[Rev. 11/21/2013 4:29:45 PM--2013]

[NAC-428 Revised Date: 7-11]

CHAPTER 428 - HOSPITAL CARE FOR INDIGENT PERSONS

428.010††††††††††† Severability.

428.020††††††††††† Definitions.

428.030††††††††††† Eligibility for reimbursement.

428.040††††††††††† Investigation of persons for contractual liability.

428.050††††††††††† Patientís income.

428.060††††††††††† Patientís assets.

428.070††††††††††† Application for reimbursement.

428.080††††††††††† Preliminary review of applications; physiciansí charges and ambulance costs.

428.090††††††††††† Review of applications by board; reimbursement of hospitals.

 

 

 

††††† NAC 428.010  Severability. (NRS 428.205)  If any of the provisions of this chapter or any application to any person, thing or circumstance is held invalid, it is intended that the invalidity not affect the remaining provisions, or their application, that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.

†††† (Added to NAC by Bd. of Trustees of Fund for Hosp. Care to Indigent Persons, eff. 4-17-84)

††††† NAC 428.020  Definitions. (NRS 428.205)  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined or used in NRS 428.115 to 428.255, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

†††† (Added to NAC by Bd. of Trustees of Fund for Hosp. Care to Indigent Persons, eff. 4-17-84)

††††† NAC 428.030  Eligibility for reimbursement. (NRS 428.205)  A hospital is eligible to receive reimbursement for hospital care from the Fund only if all of the following requirements are met:

†††† 1.  The patientís injuries are examined and recorded in a hospital within 15 days after the date of the accident.

†††† 2.  The patient receives inpatient or outpatient care at the hospital.

†††† 3.  The hospital makes timely efforts to collect the amount of charges for hospital care furnished. These efforts must include documented evidence of full or partial unavailability of the following sources of possible payment:

†††† (a) Third persons contractually liable and adequate efforts to secure the patientís application for or compliance with the requirements of eligibility for payment.

†††† (b) The patientís income.

†††† (c) The patientís assets.

†††† 4.  Unless waived by the Board of Trustees of the Fund, the hospital submits to the appropriate board of county commissioners, within 2 years after the patient is discharged, its request for a determination that the patient is an indigent person.

†††† 5.  Unless waived by the Board of Trustees of the Fund, application for reimbursement is made by the hospital or hospitals providing the hospital care within 30 days after receipt of a certification of the patientís indigency from a county.

†††† 6.  The hospital certifies the appropriateness of admission, length of stay, medical necessity and utilization of health care of the patient.

†††† (Added to NAC by Bd. of Trustees of Fund for Hosp. Care to Indigent Persons, eff. 4-17-84; A 6-20-90; R054-10, 10-15-2010)

††††† NAC 428.040  Investigation of persons for contractual liability. (NRS 428.205)  Third persons whose contractual liability for a patientís hospital care must be investigated include:

†††† 1.  Any person responsible for the patientís support, including relatives or a guardian;

†††† 2.  The Armed Forces, if the patient is a member;

†††† 3.  The insurer of the patientís individual or group health, accident or cash benefit plan, or disability insurance, or that of any person responsible for the patientís support;

†††† 4.  The entity responsible for any benefit payable under any workerís compensation or occupational disease act or under federal employerís liability;

†††† 5.  The Social Security Administration for Medicare;

†††† 6.  Labor unions;

†††† 7.  The insurer of any third partyís liability insurance or any third party liable for the injury to the patient;

†††† 8.  The insurer of any benefits payable under any automobile insurance policy; and

†††† 9.  Public agencies such as:

†††† (a) The State through the Department of Health and Human Services; or

†††† (b) City or federal agencies.

†††† (Added to NAC by Bd. of Trustees of Fund for Hosp. Care to Indigent Persons, eff. 4-17-84)

††††† NAC 428.050  Patientís income. (NRS 428.205)  A patientís income includes:

†††† 1.  Cash on hand from the first of the calendar month;

†††† 2.  Wages or anticipated earnings for the patientís household;

†††† 3.  Income from a trust, pension, government program, or any other source not dependent on employment;

†††† 4.  Contributions from his or her family; and

†††† 5.  Borrowed money.

†††† (Added to NAC by Bd. of Trustees of Fund for Hosp. Care to Indigent Persons, eff. 4-17-84)

††††† NAC 428.060  Patientís assets. (NRS 428.205)  A patientís assets include:

†††† 1.  Real value of nonresidential property less encumbrances;

†††† 2.  Cash, stocks, bonds, trust funds and bank accounts;

†††† 3.  Life insurance policies with cash value, except burial policies;

†††† 4.  Nonessential vehicles, livestock and trailers; and

†††† 5.  Any other property which is not exempt from execution pursuant to NRS 21.090.

