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Title: Section 505.8 - Nursing service.

Effective Date

04/16/2008

505.8 Nursing service. (a) Where nursing care may be provided. Nursing services, as medically needed, may be provided to a medical assistance recipient in the person's home or in a hospital and, with respect to a child receiving nursing services pursuant to an individualized education program or an interim or final individualized family services plan, also in a school, an approved pre-school or a natural environment, including home and community settings, where such child would otherwise be found.

(b) Who may provide nursing care. (1) Nursing care to patients in New York State shall be provided by a person possessing a license and current registration from the New York State Education Department to practice as a registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse.

(2) Out-of-state nurses providing care to a New York State Medical Assistance patient who is temporarily located outside New York State, must be licensed and registered in the state in which they are practicing.

(c) Private duty nursing care in the hospital. Private duty nursing care in the hospital shall be provided on the recommendation of the patient's attending physician when the patient is in need of individual and continuous care beyond that available by the staff of a hospital, including that which is available in a critical care area.

(d) Nursing service in the home. (1) For necessary nursing service to be provided in the person's home, full and primary use shall be made of the services of an approved home health agency, including a hospitalbased home health agency.

(2) Such service shall be provided on a per visit basis and may include not only intermittent or part-time nursing service for the patient but also instructions to members of the patient's family in procedures necessary for the care of the patient.

(3) Service of a registered professional nurse or of a licensed practical nurse on a private practitioner basis may be provided to a patient in his own home only under the following circumstances:

(i) when there is no approved home health agency available to provide the intermittent or part-time nursing services needed by the patient;

(ii) when the patient is in need of individual and continuous nursing care beyond that available from an approved home health agency.

(e) Prior approval and prior authorization. Prior approval by the local professional director and prior authorization by the local social services official shall be required for nursing service provided in a person's home or in a hospital by a private practicing registered professional or licensed practical nurse, except that in an urgent situation the attending physician may order the service of such nurse for no more than two nursing days and immediately notify the local social services official and the appropriate medical director.

(f) Physician's written order required. All nursing services provided by a registered professional nurse or licensed professional nurse in a recipient's home, a hospital, a school, an approved pre-school, or a natural environment, including home and community settings, where such child would otherwise be found, must be provided in accordance with the attending physician's written order and plan of treatment. In extraordinary circumstances and for valid reasons which must be documented, nursing services in the home may be initiated by a home health agency before the physician examines the recipient. A physician's written order is required for all such nursing services in excess of the initial two visits.

(g) Reimbursement. (1) Reimbursement for nursing services rendered by a registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse on a private practitioner basis shall be at fees not to exceed those established by the Department of Health and approved by the State Budget Director. Nursing services rendered by a registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse on a private practitioner basis in a hospital provided on dates between July 1, 1977 and October 8, 1979 are nonreimbursable under the Medical Assistance Program, except that a local social services official (or the MMIS project director, if a county was listed in section 540.6 of this Subchapter at the time service was rendered) may determine to reimburse services rendered after October 1, 1979, in accordance with this Part, if written approval is obtained from the State Commissioner.

(2) Reimbursement shall not be allowed on a fee paid to a legally responsible relative who provides nursing services in the patient's home or in a hospital.

(3) Payment for nursing services provided by an approved home health agency, including a hospital-based home health agency, shall be at rates established by the State Commissioner of Health pursuant to subdivision 7 of section 206 of the Public Health Law and reimbursement for such expenditures shall be at such rates.

(4) Payment is available for nursing services which are part of the development of, or furnished pursuant to, an individualized education program and which are provided by a registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse employed by, or under contract to, a school district, an approved pre-school, a county in the State or the City of New York. Reimbursement for such services must be made in accordance with the provider agreement.

(5) Payment is available for nursing services which are part of the development of, or furnished pursuant to, an interim or final individualized family services plan and which are provided by a registered professional nurse or licensed practical nurse employed by, or under contract to, an approved early intervention program or a municipality in the State. Reimbursement for such services must be made in accordance with the provider agreement. (6) Effective January 1, 2007 through January 1, 2009, payment for nursing services provided to medically fragile children shall be at an enhanced rate which exceeds the provider's nursing services payment rate established by the Department of Health and approved by the State Budget Director under this subdivision. (a) Medically fragile children means children who are at risk of hospitalization or institutionalization, but who are capable of being cared for at home if provided with appropriate home care services, including but not limited to case management services and continuous nursing services, and includes any children under the age of 21 receiving continuous nursing services pursuant to this section. (b) The enhanced rate shall be determined by applying thirty percent (30%) of the provider's approved rate in addition to the rate otherwise payable under this subdivision, which increase is at least equivalent to the reimbursement rate for the AIDS Home Care Program specified in section 86-1.46(b) of Title 10 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York. Licensed Home Care Services Agency (LHCSA) providers receiving reimbursement at the enhanced rate shall use such amounts only to recruit and retain nurses to ensure the delivery of nursing services to medically fragile children. (c) The enhanced rate shall only be payable upon submission of a certification by a nurse provider, on forms and procedures prescribed by the Department, that he or she has satisfactory training and experience to provide nursing services to medically fragile children. A LHCSA provider shall make and submit such certifications on behalf of nurses rendering services to children under this subdivision.

(h) Nurse-midwife services. (1) Standards of conformity. The provision of nurse-midwife services to a recipient in the Medical Assistance Program shall be in conformity with the provisions of section 85.36 of the Department of Health regulations (10 NYCRR) in order to be a reimbursable service.

(2) Payment for nurse-midwife services. (i) State reimbursement shall be available for expenditures made in accordance with provisions of this section.

(ii) Payment and reimbursement under the Medical Assistance Program for services provided by an independently practicing nurse-midwife shall be in accordance with fees established by the State Department of Health and approved by the State Director of the Budget.

(iii) Services provided by a nurse-midwife who is salaried by a medical facility that is reimbursed for services on a cost-related basis shall not be reimbursed on a fee-for-service basis if the cost for the nurse-midwife's salary is included in the facility's cost-based rate.

(iv) Services provided by nurse-midwives under this subdivision shall be eligible for payment and State reimbursement effective January 1, 1984.

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VOLUME C (Title 18)

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