, subdivision 19,
is amended to read:


Subd. 19.

Nursing facility rate increases beginning October 1, 2007new text begin, and
October 1, 2008
new text end.

(a) For the rate year beginning October 1, 2007, the commissioner
shall make available to each nursing facility reimbursed under this section operating
payment rate adjustments equal to 1.87 percent of the operating payment rates in effect on
September 30, 2007.new text begin For the rate year beginning October 1, 2008, the commissioner shall
make available to each nursing facility reimbursed under this section operating payment
rate adjustments equal to 2.0 percent of the operating payment rates in effect on September
30, 2008. The rate increases effective October 1, 2008, shall be in addition to the operating
rate adjustments facilities receive under the provisions of section 256B.441, and shall be
applied after the October 1, 2008, phase-in of rebased operating cost payments rates
under section 256B.441, subdivision 55.
new text end

(b) Seventy-five percent of the money resulting from the new text beginOctober 1, 2007, new text endrate
adjustment under paragraph (a)new text begin, and ....... percent of the money resulting from the
October 1, 2008, rate adjustment under paragraph (a)
new text end must be used for increases in
compensation-related costs for employees directly employed by the nursing facility on
or after the effective date of the rate adjustment, except:

(1) the administrator;

(2) persons employed in the central office of a corporation that has an ownership
interest in the nursing facility or exercises control over the nursing facility; and

(3) persons paid by the nursing facility under a management contract.

(c) Two-thirds of the money available new text beginfrom the October 1, 2007, rate adjustment
new text endunder paragraph (b) must be used for wage increases for all employees directly employed
by the nursing facility on or after the effective date of the rate adjustment, except those
listed in paragraph (b), clauses (1) to (3). The wage adjustment that employees receive
under this paragraph must be paid as an equal hourly percentage wage increase for all
eligible employees. All wage increases under this paragraph must be effective on the same
date. Only costs associated with the portion of the equal hourly percentage wage increase
that goes to all employees shall qualify under this paragraph. Costs associated with wage
increases in excess of the amount of the equal hourly percentage wage increase provided
to all employees shall be allowed only for meeting the requirements in paragraph (b). This
paragraph shall not apply to employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement.new text begin
This paragraph shall also not apply to the October 1, 2008, rate adjustments received
by nursing facilities under paragraph (a).
new text end

(d) The commissioner shall allow as compensation-related costs all costs for:

(1) wages and salaries;

(2) FICA taxes, Medicare taxes, state and federal unemployment taxes, and workers'
compensation;

(3) the employer's share of health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability
insurance, long-term care insurance, uniform allowance, and pensions; and

(4) other benefits provided, subject to the approval of the commissioner.

(e) The portion of the rate adjustment under paragraph (a) that is not subject to the
requirements in paragraphs (b) and (c) shall be provided to nursing facilities effective
October 1, 2007.

(f) Nursing facilities may apply for the portion of the rate adjustment under
paragraph (a) that is subject to the requirements in paragraphs (b) and (c). The application
must be submitted to the commissioner within six months of the effective date of the
rate adjustment, and the nursing facility must provide additional information required
by the commissioner within nine months of the effective date of the rate adjustment.
The commissioner must respond to all applications within three weeks of receipt.
The commissioner may waive the deadlines in this paragraph under extraordinary
circumstances, to be determined at the sole discretion of the commissioner. The
application must contain:

(1) an estimate of the amounts of money that must be used as specified in paragraphs
(b) and (c);

(2) a detailed distribution plan specifying the allowable compensation-related and
wage increases the nursing facility will implement to use the funds available in clause (1);

(3) a description of how the nursing facility will notify eligible employees of
the contents of the approved application, which must provide for giving each eligible
employee a copy of the approved application, excluding the information required in clause
(1), or posting a copy of the approved application, excluding the information required in
clause (1), for a period of at least six weeks in an area of the nursing facility to which all
eligible employees have access; and

(4) instructions for employees who believe they have not received the
compensation-related or wage increases specified in clause (2), as approved by the
commissioner, and which must include a mailing address, e-mail address, and the
telephone number that may be used by the employee to contact the commissioner or the
commissioner's representative.

