CHAPTER 319x
NURSING HOME RESIDENT DAY USER FEE

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Sec. 17b-321. Determination of resident day user fee by Commissioner of Social Services. Redetermination of resident day user fee upon approval of waiver of federal requirements. Refunds or credits to nursing homes exempted from resident day user fee.

      Sec. 17b-321. Determination of resident day user fee by Commissioner of Social Services. Redetermination of resident day user fee upon approval of waiver of federal requirements. Refunds or credits to nursing homes exempted from resident day user fee. (a) On or before July 1, 2005, and on or before July first biennially thereafter, the Commissioner of Social Services shall determine the amount of the user fee and promptly notify the commissioner and nursing homes of such amount. The user fee shall be (1) the sum of each nursing home's anticipated nursing home net revenue, including, but not limited to, its estimated net revenue from any increases in Medicaid payments, during the twelve-month period ending on June thirtieth of the succeeding calendar year, (2) which sum shall be multiplied by a percentage as determined by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Services, provided before January 1, 2008, such percentage shall not exceed six per cent and on and after January 1, 2008, such percentage shall not exceed five and one-half per cent, and (3) which product shall be divided by the sum of each nursing home's anticipated resident days during the twelve-month period ending on June thirtieth of the succeeding calendar year. The Commissioner of Social Services, in anticipating nursing home net revenue and resident days, shall use the most recently available nursing home net revenue and resident day information. On or before July 1, 2007, the Commissioner of Social Services shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and human services on the detrimental effects, if any, that a biennial determination of the user fee may have on private payors.

      (b) Upon approval of the waiver of federal requirements for uniform and broad-based user fees in accordance with 42 CFR 433.68 pursuant to section 17b-323, the Commissioner of Social Services shall redetermine the amount of the user fee and promptly notify the commissioner and nursing homes of such amount. The user fee shall be (1) the sum of each nursing home's anticipated nursing home net revenue, including, but not limited to, its estimated net revenue from any increases in Medicaid payments, during the twelve-month period ending on June thirtieth of the succeeding calendar year but not including any such anticipated net revenue of any nursing home exempted from such user fee due to waiver of federal requirements pursuant to section 17b-323, (2) which sum shall be multiplied by a percentage as determined by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Services, provided before January 1, 2008, such percentage shall not exceed six per cent and on and after January 1, 2008, such percentage shall not exceed five and one-half per cent, and (3) which product shall be divided by the sum of each nursing home's anticipated resident days, but not including the anticipated resident days of any nursing home exempted from such user fee due to waiver of federal requirements pursuant to section 17b-323. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, the amount of the user fee for each nursing home licensed for more than two hundred thirty beds or owned by a municipality shall be equal to the amount necessary to comply with federal provider tax uniformity waiver requirements as determined by the Commissioner of Social Services. The Commissioner of Social Services may increase retroactively the user fee for nursing homes not licensed for more than two hundred thirty beds and not owned by a municipality to the effective date of waiver of said federal requirements to offset user fee reductions necessary to meet the federal waiver requirements. On or before July 1, 2005, and biennially thereafter, the Commissioner of Social Services shall determine the amount of the user fee in accordance with this subsection. The Commissioner of Social Services, in anticipating nursing home net revenue and resident days, shall use the most recently available nursing home net revenue and resident day information. On or before July 1, 2007, the Commissioner of Social Services shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and human services on the detrimental effects, if any, that a biennial determination of the user fee may have on private payors.

      (c) (1) Following a redetermination of the resident day user fee by the Commissioner of Social Services pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the Commissioner of Social Services shall notify the commissioner of the identity of (A) any nursing home subsequently exempted from the resident day user fee due to the waiver of federal requirements pursuant to section 17b-323 and the effective date of such waiver, (B) any nursing home licensed for more than two hundred thirty beds or owned by a municipality and the effective date of any change in its user fee, and (C) any nursing home for which the user fee is retroactively increased pursuant to subsection (b) of this section and the effective date of such increase. The Commissioner of Social Services shall provide notice of any such retroactive user fee increase to each nursing home so affected.

      (2) Upon being notified by the Commissioner of Social Services, the commissioner shall refund or credit to any nursing home subsequently exempted from the resident day user fee due to the waiver of federal requirements pursuant to section 17b-323 any resident day user fee collected from such home. No interest shall be payable on the amount of such refund or credit. Any such nursing home shall refund any fees paid by or on behalf of any resident to the party making such payment.

      (3) Upon being notified by the Commissioner of Social Services, the commissioner shall refund or credit to any nursing home licensed for more than two hundred thirty beds or owned by a municipality any resident day user fee collected from such home in excess of the resident day user fee that would have been payable had the user fee, as redetermined by the Commissioner of Social Services, been used in calculating the nursing home's resident day user fee. No interest shall be payable on the amount of such refund or credit.

      (4) Upon being notified by the Commissioner of Social Services, the commissioner shall notify any nursing home for which the user fee is retroactively increased pursuant to subsection (b) of this section of the additional amount of resident day user fee due and owing from such nursing home. Such a notice of additional amount due and owing to the commissioner shall not be treated as a notice of deficiency assessment by the commissioner nor shall the nursing home have, based on such notice of additional amount due, any right of protest or appeal to the commissioner as in the case of such a deficiency assessment. No interest shall be payable on such additional amount to the extent such additional amount is paid on or before the last day of the month next succeeding the month during which the Commissioner of Social Services provided notice of such retroactive user fee increase to such nursing home.

      (P.A. 05-251, S. 79; 05-280, S. 48; P.A. 06-188, S. 6, 7; 06-196, S. 139; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-2, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 05-251 effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 05-280 made technical changes, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-188 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by requiring Commissioner of Social Services to determine the user fee "biennially" rather than annually and to report to the General Assembly on the detrimental effects, if any, of such biennial determination, effective July 1, 2006; P.A. 06-196 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b), effective June 7, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-2 amended Subsecs. (a)(2) and (b)(2) to provide that sum shall be multiplied by percentage determined by Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with Commissioner of Social Services, provided before January 1, 2008, percentage shall not exceed 6% and shall not exceed 5.5% after that date, effective July 1, 2007.

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