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Waiver Services - HCS MNP - Medically Needy Residential Waiver Program (MNRW) - D - Determining Cost of Care and Client Responsibility


Revised May 13, 2013



Purpose:

 WAC 182-515-1540 

Clarifying Information-Determining cost of care and client responsibility

Calculating Cost of Care

DSHS uses the daily rate for the community residential facility. In order to project what the cost would be monthly, multiply the specific facility’s daily rate X 30.42. The result is the projected monthly cost of care.


EXAMPLE

  1. A client is in, or considering to go into, a facility with a daily rate of $62.92.

  2. Multiply this rate by 30.42. The result is $1914.02.

  3. To be eligible for MNRW without spenddown, the client’s countable income must be at or below this rate.


 MNRW and Spenddown
  1. Spenddown is the amount of countable income over the facility’s contracted rate for a 30.42-day month.

  2. Clients must incur medical expenses of at least the total spenddown amount for the base period and provide proof to the department before we can:

    1. Authorize MNRW services; or

    2. Place the client on the wait list.

  3. If you are considering approving MNRW for a client with spenddown, you must ensure the client will meet their spenddown at the beginning of every base period. Otherwise, it would be a disservice to relocate a client from the nursing home if he or she cannot maintain MNRW eligibility.

  4. If a client’s spenddown is so low that he or she will meet spenddown within one or two days of the base period, work with the client or the representative to get the bill into the HCS office at the beginning of the base period.

  5. For spenddown clients at each eligibility review, do not remove them from an active slot at the end of the certification period unless they cannot meet spenddown in the first 30 days of the new base period.

Client Responsibility Toward Cost of Care

Active MNRW clients must contribute towards their cost of care. The client’s responsibility is calculated using their gross non-excluded income (not-countable income) and reducing it by allowed deductions. The amount of non-excluded income remaining after the deductions is called available income. This available income is the amount of the client’s contribution. (See Scenarios 1-3.)

Do not allow the private charges for a residential facility as a medical expense. These charges are not considered a medical expense.

Exception To Rule (ETR)

  1. An approved ETR is required to allow a client’s expenses for the following as they are not automatically allowed as a deduction in the MNRW

    1. Guardianship fees and associated costs (per chapter 388-79 WAC);

    2. Child support; and

    3. Income taxes.

  2. HCS staff are to request ETRs per their regional procedures.

  3. The total of the following deductions cannot be more than the Medically Needy Income Level - MNIL   See Long Term Care - ParticipationWAC 182-513-1380  (2) (a)  for a description of how to allow these deductions from the client’s responsibility toward the cost of care.

    1. PNA

    2. Deductions approved via an ETR:

      1. Guardianship fees and associated costs

      2. Income Taxes

      3. Child Support

Using the Correct PNA

Determining the correct Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) that should be used in the client responsibility calculation depends on the living arrangement from the first to the end of the month.   The highest PNA based on living arrangement and service is allowed.   Unlike the COPES or nursing facility program, marital status does not have an affect on the client’s PNA.

See LTC standards and PNA chart  for current PNA amount

From

To

Day

PNA

Home

MNRW

Any day

MNIL

NF

MNRW

Any day

$60.78

Private Pay ALF

MNRW

Any day

$60.78

MNRW

Home

Any day

MNIL

MNRW

Nursing Home

Any day

$60.78

MNRW

Private Pay ALF

Any day

MNIL

Splitting Client Responsibility Between Facilities

When an active Medicaid client transitions to the MNRW program, the client’s contribution towards the cost of care may need to be split between the facilities for the month the client made the move.

To determine how much the client’s contribution is towards the new facility:

  1. Determine how much the client must pay towards the cost of care in the discharge facility. Do this by determining how many days the client was in the discharge facility in the month of the change (do not count the day the client discharges).

  2. Multiply the number of days by the facility’s department contracted daily rate. The result is the amount of the client’s cost of care for the discharge facility. Allow this as a deduction towards the client’s responsibility in the new facility.

  3. When re-computing client participation or responsibility because of a change, be sure to use the correct PNA based on the chart in the previous section.

  4. Manually generate ACES LTC change letters, as needed.

  5. Do not allow the private charges for a residential facility as a medical expense. These charges are not considered a medical expense.

Modification Date: May 13, 2013