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9549.0059 RESIDENT ASSESSMENT.

Subpart 1.

Assessment of nursing facility applicants and newly admitted residents.

Each nursing facility applicant or newly admitted resident must be assessed for the purpose of determining the applicant's or newly admitted resident's class. The assessment must be conducted according to the procedures in items A to I.

A.

The county preadmission screening team or hospital screening team under contract with the county must assess all nursing facility applicants for whom preadmission screening is required by Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0911, and any applicant for whom a preadmission screening is not required but who voluntarily requests such a screening in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0911, except as provided in subitems (1) and (2).

(1)

The public health nurse as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 145A.02, subdivision 18, of the county preadmission screening team or the registered nurse case manager shall assess a nursing facility applicant, if the applicant was previously screened by the county preadmission screening team and the applicant is receiving services under the Alternative Care Grants program defined in part 9505.2340 or under the medical assistance program.

(2)

An applicant whose admission to the nursing facility is for the purpose of receiving respite care services need not be reassessed more than once every six months for the purpose of computing resident days under part 9549.0054, subpart 2, if the applicant has been classified by the Department of Health within the prior six month period. In this case, the resident class established by the Department of Health within the prior six month period may be the resident class of the applicant. A resident must not receive more than one assessment per respite care stay.

B.

Except as provided in item A, subitem 2, the nursing facility must assess each applicant or newly admitted resident for whom a preadmission screening is not required by Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0911, or is not requested voluntarily in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0911. For the purposes of this item, the term newly admitted resident includes a resident who moves to a section of the nursing facility that is licensed differently than the section the resident previously was placed in or a resident who has been transferred from another nursing facility.

C.

Except as provided in item D, the assessment required by this subpart must be performed within ten working days before or ten working days after the date the applicant is admitted to the nursing facility.

D.

Any resident who is required to be assessed by the preadmission screening team under item A or who has received a prior preadmission screening, and for whom the assessment required under this subpart has not been performed by the preadmission screening team within ten working days before or ten working days after the date the applicant is admitted to the nursing facility must be assessed by the nursing facility. The nursing facility must perform the assessment and submit the forms to the Department of Health within 15 working days after admission.

E.

Each assessment that the nursing facility is required to perform must be completed by a registered nurse. The registered nurse performing the assessment must sign the assessment form.

F.

The assessment of each applicant or newly admitted resident must be based on the QA&R procedures of the Department of Health including physical observation of the applicant or newly admitted resident and review of available medical records, and must be recorded on the assessment form.

G.

Within five working days following the assessment, the preadmission screening team or hospital screening team under contract with the county must send the completed assessment form to the Department of Health, and provide a copy to the nursing facility.

H.

Except as provided in item D, each assessment completed under items A to G and a completed medical plan of care or interagency transfer form must be submitted to the Department of Health by the nursing facility as a request for classification within ten working days after admission or after the assessment, whichever is later.

I.

The resident class for applicants or newly admitted residents must be effective on the date of the person's admission to the nursing facility.

Subp. 2.

Semiannual assessment by nursing facilities.

Semiannual assessments of residents by the nursing facility must be completed in accordance with items A to D.

A.

A nursing facility must assess each of its residents no earlier than 162 days and no later than 182 days after the date of the most recent annual assessment by the Department of Health's QA&R team.

B.

A registered nurse shall assess each resident according to QA&R procedures established by the Department of Health including physical observation of the resident, review of the medical plan of care, and review of the resident's plan of care, and shall record the assessment on the assessment form. The Physician's Statement of General Condition (item 10), Individual Dependencies (items 21 to 24 and 28), Medications (items 31 to 34), and Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Diagnoses (on the back of the form) do not require completion. The registered nurse performing the assessment shall sign the assessment form on the day the assessment is completed.

C.

Within five working days of the completion of the nursing facility's semiannual resident assessments, the nursing facility must forward to the Department of Health requests for classification for all residents assessed for the semiannual assessment. These requests must include the assessment forms and the nursing facility's daily census for the date on which the assessments were completed including an explanation of any discrepancy between the daily census and the number of assessments submitted. The nursing facility must provide additional information to the Department of Health if the Department of Health requests the information in order to determine a resident's classification.

D.

Any change in resident class due to a semiannual assessment must be effective on the first day of the month following the date of the completion of the semiannual assessments.

