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TITLE 1ADMINISTRATION
PART 15TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 355REIMBURSEMENT RATES
SUBCHAPTER ECOMMUNITY CARE FOR AGED AND DISABLED
RULE §355.505Reimbursement Methodology for the Community Living Assistance and Support Services Waiver Program

(a) General requirements. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) applies the general principles of cost determination as specified in §355.101 of this title (relating to Introduction). Providers are reimbursed for waiver services provided to Medicaid-enrolled persons with related conditions. Additionally, providers will be reimbursed a one-time administrative expense fee for a pre-enrollment assessment of potential waiver participants. The pre-enrollment assessment covers care planning for the participant.

(b) Reporting of cost.

  (1) Providers must follow the cost reporting guidelines as specified in §355.105 of this title (relating to General Reporting and Documentation Requirements, Methods, and Procedures).

  (2) Number of cost reports to be submitted. All legal entities must submit a cost report unless the number of days between the date the legal entity's first Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) client received services and the legal entity's fiscal year end is 30 days or fewer.

    (A) Contracted providers participating in the attendant compensation rate enhancement.

      (i) At the same level of enhancement. If all the contracts under the legal entity participate in the enhancement at the same level of enhancement, the contracted provider must submit one cost report for the legal entity.

      (ii) At different levels of enhancement. If all the contracts under the legal entity participate in the enhancement but they participate at more than one enhancement level, the contracted provider must submit one cost report for each level of enhancement.

    (B) Contracted providers not participating in the attendant compensation rate enhancement. If all the contracts under the legal entity do not participate in the enhancement, the contracted provider must submit one cost report for the legal entity.

    (C) Contractors participating and not participating in attendant compensation rate enhancement.

      (i) At the same level of enhancement. If some of the contracts under the legal entity do not participate in the enhancement and the rest of the contracts under the legal entity participate at the same level of enhancement, the contracted provider must submit:

        (I) one cost report for the contracts that do not participate; and

        (II) one cost report for the contracts that do participate.

      (ii) At different levels of enhancement. If some of the contracts under the legal entity do not participate in the enhancement and the rest of the contracts under the legal entity participate in the enhancement but they participate at more than one enhancement level, the contracted provider must submit:

        (I) one cost report for the contracts that do not participate; and

        (II) one cost report for each level of enhancement.

  (3) Excused from submission of cost reports. If required by HHSC, a contracted provider must submit a cost report unless the provider meets one or more of the conditions in §355.105(b)(4)(D) of this title.

(c) Waiver reimbursement determination methodology.

  (1) Unit of service reimbursement or reimbursement ceiling by unit of service. Reimbursement or reimbursement ceilings for related-conditions waiver services, habilitation, nursing services provided by a registered nurse (RN), nursing services provided by a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, cognitive rehabilitative therapy, behavioral support, auditory integration training/auditory enhancement training (audiology services), nutritional services, employment assistance, supported employment, day activity and health services, and in-home and out-of-home respite care services will be determined on a fee-for-service basis. These services are provided under §1915(c) of the Social Security Act Medicaid waiver for persons with related conditions.

  (2) Monthly reimbursement. The reimbursement for case management waiver service will be determined as a monthly reimbursement. This service is provided under the §1915(c) of the Social Security Act Medicaid waiver for persons with related conditions.

  (3) Reporting and verification of allowable cost.

    (A) Providers are responsible for reporting only allowable costs on the cost report, except where cost report instructions indicate that other costs are to be reported in specific lines or sections. Only allowable cost information is used to determine recommended reimbursements. HHSC excludes from reimbursement determination any unallowable expenses included in the cost report and makes the appropriate adjustments to expenses and other information reported by providers; the purpose is to ensure that the database reflects costs and other information that are necessary for the provision of services and are consistent with federal and state regulations.

    (B) Individual cost reports may not be included in the database used for reimbursement determination if:

      (i) there is reasonable doubt as to the accuracy or allowability of a significant part of the information reported; or

      (ii) an auditor determines that reported costs are not verifiable.

  (4) Reimbursement determination. Recommended unit of service reimbursements and reimbursement ceilings by unit of service are determined in the following manner:

    (A) Unit of service reimbursement for habilitation, and cost per unit of service for nursing services provided by an RN, nursing services provided by an LVN, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, cognitive rehabilitative therapy, behavioral support services, auditory integration training/auditory enhancement training (audiology services), nutritional services, employment assistance, supported employment, and in-home and out-of-home respite care are determined in the following manner:

      (i) The total allowable cost for each contracted provider cost report will be determined by analyzing the allowable historical costs reported on the cost report and other pertinent cost survey information.

      (ii) The total allowable cost is reduced by the amount of the administrative expense fee and requisition fee revenues accrued for the reporting period.