(g) The commissioner shall ensure that cost increases in distribution plans under
paragraph (f), clause (2), that may be included in approved applications, comply with the
following requirements:

(1) costs to be incurred during the applicable rate year resulting from wage and
salary increases effective after October 1, 2006, and prior to the first day of the nursing
facility's payroll period that includes October 1, 2007, shall be allowed if they were not
used in the prior year's application;

(2) a portion of the costs resulting from tenure-related wage or salary increases
may be considered to be allowable wage increases, according to formulas that the
commissioner shall provide, where employee retention is above the average statewide
rate of retention of direct care employees;

(3) new text beginfor purposes of the October 1, 2007, rate increase, new text endthe annualized amount of
increases in costs for the employer's share of health and dental insurance, life insurance,
disability insurance, and workers' compensation shall be allowable compensation-related
increases if they are effective on or after April 1, 2007, and prior to April 1, 2008; andnew text begin
for purposes of the October 1, 2008, rate increase, the annualized amount of increases
in costs for the employer's share of health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability
insurance, and workers' compensation shall be allowable compensation-related increases
if they are effective on or after April 1, 2008, and prior to April 1, 2009; and
new text end

(4) for nursing facilities in which employees are represented by an exclusive
bargaining representative, the commissioner shall approve the application only upon
receipt of a letter of acceptance of the distribution plan, in regard to members of the
bargaining unit, signed by the exclusive bargaining agent and dated after May 25, 2007.
Upon receipt of the letter of acceptance, the commissioner shall deem all requirements
of this section as having been met in regard to the members of the bargaining unit.new text begin A
letter of acceptance signed by the exclusive bargaining agent is required with respect to
both the 2007 and 2008 rate adjustments.
new text end

(h) The commissioner shall review applications received under paragraph (f) and
shall provide the portion of the rate adjustment under paragraphs (b) and (c) if the
requirements of this subdivision have been met. The rate adjustment shall be effective
October 1. Notwithstanding paragraph (a), if the approved application distributes less
money than is available, the amount of the rate adjustment shall be reduced so that the
amount of money made available is equal to the amount to be distributed.

Sec. 2.

Laws 2007, chapter 147, article 7, section 71, is amended to read:


Sec. 71. PROVIDER RATE INCREASES.

(a) The commissioner of human services shall increase allocations, reimbursement
rates, or rate limits, as applicable, by 2.0 percent beginning October 1, 2007, and by deleted text begin2.0deleted text endnew text begin
3.0
new text end percent beginning July 1, 2008, effective for services rendered on or after those dates.
County contracts for services specified in this section must be amended to pass through
these rate adjustments within 60 days of the effective date of the increase and must be
retroactive from the effective date of the rate adjustment.

(b) The annual rate increases described in this section must be provided to:

(1) home and community-based waivered services for persons with developmental
disabilities or related conditions, including consumer-directed community supports, under
Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.501;

(2) home and community-based waivered services for the elderly, including
consumer-directed community supports, under Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0915;

(3) waivered services under community alternatives for disabled individuals,
including consumer-directed community supports, under Minnesota Statutes, section
256B.49;

(4) community alternative care waivered services, including consumer-directed
community supports, under Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.49;

(5) traumatic brain injury waivered services, including consumer-directed
community supports, under Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.49;

(6) nursing services and home health services under Minnesota Statutes, section
256B.0625, subdivision 6a;

(7) personal care services and qualified professional supervision of personal care
services under Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0625, subdivision 19a;

(8) private duty nursing services under Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0625,
subdivision 7
;

(9) day training and habilitation services for adults with developmental disabilities
or related conditions under Minnesota Statutes, sections 252.40 to 252.46, including the
additional cost of rate adjustments on day training and habilitation services, provided as a
social service under Minnesota Statutes, section 256M.60
;

(10) alternative care services under Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0913;

(11) adult residential program grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 245.73;

(12) children's community-based mental health services grants and adult community
support and case management services grants under Minnesota Rules, parts 9535.1700
to 9535.1760;

(13) the group residential housing supplementary service rate under Minnesota
Statutes, section 256I.05, subdivision 1a;

(14) adult mental health integrated fund grants under Minnesota Statutes, section
245.4661;

(15) semi-independent living services (SILS) under Minnesota Statutes, section
252.275, including SILS funding under county social services grants formerly funded
under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 256I;

(16) community support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing adults with mental
illness who use or wish to use sign language as their primary means of communication
under Minnesota Statutes, section 256.01, subdivision 2; and deaf and hard-of-hearing
grants under Minnesota Statutes, sections 256C.233 and 256C.25; Laws 1985, chapter 9,
article 1; and Laws 1997, First Special Session chapter 5, section 20;

(17) living skills training programs for persons with intractable epilepsy who need
assistance in the transition to independent living under Laws 1988, chapter 689;

(18) physical therapy services under sections 256B.0625, subdivision 8, and
256D.03, subdivision 4;

(19) occupational therapy services under sections 256B.0625, subdivision 8a, and
256D.03, subdivision 4;

(20) speech-language therapy services under section 256D.03, subdivision 4, and
Minnesota Rules, part 9505.0390;

(21) respiratory therapy services under section 256D.03, subdivision 4, and
Minnesota Rules, part 9505.0295;

(22) adult rehabilitative mental health services under section 256B.0623;

(23) children's therapeutic services and support services under section 256B.0943;

(24) tier I chemical health services under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 254B;

(25) consumer support grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 256.476;

(26) family support grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 252.32;

(27) grants for case management services to persons with HIV or AIDS under
Minnesota Statutes, section 256.01, subdivision 19; and

(28) aging grants under Minnesota Statutes, sections 256.975 to 256.977, 256B.0917,
and 256B.0928.

