Senate Bill 0510
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Health facility bed bank. Authorizes a health facility to reduce the number of its comprehensive care beds by "banking" any number of its comprehensive care beds for a period not to exceed four years. Defines "banking" as the termination of the use of a health facility bed as a comprehensive care bed. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to recalculate a nursing facility's Medicaid reimbursement rate if the facility: (1) banks comprehensive care beds; or (2) converts banked beds back to comprehensive care beds. Provides guidelines for recalculating the nursing facility's rate. Provides guidelines for banking comprehensive care beds and for converting banked beds back to comprehensive care beds. Requires the state department of health to modify: (1) the license of a facility that banks comprehensive care beds; and (2) the license of a facility that converts banked beds back to comprehensive care beds. Requires the state department of health to ensure that a facility that has banked beds does not use the beds for comprehensive care purposes. Provides that if a facility fails to convert a banked bed back to a comprehensive care bed within four years of banking the bed, the facility is permanently barred from using the banked bed as a comprehensive care bed. Provides that, with certain exceptions, comprehensive care beds may not be added or constructed. Provides that certain residential beds, unlicensed beds, and acute care beds may not be converted to comprehensive care beds.
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