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PDFWAC 388-96-809

Change of ownershipFinal reports—Settlement securities.

(1) When there is a change of ownership for any reason, final reports shall be submitted as required by WAC 388-96-022.
(2) Upon a notification of intent to change ownership, the department shall determine by settlement or reconciliation the amount of any overpayments made to the assigning or terminating contractor, including overpayments disputed by the assigning or terminating contractor. If settlements are unavailable for any period up to the date of assignment or termination, the department shall make a reasonable estimate of any overpayment or underpayments for such periods. The reasonable estimate shall be based upon prior period settlements, available audit findings, the projected impact of prospective rates, and other information available to the department. The department shall also determine and add in the total of all other debts and potential debts owed to the department regardless of source, including, but not limited to, interest owed to the department as authorized by this chapter, civil fines imposed by the department, or third-party liabilities.
(3) For all cost reports, the assigning or terminating contractor shall provide security, in a form deemed adequate by the department, equal to the total amount of determined and estimated overpayments and all debts and potential debts from any source, whether or not the overpayments are the subject of good faith dispute including but not limited to, interest owed to the department, civil fines imposed by the department, and third-party liabilities. Security shall consist of one or more of the following:
(a) Withheld payments due the assigning or terminating contractor under the contract being assigned or terminated;
(b) An assignment of funds to the department;
(c) The new contractor's assumption of liability for the prior contractor's debt or potential debt;
(d) An authorization to withhold payments from one or more medicaid nursing facilities that continue to be operated by the assigning or terminating contractor;
(e) A promissory note secured by a deed of trust; or
(f) Other collateral or security acceptable to the department.
(4) An assignment of funds shall:
(a) Be at least equal to the amount of determined or estimated debt or potential debt minus withheld payments or other security provided; and
(b) Provide that an amount equal to any recovery the department determines is due from the contractor from any source of debt to the department, but not exceeding the amount of the assigned funds, shall be paid to the department if the contractor does not pay the debt within sixty days following receipt of written demand for payment from the department to the contractor.
(5) The department shall release any payment withheld as security if alternate security is provided under subsection (3) of this section in an amount equivalent to the determined and estimated debt.
(6) If the total of withheld payments and assigned funds is less than the total of determined and estimated debt, the unsecured amount of such debt shall be a debt due the state and shall become a lien against the real and personal property of the contractor from the time of filing by the department with the county auditor of the county where the contractor resides or owns property, and the lien claim has preference over the claims of all unsecured creditors.
(7) A properly completed final cost report shall be filed in accordance with WAC 388-96-022, which shall be examined by the department in accordance with WAC 388-96-205.
(8) Security held pursuant to this section shall be released to the contractor after all debts, including accumulated interest owed the department, have been paid by the old owner.
(9) Security held pursuant to this section shall be released to the contractor if the new contractor assumes all liability.
(10) If, after calculation of settlements for any periods, it is determined that overpayments exist in excess of the value of security held by the state, the department may seek recovery of these additional overpayments as provided by law.
(11) Regardless of whether a contractor intends to change ownership, if a contractor's net medicaid overpayments and erroneous payments for one or more settlement periods, and for one or more nursing facilities, combined with debts due the department, reaches or exceeds a total of fifty thousand dollars, as determined by settlement, civil fines imposed by the department, third-party liabilities or by any other source, whether such amounts are subject to good faith dispute or not, the department shall demand and obtain security equivalent to the total of such overpayments, erroneous payments, and debts and shall obtain security for each subsequent increase in liability reaching or exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars. Such security shall meet the criteria in subsections (3) and (4) of this section, except that the department shall not accept an assumption of liability. The department shall withhold all or portions of a contractor's current contract payments or impose liens, or both, if security acceptable to the department is not forthcoming. The department shall release a contractor's withheld payments or lift liens, or both, if the contractor subsequently provides security acceptable to the department.
(12) Notwithstanding the application of security measures authorized by this section, if the department determines that any remaining debt of the old owner is uncollectible from the old owner, the new owner is liable for the unsatisfied debt in all respects. If the new owner does not accept assignment of the contract and the contingent liability for all debt of the prior owner, a new certification survey shall be done and no payments shall be made to the new owner until the department determines the facility is in substantial compliance for the purposes of certification.
(13) Medicaid provider contracts shall only be assigned if there is a change of ownership, and with approval by the department.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.46.431(9). WSR 15-09-025, § 388-96-809, filed 4/7/15, effective 5/8/15. Statutory Authority: Chapter 74.46 RCW, 2010 1st sp.s. c 34, and 2010 1st sp.s. c 37 § 958. WSR 11-05-068, § 388-96-809, filed 2/14/11, effective 2/26/11.]
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