Maine LD 751: An Act To Provide Consideration of the Need for Nursing Facility Beds in the Area Where They Are Located before Those Beds Are Lost

LD 751 (subjects: HEALTH CARE FACILITIES , NURSING HOMES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=751&PID=1456&snum=127


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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Peter Stuckey of Portland: (D – District 42) — e-mail

2 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/5/2015 House Committee on Health and Human Services suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/10/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Brakey of Androscoggin, REFERRED to the Committee on Health and Human Services, in concurrence.
4/14/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Provide Consideration of the Need for Nursing Facility Beds in the Area Where They Are Located before Those Beds Are Lost

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 22 MRSA 335, sub- 1, D, as amended by PL 2011, c. 424, Pt. B, 15 and affected by Pt. E, 1, is further amended to read:

D. Does not result in inappropriate increases in service utilization, according to the principles of evidence-based medicine adopted by the Maine Quality Forum, as established in Title 24-A, section 6951, when the principles adopted by the Maine Quality Forum are directly applicable to the application; and

Sec. 2. 22 MRSA 335, sub- 1, F, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 424, Pt. B, 15 and affected by Pt. E, 1, is amended to read:

F. In the case of a nursing facility project that proposes to add new nursing facility beds to the inventory of nursing facility beds within the State, is consistent with the nursing facility MaineCare funding pool and other applicable provisions of sections 333-A and 334-A . ; and

Sec. 3. 22 MRSA 335, sub- 1, G is enacted to read:

G. In the case of a nursing facility project that proposes to add new nursing facility beds as a result of the closing or reducing of beds in a different geographical area of the State, meets the requirements in subsection 7.

Sec. 4. 22 MRSA 335, sub- 7, D, as amended by PL 2003, c. 469, Pt. C, 11, is further amended to read:

D. The proposed services are consistent with the orderly and economic development of health facilities and health resources for the State as demonstrated by:

(1) The impact of the project on total health care expenditures after taking into account, to the extent practical, both the costs and benefits of the project and the competing demands in the local service area and statewide for available resources for health care;

(2) The availability of state funds to cover any increase in state costs associated with utilization of the project’s services; and

(3) The likelihood that more effective, more accessible or less costly alternative technologies or methods of service delivery may become available; and

Sec. 5. 22 MRSA 335, sub- 7, E, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 469, Pt. C, 12, is amended to read:

E. The project meets the criteria set forth in subsection 1 . ; and

Sec. 6. 22 MRSA 335, sub- 7, F is enacted to read:

F. There is a consideration of the effect on the area in which a nursing facility proposes to close or reduce beds or from which a nursing facility proposes to relocate beds as demonstrated by certain factors, including, but not limited to:

(1) Whether, and the extent to which, the loss or reduction of beds will result in health needs being unmet;

(2) Whether there will be a negative effect on the health status indicators of the population to be served;

(3) Whether, and the extent to which, there will be a negative effect on the economy of the area; and

(4) Whether the individuals occupying beds that are proposed to be relocated are able to access services that are within a reasonable travel distance for family members.

summary

This bill requires the certificate of need process to take into account the effect of the loss of nursing facility beds on the community’s health and economy and on family members and the individuals occupying the beds. The existing process examines only the need for new beds in an area where beds have been proposed.

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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