(c) For services funded through Minnesota disability health options, the rate
increases under this section apply to all medical assistance payments, including former
group residential housing supplementary rates under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 256I.

(d) The commissioner may recoup payments made under this section from a provider
that does not comply with paragraphs (f) and (g).

(e) A managed care plan receiving state payments for the services in this section
must include these increases in their payments to providers on a prospective basis,
effective on January 1 following the effective date of the rate increase.

(f) Providers that receive a rate increase under this section shall use 75 percent
of the additional revenue new text beginfrom the October 1, 2007, increase and ....... percent of the
additional revenue from the July 1, 2008, increase
new text endto increase compensation-related costs
for employees directly employed by the program on or after the effective date of the
rate adjustments, except:

(1) the administrator;

(2) persons employed in the central office of a corporation or entity that has an
ownership interest in the provider or exercises control over the provider; and

(3) persons paid by the provider under a management contract.

Compensation-related costs include: wages and salaries; FICA taxes, Medicare taxes,
state and federal unemployment taxes, and workers' compensation; and the employer's
share of health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, long-term care
insurance, uniform allowance, and pensions.

(g) Two-thirds of the money new text beginfrom the October 1, 2007, rate increase new text endavailable under
paragraph (f) must be used for wage increases for all employees directly employed by
the provider on or after the effective date of the rate adjustments, except those listed in
paragraph (f), clauses (1) to (3). The wage adjustment that employees receive under
this paragraph must be paid as an equal hourly percentage wage increase for all eligible
employees. All wage increases under this paragraph must be effective on the same date.
This paragraph shall not apply to employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
new text begin This paragraph shall also not apply to the July 1, 2008, rate increase.
new text end

(h) For public employees, the increase for wages and benefits for certain staff is
available and pay rates must be increased only to the extent that they comply with laws
governing public employees collective bargaining. Money received by a provider for pay
increases under this section may be used only for increases implemented on or after the
first day of the rate period in which the increase is available and must not be used for
increases implemented prior to that date.

(i) The commissioner shall amend state grant contracts that include direct
personnel-related grant expenditures to include the allocation for the portion of the contract
that is employee compensation related. Grant contracts for compensation-related services
must be amended to pass through these adjustments within 60 days of the effective date of
the increase and must be retroactive to the effective date of the rate adjustment.

(j) The Board on Aging and its Area Agencies on Aging shall amend their
grants that include direct personnel-related grant expenditures to include the rate
adjustment for the portion of the grant that is employee compensation related. Grants
for compensation-related services must be amended to pass through these adjustments
within 60 days of the effective date of the increase and must be retroactive to the effective
date of the rate adjustment.

(k) The calendar year 2008 rate for vendors reimbursed under Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 254B, shall be at least 2.0 percent above the rate in effect on January 1, 2007.
The calendar year 2009 rate shall be at least deleted text begin2.0deleted text endnew text begin 3.0new text end percent above the rate in effect on
January 1, 2008.

(l) Providers that receive a rate adjustment under paragraph (a) that is subject to
paragraphs (f) and (g) shall provide to the commissioner, and those counties with whom
they have a contract, within six months after the effective date of each rate adjustment, a
letter, in a format specified by the commissioner, that provides assurances that the provider
has developed and implemented a compensation plan and complied with paragraphs (f)
and (g). The provider shall keep on file, and produce for the commissioner or county
upon request, its plan, which must specify:

(1) an estimate of the amounts of money that must be used as specified in paragraphs
(f) and (g); and

(2) a detailed distribution plan specifying the allowable compensation-related and
wage increases the provider will implement to use the funds available in clause (1).

(m) Within six months after the effective date of each rate adjustment, the provider
shall post this plan, excluding the information required in paragraph (l), clause (1), for
a period of at least six weeks in an area of the provider's operation to which all eligible
employees have access and provide instructions for employees who believe they have
not received the wage and other compensation-related increases specified in paragraph
(l), clause (2). Instructions must include a mailing address, e-mail address, and the
telephone number that may be used by the employee to contact the commissioner or the
commissioner's representative. Providers shall also make assurances to the commissioner
and counties with whom they have a contract that they have complied with the requirement
in this paragraph.