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256B.439 LONG-TERM CARE QUALITY PROFILES.

Subdivision 1.Development and implementation of quality profiles.

(a) The commissioner of human services, in cooperation with the commissioner of health, shall develop and implement quality profiles for nursing facilities and, beginning not later than July 1, 2014, for home and community-based services providers, except when the quality profile system would duplicate requirements under section 256B.5011, 256B.5012, or 256B.5013. For purposes of this section, home and community-based services providers are defined as providers of home and community-based services under sections 256B.0913, 256B.0915, 256B.092, and 256B.49, and intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities providers under section 256B.5013. To the extent possible, quality profiles must be developed for providers of services to older adults and people with disabilities, regardless of payor source, for the purposes of providing information to consumers. The quality profiles must be developed using existing data sets maintained by the commissioners of health and human services to the extent possible. The profiles must incorporate or be coordinated with information on quality maintained by area agencies on aging, long-term care trade associations, the ombudsman offices, counties, tribes, health plans, and other entities and the long-term care database maintained under section 256.975, subdivision 7. The profiles must be designed to provide information on quality to:

(1) consumers and their families to facilitate informed choices of service providers;

(2) providers to enable them to measure the results of their quality improvement efforts and compare quality achievements with other service providers; and

(3) public and private purchasers of long-term care services to enable them to purchase high-quality care.

(b) The profiles must be developed in consultation with the long-term care task force, area agencies on aging, and representatives of consumers, providers, and labor unions. Within the limits of available appropriations, the commissioners may employ consultants to assist with this project.

Subd. 2.Quality measurement tools for nursing facilities.

The commissioners shall identify and apply existing quality measurement tools to:

(1) emphasize quality of care and its relationship to quality of life; and

(2) address the needs of various users of long-term care services, including, but not limited to, short-stay residents, persons with behavioral problems, persons with dementia, and persons who are members of minority groups.

The tools must be identified and applied, to the extent possible, without requiring providers to supply information beyond state and federal requirements.

Subd. 2a.Quality measurement tools for home and community-based services.

(a) The commissioners shall identify and apply quality measurement tools to:

(1) emphasize service quality and its relationship to quality of life; and

(2) address the needs of various users of home and community-based services.

(b) The tools must include, but not be limited to, surveys of consumers of home and community-based services. The tools must be identified and applied, to the extent possible, without requiring providers to supply information beyond state and federal requirements, for purposes of this subdivision.

Subd. 3.Consumer surveys of nursing facilities residents.

Following identification of the quality measurement tool, the commissioners shall conduct surveys of long-term care service consumers of nursing facilities to develop quality profiles of providers. To the extent possible, surveys must be conducted face-to-face by state employees or contractors. At the discretion of the commissioners, surveys may be conducted by telephone or by provider staff. Surveys must be conducted periodically to update quality profiles of individual nursing facilities providers.

[See Note.]

Subd. 3a.Consumer surveys for home and community-based services.

Following identification of the quality measurement tool, and within the limits of the appropriation, the commissioner shall conduct surveys of home and community-based services consumers to develop quality profiles of providers. To the extent possible, surveys must be conducted face-to-face by state employees or contractors. At the discretion of the commissioner, surveys may be conducted by an alternative method. Surveys must be conducted periodically to update quality profiles of individual service providers.

Subd. 3b.Home and community-based services report card in cooperation with the commissioner of health.

The commissioner shall work with existing Department of Human Services advisory groups to develop recommendations for a home and community-based services report card. Health and human services staff that regulate home and community-based services as provided in chapter 245D and licensed home care as provided in chapter 144A shall be consulted. The advisory groups shall consider the requirements from the Minnesota consumer information guide under section 144G.06 as a base for development of the home and community-based services report card to compare the housing options available to consumers. Other items to be considered by the advisory groups in developing recommendations include:

(1) defining the goals of the report card, including measuring outcomes, providing consumer information, and defining vehicle-for-pay performance;

(2) developing separate measures for programs for the elderly population and for persons with disabilities;

(3) the sources of information needed that are standardized and contain sufficient data;

(4) the financial support needed for creating and publicizing the housing information guide, and ongoing funding for data collection and staffing to monitor, report, and analyze;

(5) a recognition that home and community-based services settings exist with significant variations in size, settings, and services available;

(6) ensuring that consumer choice and consumer information are retained and valued;

(7) the applicability of these measures to providers based on payor source, size, and population served; and

(8) dissemination of quality profiles.

The advisory groups shall discuss whether there are additional funding, resources, and research needed. The commissioner shall report recommendations to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over health and human services issues by August 1, 2014. The report card shall be available on July 1, 2015.

[See Note.]

Subd. 4.Dissemination of quality profiles.

By July 1, 2014, the commissioners shall implement a public awareness effort to disseminate the quality profiles. Profiles may be disseminated through the Senior LinkAge Line and Disability Linkage Line and to consumers, providers, and purchasers of long-term care services.

[See Note.]

Subd. 5.Implementation of home and community-based services performance-based incentive payment program.

By April 1, 2014, the commissioner shall develop incentive-based grants for home and community-based services providers for achieving outcomes specified in a contract. The commissioner may solicit proposals from home and community-based services providers and implement those that, on a competitive basis, best meet the state's policy objectives. The commissioner shall determine the types of home and community-based services providers that will participate in the program. The determination of participating provider types may be revised annually by the commissioner. The commissioner shall limit the amount of any incentive-based grants and the number of grants under this subdivision to operate the incentive payments within funds appropriated for this purpose. The grant agreements may specify various levels of payment for various levels of performance. In establishing the specified outcomes and related criteria, the commissioner shall consider the following state policy objectives:

(1) provide more efficient, higher quality services;

(2) encourage home and community-based services providers to innovate;

(3) equip home and community-based services providers with organizational tools and expertise to improve their quality;

(4) incentivize home and community-based services providers to invest in better services; and

(5) disseminate successful performance improvement strategies statewide.

Subd. 6.Calculation of home and community-based services quality score.

(a) The commissioner shall determine a quality score for each participating home and community-based services provider using quality measures established in subdivisions 1 and 2a, according to methods determined by the commissioner in consultation with stakeholders and experts. These methods shall be exempt from the rulemaking requirements under chapter 14.

(b) For each quality measure, a score shall be determined with a maximum number of points available and number of points assigned as determined by the commissioner using the methodology established according to this subdivision. The determination of the quality measures to be used and the methods of calculating scores may be revised annually by the commissioner.

Subd. 7.Calculation of home and community-based services quality add-on.

Effective July 1, 2015, the commissioner shall determine the quality add-on payment for participating home and community-based services providers. The payment rate for the quality add-on shall be a variable amount based on each provider's quality score as determined in subdivisions 1 and 2a. The commissioner shall limit the types of home and community-based services providers that may receive the quality add-on and the amount of the quality add-on payments to operate the quality add-on within funds appropriated for this purpose and based on the availability of the quality measures.

NOTE: The amendments to subdivisions 3 and 4 by Laws 2013, chapter 108, article 2, sections 32 and 34, are effective contingent on federal approval and upon compliance with Laws 2013, chapter 108, article 15, sections 3 and 4. Laws 2013, chapter 108, article 2, section 44, and article 15, sections 3 and 4.

NOTE: Subdivision 3b, as added by Laws 2013, chapter 108, article 2, section 33, is effective contingent on federal approval and upon compliance with Laws 2013, chapter 108, article 15, sections 3 and 4. Laws 2013, chapter 108, article 2, section 44, and article 15, sections 3 and 4.