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DEPARTMENT OF
HUMAN SERVICES

Payment for Nursing Facility Services Provided by Nonpublic and County Nursing Facilities; Supplemental Ventilator Care and Tracheostomy Care Add-on Payment for Fiscal Year 2019-2020

[49 Pa.B. 5765]
[Saturday, October 5, 2019]

 This announcement provides advance notice that the Department of Human Services (Department) intends to make an additional payment in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 to nonpublic and county nursing facilities that qualified for supplemental ventilator care and tracheostomy care payments in FY 2014-2015.

Proposed Payment

 The Department intends to make an additional supplemental ventilator care and tracheostomy care payment to qualified nonpublic and county nursing facilities. This additional payment will be made to nonpublic and county nursing facilities that qualified for supplemental ventilator care and tracheostomy care payments in FY 2014-2015 with a percentage of Medical Assistance residents who required medically necessary ventilator care or tracheostomy care greater than 90%.

 The Department will calculate the FY 2019-2020 add-on payment to qualified nonpublic and county nursing facilities by dividing the total funds for the supplemental ventilator care and tracheostomy care payment by the number of qualified nonpublic and county nursing facilities.

 The Department will submit a State Plan Amendment (SPA) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). If CMS approves the SPA, the total funds will consist of both State and Federal funding. The Department will use its best efforts to process this payment within 30 days of the date it receives notice from CMS.

Fiscal Impact

 This change will result in a cost of $1.571 million ($0.750 million in State funds) for FY 2019-2020.

Public Comment

 Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding this supplemental ventilator care and tracheostomy care add-on payment to the Department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Living, Bureau of Policy Development and Communications Management, Attention: Marilyn Yocum, P.O. Box 8025, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8025. Comments received within 30 days will be reviewed and considered for any subsequent revision of the notice.

 Persons with a disability who require an auxiliary aid or service may submit comments using the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).

TERESA D. MILLER, 
Secretary

Fiscal Note: 14-NOT-1357. (1) General Fund; (2) Implementing Year 2019-20 is $750,000; (3) 1st Succeeding Year 2020-21 through 5th Succeeding Year 2024-25 are $0; (4) 2018-19 Program—$850,149,000; 2017-18 Program—$1,099,000,000; 2016-17 Program—$1,082,000,000; (7) Long Term Care; (8) recommends adoption. Funds have been included in the budget to cover this increase.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-1485. Filed for public inspection October 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]



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