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EXPLANATION: Suspends provisions of Medicaid Nursing Home bed day requirements.
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Part IB, Section 89, GENERAL
PROVISIONS, page 520, after line 27, by adding an appropriately
numbered paragraph to read:
/(GP: Nursing Home Permit Laws) For the current fiscal year the Department of Health and Environmental Control shall suspend enforcement of certain provisions of the Medicaid Nursing Home Permit Law as required by Sections 44-7-80, 44-7-82, 44-7-84 ,44-7-88 , and 44-7-90. The Department of Health and Environmental Control shall not penalize or fine a facility which has provided fewer Medicaid patient days than allowable under the Medicaid Permit Program. The department may not transfer or add additional days to any facility during fiscal year 2011-2012. Should the Department of Health and Human Services decrease the number of days available to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, they shall proportionately decrease the authorized Medicaid days for each nursing home. Should additional days be authorized, they shall be restored in the same manner. Section 44-7-88 is hereby suspended for fiscal year 2011-2012. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, nursing homes may discharge a resident due to payment source and Medicaid permit requirements.
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and titles to conform.