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TITLE 40SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES
CHAPTER 19NURSING FACILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE AND MEDICAID CERTIFICATION
SUBCHAPTER AAVENDOR PAYMENT
RULE §19.2601Vendor Payment (Items and Services Included)

(a) A facility provides, under the terms of the contract, for the total medical, nursing, and psychosocial needs of each recipient.

(b) The daily rate is compatible with reasonable charges consistent with efficiency, economy, and quality of total care. The facility must ensure that care meets the health needs and promotes the maximum well-being of recipients. The following items and services are included in the payment rate made to the facility by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and, therefore, the facility must provide:

  (1) nursing care;

  (2) social services;

  (3) regular, special, and supplemental diets, including tube feedings;

  (4) nonlegend drugs, with the exception of insulin, and alcoholic beverages unless prescribed for medicinal purposes. Alcoholic beverages:

    (A) prescribed for medicinal purposes must include the dosage and frequency of the alcohol; and

    (B) not prescribed for medicinal purposes are at the expense of the recipient or family;

  (5) for a recipient who is not eligible for Medicare Part D benefits, legend drugs that are not covered by the Medicaid Vendor Drug Program;

  (6) for a recipient who is eligible for Medicare Part D benefits, legend drugs in a category that is not covered by Medicare Part D and that are not covered by the Medicaid Vendor Drug Program;

  (7) regular laundry services, except dry cleaning;

  (8) medical accessories, such as canulas, tubes, masks, catheters, ostomy bags and supplies, IV fluids, IV equipment, and equipment that can be used by more than one person, such as wheelchairs, adjustable chairs, crutches, canes, mattresses, hospital-type beds, enteral pumps, trapeze bars, walkers, and oxygen equipment, such as tanks, concentrators, tubing, masks, valves, and regulators.

    (A) Facilities are required to maintain, in good repair, equipment necessary to meet the needs of the recipient.

    (B) If a recipient desires equipment for exclusive use, its purchase is the responsibility of the recipient:

      (i) Only the recipient can use the equipment, and it must be identified as the personal property of the recipient.

      (ii) Upon discharge from the facility, the recipient retains the equipment he purchased. If the recipient dies, the purchased equipment must be transferred to the estate. If it is donated or sold to the facility by the recipient or the estate, the transaction must be documented. (See §19.416 of this title (relating to Personal Property)).

    (C) If a recipient owns a piece of equipment that is medically necessary, the facility must maintain and repair the equipment.

    (D) When Part B Medicare benefits are accessed to pay for equipment and accessories, the recipient or family may not be charged by the facility or supply company for any portion of these items;

  (9) medical supplies, including, but not limited to tongue depressors, swabs, bandaids, cotton balls, and alcohol; and

  (10) basic personal hygiene items and services to meet the needs of the residents (See §19.405(h) of this title (relating to Additional Requirements for Trust Funds in Medicaid-Certified Facilities) for a list of such items and services). The specific type or brand of personal hygiene items used by the facility must be disclosed to the recipient; then, if a recipient prefers to use a specific type or brand of a personal hygiene item(s) rather than the item(s) furnished by the facility, he may use his personal funds to purchase the item(s).

    (A) Before purchasing or charging for the preferred item(s), the facility must secure written authorization from the recipient or family indicating his desired preference, the date, and signature of the person requesting the preferred item(s). The signature may not be that of an employee of the facility.

    (B) If the recipient's personal funds are used to purchase an item(s), the item(s) is for his sole use.

    (C) When the facility purchases personal hygiene item(s) with the recipient's personal funds, the facility must ensure that the item(s) is in an individual container or package that is labeled with the recipient's name. The facility is not held responsible for labeling personal hygiene items brought into the facility and not reported to the management.

(c) Facilities are not required to provide any particular brand of non-legend drug, medical accessory, equipment, or supply, but only those items necessary to ensure appropriate recipient care.

  (1) Unless the physician orders a specific type or brand, the facility may choose the type or brand.

  (2) If the recipient or family prefers a specific type or brand of item rather than the one furnished by the facility, the recipient, responsible party, or family may be billed for the item, or the recipient's personal funds may be used to purchase the item, or both.

  (3) Before purchasing or charging for the preferred item, the facility must secure written authorization from the recipient or family indicating his desired preference, the date, and signature of the person requesting the preferred item. The signature may not be that of an employee of the facility.

(d) If a resident has requested and freely chosen to participate in an activity, or to have an item or service provided that is not included, or is different than that provided, in the daily vendor rate, then the resident may be charged for the activity, item, or service.

  (1) When documentation is present that supports the above criteria, and that is required by §19.405(d)(5) of this title, the amount may be paid from the resident's trust fund.

  (2) When the facility acts as a collection agent for any item, service, or activity not included in the daily rate, the facility must be able to provide documentation that clearly indicates that any charges made to the recipient or his trust fund are pass-through costs only. The facility may not charge any fees, including handling fees, for these types of transactions.

(e) Except as described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, DADS makes vendor payments to Nursing Facilities for the day a recipient enters a nursing facility, but not for the day a recipient leaves a facility. The two exceptions are as follows.

  (1) If entrance and departure are on the same day, and the recipient does not enter another Title XIX facility on that day, DADS pays for the entire day.

  (2) If departure is because of the recipient's death and the deceased recipient is not sent to another Title XIX facility for legal procedures necessary upon the death of the recipient, DADS pays for the entire day.

(f) Vendor payments are made to Medicaid Nursing Facilities that comply with the PASARR requirements.


Source Note: The provisions of this §19.2601 adopted to be effective May 1, 1995, 20 TexReg 2393; amended to be effective August 1, 2000, 25 TexReg 6779; amended to be effective December 1, 2000, 25 TexReg 11665; amended to be effective January 1, 2006, 30 TexReg 7890

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