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DPW Regulatory Clarifications Regarding Personal Care Homes

The Department of Public Welfare ("DPW"), Bureau of Human Services Licensing has posted on its website regulatory clarifications concerning the Personal Care Home Regulations. The regulatory clarifications are in the form of a question and answer format and will remain on DPW's website until the information is incorporated into the next updated Regulatory Compliance Guide. The personal care home regulatory clarifications that were posted this month address 55 Pa. Code §2600.107(c) (regarding emergency preparedness); §2600.132(d) (regarding fire drills); and§2600.190(b) (regarding medication administration training). To obtain further information regarding the aforementioned regulatory clarifications, please click here, or contact Tanya Harris of Latsha, Davis & McKenna. 

DPW Publishes Case Mix Rates for 2014-2015

On September 20, 2014, the Department of Public Welfare published a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin regarding final case mix rates for state fiscal year 2014-2015.  Nursing facilities have received letters detailing their rates for that fiscal year.  Most notably, the budget adjustment factor continues to limit the estimated statewide day-weighted average payment rate for county and nonpublic nursing facilities so that the average payment rate in effect for the fiscal year is limited to the amount appropriated by the state legislature for funding.  For the July, October, in January rates, the base budget adjustment factor is .84265.  At the minimum, providers should review their rate notice letters to determine the cost report years DPW is using to set the facility's case-mix rates.  If the provider has an audit appeal pending for one of its base years, then the best practice would be to file an appeal of the case-mix rate notice to preserve any issue regarding the add-back of costs to the base year and subsequent recalculation of the payment rate.  Providers have 33 days from the date of the letter to file a request for hearing with the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals.

MA Audit Issues Must Be Appealed at the Time of Audit

On July 10, 2013, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that providers wishing to challenge adjustments made to their Medical Assistance ("MA") cost report must file a timely appeal from their audit report in order to preserve any audit issues for purposes of setting case-mix rates.

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