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RULE §19.2606 Supplementation of Vendor Payments

Published: 2015

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(a) Facilities must abide by Public Law 95-142 related to Medicare/Medicaid antifraud and abuse amendments. (b) Participation will be limited to providers of services who accept, as payment in full, the amounts paid in accordance with the fee structure approved by the Texas Department of Human Services (DHS). (c) Providers who have a contract with DHS and who solicit contributions, donations, or gifts from Medicaid recipients or family members will be in noncompliance with federal requirements. (d) The facility must inform Medicaid recipients and their families that their right to nursing facility services is not contingent upon contributions. The facility must give copies of this notice to the recipient, and either the responsible party or family representative. (e) If a recipient, family member, guardian, or other interested party does make a free-will contribution, the nursing facility
administrator executes a statement for signature by both the contributor and the administrator. It will state that the services provided to any Medicaid recipient in the nursing facility are not predicated upon contributions and that the gifts are free-will contributions. (f) When a provider accepts federal and/or state funds for items or services delivered which are not reimbursed within the per diem, the facility must document:   (1) that the type of item or service is ordered by the physician;   (2) that the item or service has not been billed to more than one payor source; and   (3) that the recipient actually received the item or service.

Source Note: The provisions of this §19.2606 adopted to be effective May 1, 1995, 20 TexReg 2393.