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SF 1822

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/27/2019 04:25pm

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; modifying disability waiver rate system; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256B.4914, subdivision 2.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256B.4914, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Definitions.

(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the
meanings given them, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

(b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of human services.

(c) "Component value" means underlying factors that are part of the cost of providing
services that are built into the waiver rates methodology to calculate service rates.

(d) "Customized living tool" means a methodology for setting service rates that delineates
and documents the amount of each component service included in a recipient's customized
living service plan.

(e) "Disability waiver rates system" means a statewide system that establishes rates that
are based on uniform processes and captures the individualized nature of waiver services
and recipient needs.

(f) "Individual staffing" means the time spent as a one-to-one interaction specific to an
individual recipient by staff to provide direct support and assistance with activities of daily
living, instrumental activities of daily living, and training to participants, and is based on
the requirements in each individual's coordinated service and support plan under section
245D.02, subdivision 4b; any coordinated service and support plan addendum under section
245D.02, subdivision 4c; and an assessment tool. Provider observation of an individual's
needs must also be considered.

(g) "Lead agency" means a county, partnership of counties, or tribal agency charged
with administering waivered services under sections 256B.092 and 256B.49.

(h) "Median" means the amount that divides distribution into two equal groups, one-half
above the median and one-half below the median.

(i) "Payment or rate" means reimbursement to an eligible provider for services provided
to a qualified individual based on an approved service authorization.

(j) "Rates management system" means a web-based software application that uses a
framework and component values, as determined by the commissioner, to establish service
rates.

(k) "Recipient" means a person receiving home and community-based services funded
under any of the disability waivers.

(l) "Shared staffing" means time spent by employees, not defined under paragraph (f),
providing or available to provide more than one individual with direct support and assistance
with activities of daily living as defined under section 256B.0659, subdivision 1, paragraph
(b); instrumental activities of daily living as defined under section 256B.0659, subdivision
1, paragraph (i); ancillary activities needed to support individual services; and training to
participants, and is based on the requirements in each individual's coordinated service and
support plan under section 245D.02, subdivision 4b; any coordinated service and support
plan addendum under section 245D.02, subdivision 4c; an assessment tool; and provider
observation of an individual's service need. Total shared staffing hours are divided
proportionally by the number of individuals who receive the shared service provisions.

(m) "Staffing ratio" means the number of recipients a service provider employee supports
during a unit of service based on a uniform assessment tool, provider observation, case
history, and the recipient's services of choice, and not based on the staffing ratios under
section 245D.31.

(n) "Unit of service" means the following:

(1) for residential support services under subdivision 6, a unit of service is a day. Any
portion of any calendar day, within allowable Medicaid rules, where an individual spends
time in a residential setting is billable as a day;

(2) for day services under subdivision 7:

(i) for day training and habilitation services, a unit of service is either:

(A) a day unit of service is defined as six or more hours of time spent providing direct
services and transportation; or

(B) a partial day unit of service is defined as fewer than six hours of time spent providing
direct services and transportation; and

(C) for new day service recipients after January 1, 2014, 15 minute units of service must
be used for fewer than six hours of time spent providing direct services and transportation;

(ii) for adult day and structured day services, a unit of service is a day or 15 minutes. A
day unit of service is six or more hours of time spent providing direct services;

(iii) for prevocational services, a unit of service is a day or deleted text beginan hourdeleted text endnew text begin 15 minutesnew text end. A day
unit of service is six or more hours of time spent providing direct service;

(3) for unit-based services with programming under subdivision 8:

(i) for supported living services, a unit of service is a day or 15 minutes. When a day
rate is authorized, any portion of a calendar day where an individual receives services is
billable as a day; and

(ii) for all other services, a unit of service is 15 minutes; and

(4) for unit-based services without programming under subdivision 9, a unit of service
is 15 minutes.