SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES[
Filed February 20, 2009,
NOTICE OF CHANGES TO STATE OF WASHINGTON
NURSING FACILITY MEDICAID PAYMENT RATE METHODOLOGY
The 2009 state legislature has passed changes to the
method for determining facility-specific, per resident day
medicaid payment rates for nursing facility care in
Washington. The changes are effective February 18, 2009.
This notice includes a justification, description, and
estimated rate impact of the changes.
Please address any comments or questions concerning the
changes to Edward H. Southon, Department of Social and Health
Services, Aging and Disability Services Administration, P.O.
Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2469, fax
(360) 493-9484. Comments should be submitted within fourteen
days after appearance of this notice.
The changes are mandated by the 2009 Washington state
legislature in the amended state Operating Budget Supplemental
Appropriations Act. The bill number of the act is ESHB 1694.
It was passed by the legislature on February 18, 2009, and
signed by the governor the same say [day]. It included an
emergency clause making it effective immediately.
NEW RATES AND PROPOSED CHANGES TO RATE METHODOLOGY
In combination with a variety of other factors, including
changes in the allowed costs of care, the methodological
changes are estimated to result in a statewide average nursing
facility medicaid payment rate of $163.72 per resident day, at
a maximum, for state fiscal year 2009, running from July 1,
2008, to June 30, 2009.
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