Subp. 3.

Change in classification due to annual assessment by Department of Health.

Any change in resident class due to an annual assessment by the Department of Health's QA&R team will be effective as of the first day of the month following the date of completion of the Department of Health's assessments. QA&R shall not establish classifications for residents who experience an admission, transfer, hospital return, or discharge occurring during the QA&R team visit.

Subp. 4.

Assessment upon return to the nursing facility from a hospital.

Residents returning to a nursing facility after hospitalization must be assessed according to items A to D.

A.

A nursing facility must assess any resident who has returned to the same nursing facility after a hospital admission. The assessment must occur no more than five working days after the resident returns to the same nursing facility.

B.

In addition to the assessment required in item A, residents who have returned to the same nursing facility after hospital admission must be reassessed by the nursing facility no less than 30 days and no more than 35 days after return from the hospital unless the nursing facility's annual or semiannual reassessment occurs during the specified time period.

C.

A registered nurse shall perform the assessment on each resident according to QA&R procedures established by the Department of Health, including physical observation of the resident, review of the medical plan of care, and review of the resident's plan of care, and shall record the assessment on the assessment form. The registered nurse who performs the assessment shall sign the assessment form. Within five working days of the completion of the assessment, the nursing facility must forward to the Department of Health a request for a classification for any resident assessed upon return to the nursing facility after a hospital admission. This request must include the assessment form and the resident's medical plan of care or interagency transfer form. Upon request, the nursing facility must furnish the Department of Health with additional information needed to determine a resident's classification.

D.

Any change in resident class due to an assessment provided under item A must be effective on the date the resident returns to the nursing facility from the hospital. Any change in resident class due to a reassessment provided under item B must be effective as of the first of the month following the assessment.

Subp. 5.

Change in resident class due to audits of assessments of nursing facility residents.

Any change in resident class due to a reclassification required by part 4656.0050 must be retroactive to the effective date of the assessment audited.

Subp. 6.

False information.

If the nursing facility knowingly supplies inaccurate or false information in an assessment or a request for reconsideration, the commissioner shall apply the penalties in part 9549.0041, subpart 15.

Subp. 7.

Reconsideration of resident classification.

Any request for reconsideration of a resident classification must be made under part 4656.0070.

Subp. 8.

Change in resident class due to request for reconsideration of resident classification.

Any change in a resident class due to a request for reconsideration of the classification must be made in accordance with items A and B.

A.

The resident classification established by the Department of Health must be the classification that applies to the resident while any request for reconsideration under part 4656.0070 is pending.

B.

Any change in a resident class due to a reclassification under part 4656.0070 must be effective as of the effective date of the classification established by the original assessment for which a reconsideration was requested.

Subp. 9.

Resident access to assessments and documentation.

The nursing facility must provide access to information regarding rates, assessments, and other documentation provided to the Department of Health in support of the resident's assessments to each nursing facility resident or the resident's authorized representative according to items A to D.

A.

The nursing facility must post a notice of its current rates for each resident class in a conspicuous place. The rates must be posted no later than five days after receipt by the nursing facility. The nursing facility must include a notice that the nursing facility has chosen to appeal the rates under part 9549.0080.

B.

The nursing facility must provide written notice to each private paying resident or the person responsible for payment of any increase in the total payment rate established by the commissioner 30 days before the increase takes effect as required by Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.47, subdivision 2. The notice must specify the current classification of the resident. This item does not apply to adjustments in rates due to a necessary change in the resident's classification as a result of an assessment required in this part.

C.

The nursing facility must provide each nursing facility resident or the person responsible for payment with each classification letter received from the Department of Health within five days of the receipt of the classification letter. When the private paying resident is not the person responsible for payment, the classification letter must be sent to the person responsible for payment. If the resident's classification has changed, the nursing facility must include the current rate for the new classification with the classification letter.

D.

The nursing facility must provide each nursing facility resident or the resident's authorized representative with a copy of the assessment form and any other documentation provided to the Department of Health in support of the assessment within three working days of receipt of a written request from the resident or the resident's authorized representative.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 256B.41; 256B.431

History:

11 SR 1990; L 1987 c 309 s 24; 13 SR 130; 16 SR 93; L 1992 c 513 art 7 s 136; 18 SR 2584

Published Electronically:

October 11, 2007

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