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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS

    Chapter 2H: Declaration of public policy

      Section: 26:2H-97: Dedicated purposes for monies collected from assessment.

           6. The monies collected from the assessment paid by nursing homes pursuant to section 5 of this act shall be dedicated for the purposes provided in this section and shall be allocated through appropriation as follows:

a. As soon after the collection of the monies from the assessment as is practicable, the State Treasurer shall authorize the transfer to the General Fund of $12.875 million for each quarter for which the assessment has been collected, not to exceed $51.5 million on an annual basis. All of the amounts so transferred to the General Fund shall be allocated for the support of nursing home programs as the commissioner shall designate, provided that of those amounts, a sufficient amount shall be used to fund nursing home rates at State fiscal year 2003 levels or higher and the continued applicability of nursing home rebasing and bed hold payment methodologies in effect during fiscal year 2003;

b. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2004, c.41).

c. The State Treasurer, in consultation with the commissioner, shall distribute to nursing homes all remaining monies in the fund, in accordance with the provisions of this section, including any federal Medicaid funds received pursuant to this act, in order to enhance the quality of care for the residents of those facilities, which may include training, recruitment and improvement of wages and benefits for nursing home direct care employees;

d. The monies identified in subsection c. of this section shall be allocated in the following manner:

(1) sufficient monies from these funds shall be used to recognize the assessment as an allowable cost for Medicaid reimbursement purposes; and

(2) the remaining portion of these funds not allocated under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be made as a uniform per diem add-on for all Medicaid days provided by nursing facilities.

The Medicaid payments to nursing homes provided for under this subsection shall not violate the hold harmless provisions set forth at 42 C.F.R. s.433.50 et seq.;

e. Beginning immediately and continuing for a period of 24 months following the enactment of this act, any monies received by facilities pursuant to this act that are expended in the furtherance of increasing recruitment and retention of employees and increasing the wages of caregivers shall not be subject to the nursing screen or direct patient care screens within the routine cost limits imposed by the nursing home rate setting regulations, in accordance with federal regulations and in such a manner so as to not violate the hold harmless provisions set forth at 42 C.F.R. s.433.50 et seq.

During this 24-month period it is recommended that nursing homes increase the nursing and direct care staffing ratio to above the State minimum requirement. Within 24 months of the enactment of this act, the commissioner shall develop, with the advice of industry representatives, consumer organizations and the caregivers' union, increased mandatory State ratios for direct patient care and nursing staffing, to significantly improve nursing and patient care staffing ratios, subject to the availability of funding;

f. The commissioner or his designee shall certify the amounts to be provided to each nursing home in accordance with the formulas established by the commissioner for Medicaid reimbursement.

L.2003,c.105,s.6; amended 2004, c.41, s.3.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:49.

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