WSR 10-13-042

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

[ Filed June 9, 2010, 7:45 a.m. ]


FINAL NOTICE OF CHANGES TO WASHINGTON STATE

NURSING FACILITY

MEDICAID PAYMENT RATE METHODOLOGY

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010



The 2010 Washington legislature made changes effective July 1, 2010, to the methodology used to determine medicaid payment rates for nursing facility care. To comply with 42 U.S.C. 1396a (a)(13)(A), on May 19, 2010, the department of social and health services (hereafter, department) published the July 1, 2010, proposed changes to the medicaid nursing facility payment system. The proposed changes may be reviewed in WSR 10-10-118 or at http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/law/wsr/2010/10/10-10-118.htm.

The department received no comments in response on the proposed changes. This publication is the final notice that effective July 1, 2010, the department will implement the proposed changes published in WSR 10-10-118. Under RCW 74.46.421 (2)(b), the department must adjust the initial component rate allocations to assure that the statewide average payment rate of all nursing facilities is less than or equal to the statewide average payment rate specified in the Biennial Appropriations Act. The weighted average nursing facility payment rate shall not exceed $169.85 for state fiscal year (SFY) 2010 (July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010) and shall not exceed $166.24 for SFY 2011 (July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011).

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