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Rhode Island Nursing Facility Payment Methodology: Status Update. March 15, 2012. Agenda. Overview of Base Methodology Options for Transition Recognition of Quality and Dementia. EOHHS Nursing Home Rate Method Objectives. Budget Neutrality Pay Higher Rates for Higher Acuity

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Agenda

  • Overview of Base Methodology
  • Options for Transition
  • Recognition of Quality and Dementia
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EOHHS Nursing Home Rate Method Objectives

  • Budget Neutrality
  • Pay Higher Rates for Higher Acuity
    • Implementation of an Acuity Adjustment for Nursing Homes, July 2010
    • reimburse homes based on each patient's specific RUG category
  • Payment method that ensures ease of administration and predictability
  • Transition from a facility specific cost based system to a price based model similar to Medicare PPS
base rate per diem components
Base Rate Per Diem Components:

Direct Care

  • Direct Nursing: $97.99 (101.54% of the day-weighted median costs)
  • Other Direct Care: $23.16 (100.% of the day-weighted median costs)
  • Total: $121.15

Indirect Care (incl. utilities & insurance)

  • $52.22 (93.48% of the day-weighted median costs)

Fair Rental Value (FRV)

  • Five quintile rates based on the weighted average of individual rates within each grouping. The range within each quintile is $2.)
    • $12.37, $14.03, $15.65, $18.00, $20.00

Property Taxes

  • Eight rate groups based on the weighted average of the individual rates within each group. The range within each group is $1.
    • $0.00, $0.76, $1.73, $2.47, $3.47, $4.42, $5.17, $6.53

Provider Assessment

  • An add-on equal to 5.82% of the sum of the above components.
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Base Rate Per Diem Components:
  • Acuity Factor
    • Based on the patient specific RUG category, i.e. one of 48 RUG weights.
    • Acuity factor to be applied only to the $97.99 Direct Nursing Base Rate
  • Market Basket Increase
hybrid model
Hybrid Model
  • maintains facility-specific cost-based reimbursement plus a small incentive payment if costs are less than the ceiling
  • incentive payment is 10% of the difference between the facility's cost and the ceiling, with a maximum incentive payment of $5 in each cost center
  • the ceiling in direct care is 107.55% of median cost while in indirect care, it is 99.15% of the median.
underlying assumptions
Underlying Assumptions

Each facility’s casemix and Medicaid volume will remain stable over the transition period

No inflation factors have been applied

To make the new payment method budget neutral, the Direct Care component was increased slightly.

impact of base methodology
Impact of Base Methodology

Avoid dramatic gains and losses that individual providers will incur

  • 40 homes would lose
    • 19 homes lose $10-$20 per day
    • 3 homes lose more than $20 per day
  • 44 homes would gain
    • 17 homes gain $10-$20 per day
    • 4 homes gain more than $20 per day
transition approaches
Transition Approaches
  • Payment methodology to be phased in over three years.
    • Direct and Indirect Care
      • Year 1: 67% facility specific / 33% price based;
      • Year 2: 33% facility specific / 67% price based;
      • Year 3: 100% price based
    • FRV and Taxes:
      • Year 1: 100% price-based groupings
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Transition Approaches

Policy Adjustor

  • No home loses more than $5.00
  • No home gains more than $5.00
  • Maintains existing direct care costs
recognition of quality and dementia
Recognition of Quality and Dementia
  • Need to agree on basic approach first
  • 2-3 meetings in April – early May
discussion
Discussion
  • Next steps