      (iii) Each provider's total allowable cost, excluding depreciation and mortgage interest, is projected from the historical cost reporting period to the prospective reimbursement period as described in §355.108 of this title (relating to Determination of Inflation Indices).

      (iv) Payroll taxes and employee benefits are allocated to each salary line item on the cost report on a pro rata basis based on the portion of that salary line item to the amount of total salary expense for the appropriate group of staff. Employee benefits will be charged to a specific salary line item if the benefits are reported separately. The allocated payroll taxes are Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) or social security, Medicare contributions, Workers' compensation Insurance (WCI), the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), and the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act (TUCA).

      (v) Allowable administrative and facility costs are allocated or spread to each waiver service cost component on a pro rata basis based on the portion of each waiver service's units of service to the amount of total waiver units of service.

      (vi) Each provider's projected total allowable cost is divided by the number of units of service to determine the projected cost per unit of service.

      (vii) For nursing services provided by an RN, nursing services provided by an LVN, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, cognitive rehabilitative therapy, in-home respite care, behavioral support services, auditory integration training/auditory enhancement training (audiology services), nutritional services, employment assistance, and supported employment, the projected cost per unit of service, for each provider is multiplied by 1.044. This adjusted allowable cost per unit of service may be combined into an array with the allowable cost per unit of service of similar services provided by other programs in determining rates for these services in accordance with §355.502 of this title (relating to Reimbursement Methodology for Common Services in Home and Community-Based Services Waivers).

      (viii) For habilitation services two cost areas are created:

        (I) The attendant cost area includes salaries, wages, benefits, and mileage reimbursement calculated as specified in §355.112 of this title (relating to Attendant Compensation Rate Enhancement).

        (II) Another attendant cost area is created which includes the other habilitation services costs not included in subclause (I) of this clause as determined in clauses (i) - (v) of this subparagraph to create an other attendant cost area. An allowable cost per unit of service is calculated for the other habilitation cost area. The allowable costs per unit of service for each contracted provider cost report are arrayed and weighted by the number of units of service, and the median cost per unit of service is calculated. The median cost per unit of service is multiplied by 1.044.

        (III) The attendant cost area and the other attendant cost area are summed to determine the habilitation attendant cost per unit of service.

      (ix) For out-of-home respite care, the allowable costs per unit of service are calculated as determined in clauses (i) - (vi) of this subparagraph. The allowable costs per unit of service for each contracted provider cost report are multiplied by 1.044. The costs per unit of service are then arrayed and weighted by the number of units of service, and the median cost per unit of service is calculated.

    (B) The monthly reimbursement for case management services is determined in the following manner:

      (i) Total allowable costs for each provider will be determined by analyzing the allowable historical costs reported on the cost report and other pertinent cost survey information.

      (ii) Total allowable costs are reduced by the amount of administrative expense fee revenues reported.

      (iii) Each provider's total allowable costs, excluding depreciation and mortgage interest, are projected from the historical cost reporting period to the prospective reimbursement period as described in §355.108 of this title (relating to Determination of Inflation Indices).

      (iv) Payroll taxes and employee benefits are allocated to each salary line item on the cost report on a pro rata basis based on the portion of that salary line item to the amount of total salary expense for the appropriate group of staff. Employee benefits will be charged to a specific salary line item if the benefits are reported separately. The allocated payroll taxes are Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) or social security, Medicare contributions, Workers' compensation Insurance (WCI), the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), and the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act (TUCA).

      (v) Each provider's projected total allowable costs are divided by the number of monthly units of service to determine the projected cost per client month of service.

      (vi) Each provider's projected cost per client month of service is arrayed from low to high and weighted by the number of units of service and the median cost per client month of service is calculated.

      (vii) The median projected cost per client month of service is multiplied by 1.044.

    (C) The unit of service reimbursement for day activity and health services is determined in accordance with §355.6907 (Relating to Reimbursement Methodology for Day Activity and Health Services).

    (D) HHSC also adjusts reimbursement according to §355.109 of this title (relating to Adjusting Reimbursement When New Legislation, Regulations, or Economic Factors Affect Costs) if new legislation, regulations, or economic factors affect costs.

  (5) The reimbursement for support family services and continued family services will be determined as a per day rate using a method based on modeled costs which are developed by using data from surveys, cost report data from other similar programs, payment rates from other similar programs, consultation with other service providers and/or professionals experienced in delivering contracted services, or other sources as determined appropriate by HHSC. The per day rate will have two parts, one part for the child placing agency and one part for the support family.

(d) Administrative expense fee determination methodology.

  (1) One-time administrative expense fee. Reimbursement for the pre-enrollment assessment and care planning process required to determine eligibility for the waiver program will be provided as a one-time administrative expense fee.

  (2) Administrative expense fee determination process. The recommended administrative expense fee is determined using a method based on modeled projected expenses which are developed using data from surveys, cost report data from other similar programs or services, professionals' experience in delivering similar services, and other relevant sources.

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