†††† (Added to NAC by Bd. of Trustees of Fund for Hosp. Care to Indigent Persons, eff. 4-17-84)

††††† NAC 428.070  Application for reimbursement. (NRS 428.205)

†††† 1.  A hospitalís application for reimbursement must include the following documents:

†††† (a) A completed copy of the application by the hospital to the appropriate county for certification of indigency;

†††† (b) A copy of the certification of indigency by the appropriate county;

†††† (c) An itemized statement of all charges for hospital care furnished to the patient;

†††† (d) A copy of all physicianís charges itemized according to the Current Procedural Terminology of the American Medical Association, adopted by reference in subsection 3, that was in effect in Nevada at the time that the patient was treated;

†††† (e) Records documenting the hospitalís efforts to collect the amount of charges for hospital care from third persons or programs liable;

†††† (f) A report of the accident from:

††††††††† (1) A law enforcement officer who responded to the accident; or

††††††††† (2) If a law enforcement officer did not respond to the accident, an emergency medical technician, intermediate emergency medical technician, advanced emergency medical technician or other first responder to the accident;

†††† (g) A release of medical and financial information by the patient or his or her guardian or parent in favor of the Board;

†††† (h) An assignment of the claim to the Board; and

†††† (i) A summary of the diagnosis.

†††† 2.  The standard edition of the Current Procedural Terminology, in the form most recently published by the American Medical Association, must be used to itemize all physiciansí charges for which a hospital seeks reimbursement from the Fund, unless the Executive Director of the Nevada Association of Counties gives notice pursuant to subsection 3.

†††† 3.  The most recently published standard edition of the Current Procedural Terminology of the American Medical Association is hereby adopted by reference and is effective unless, within 30 days after its publication, the Executive Director of the Nevada Association of Counties gives written notice that all or part of the revisions to the Current Procedural Terminology are not suitable for this State. If the Executive Director gives notice pursuant to this subsection, any section deemed unsuitable is not effective in this State beginning 30 days after the notice is published. This publication and all related data files are available by mail from the Order Department, American Medical Association, P.O. Box 930876, Atlanta, Georgia 31193-0876, by telephone at (800) 621-8335 or on the Internet at https://catalog.ama-assn.org/Catalog/cpt/cpt_home.jsp. The cost of the publication is $59.95 for members and $84.95 for nonmembers.

 

†††† 4.  As used in this section, ďfirst responderĒ has the meaning ascribed to it in NAC 450B.115.

†††† (Added to NAC by Bd. of Trustees of Fund for Hosp. Care to Indigent Persons, eff. 4-17-84; A 6-20-90; R054-10, 10-15-2010)

††††† NAC 428.080  Preliminary review of applications; physiciansí charges and ambulance costs. (NRS 428.205)

†††† 1.  Upon receipt of an application from a hospital for reimbursement, the Executive Director of the Nevada Association of Counties or his or her designee, on behalf of the Board, will review the application to determine its completeness and conformance with requirements for eligibility.

†††† 2.  Each application determined by the Executive Director of the Nevada Association of Counties or his or her designee to be incomplete or not in conformance with requirements for eligibility will be returned to the applicant without further action. A notation will be made on each returned application as to why it is incomplete or not in conformance with requirements for eligibility.

†††† 3.  Physicianís charges will be reviewed and payment will be made based on a percentage of charges, as established by the Board, in accordance with the edition of the Current Procedural Terminology of the American Medical Association, adopted by reference in NAC 428.070, that was in effect in Nevada at the time that the patient was treated.

†††† 4.  Applications determined by the Executive Director of the Nevada Association of Counties or his or her designee to be complete and in conformance with the requirements of eligibility to receive payment from the Fund will be referred to the Board.

†††† 5.  Unless approved by the Board, ambulance costs incurred as a result of a transfer of a patient from one hospital to another are payable only when:

†††† (a) A hospital is unable to provide specialized care or equipment; and

†††† (b) The medically necessary transfer occurred within 3 days after admission to the first hospital.

†††† (Added to NAC by Bd. of Trustees of Fund for Hosp. Care to Indigent Persons, eff. 4-17-84; A 6-20-90; R054-10, 10-15-2010)

††††† NAC 428.090  Review of applications by Board; reimbursement of hospitals. (NRS 428.205)  The Board will review all applications referred to it by the Executive Director. If an application is approved, the hospital will be reimbursed as follows:

†††† 1.  For urban hospitals, 85 percent of all eligible charges.

†††† 2.  For rural hospitals, 100 percent of all eligible charges.

†††† 3.  At each meeting of the Board, pro rata for all eligible charges that were not previously reimbursed to the extent money is available in the Fund.

†††† (Added to NAC by Bd. of Trustees of Fund for Hosp. Care to Indigent Persons, eff. 4-17-84; A 6-20-90)