The New Jersey “Nursing Home Quality of Care Improvement Fund Act” was signed into law on July 1, 2003, as P.L. 2003, C. 105, and was subsequently amended on June 29, 2004, as P.L. 2004, C. 41. The Act establishes a quarterly assessment on nursing homes in order to provide additional funds for improving the quality of care by increasing Medicaid reimbursement for services delivered to those senior citizens and other persons residing in New Jersey nursing homes. The law was made effective as of July 1, 2004.
The current rate is $11.92 per non-Medicare day to applicable nursing homes. The annual assessment rate is calculated by the Department of Health and Senior Services, and may be up to a maximum of 6% of the aggregate amount of annual revenues received by applicable nursing homes.
Disposition of Revenues
The monies collected from the nursing home provider assessment are statutorily transferred, through appropriation, to the General Fund and allocated for the support of nursing home programs designated by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services. The remaining monies, after the transfer to the General Fund, along with any Federal Medicaid funds received by the Commissioner, are distributed directly to qualifying nursing homes.