ASSEMBLY, No. 3754

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JANUARY 24, 2011

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  LOUIS D. GREENWALD

District 6 (Camden)

Assemblyman  JON M. BRAMNICK

District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)

Assemblywoman  NANCY F. MUNOZ

District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)

Assemblywoman  CELESTE M. RILEY

District 3 (Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman Handlin

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Provides credit against ambulatory care facility assessment liability for value of unreimbursed care provided to hospital charity care patients.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning the assessment on ambulatory care facilities and amending P.L.1992, c.160.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  Section 7 of P.L.1992, c.160 (C.26:2H-18.57) is amended to read as follows:

     7. a. Effective January 1, 1994, the Department of Health and Senior Services shall assess each hospital a per adjusted admission charge of $10.00.

     Of the revenues raised by the hospital per adjusted admission charge, $5.00 per adjusted admission shall be used by the department to carry out its duties pursuant to P.L.1992, c.160 (C.26:2H-18.51 et al.) and $5.00 per adjusted admission shall be used by the department for administrative costs related to health planning.

     b.    Effective July 1, 2004, the department shall assess each licensed ambulatory care facility that is licensed to provide one or more of the following ambulatory care services:  ambulatory surgery, computerized axial tomography, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, magnetic resonance imaging, megavoltage radiation oncology, positron emission tomography, orthotripsy and sleep disorder services.  The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services may, by regulation, add additional categories of ambulatory care services that shall be subject to the assessment if such services are added to the list of services provided in N.J.A.C.8:43A-2.2(b) after the effective date of P.L.2004, c.54.

     The assessment established in this subsection shall not apply to an ambulatory care facility that is licensed to a hospital in this State as an off-site ambulatory care service facility.

     (1)   For Fiscal Year 2005, the assessment on an ambulatory care facility providing one or more of the services listed in this subsection shall be based on gross receipts for the 2003 tax year as follows:

     (a)   a facility with less than $300,000 in gross receipts shall not pay an assessment; and

     (b)   a facility with at least $300,000 in gross receipts shall pay an assessment equal to 3.5% of its gross receipts or $200,000, whichever amount is less.

     The commissioner shall provide notice no later than August 15, 2004 to all facilities that are subject to the assessment that the first payment of the assessment is due October 1, 2004 and that proof of gross receipts for the facility's tax year ending in calendar year 2003 shall be provided by the facility to the commissioner no later than September 15, 2004.  If a facility fails to provide proof of gross receipts by September 15, 2004, the facility shall be assessed the maximum rate of $200,000 for Fiscal Year 2005.

     The Fiscal Year 2005 assessment shall be payable to the department in four installments, with payments due October 1, 2004, January 1, 2005, March 15, 2005 and June 15, 2005.

     (2)   For Fiscal Year 2006, the commissioner shall use the calendar year 2004 data submitted in accordance with subsection c. of this section to calculate a uniform gross receipts assessment rate for each facility with gross receipts over $300,000 that is subject to the assessment, except that no facility shall pay an assessment greater than $200,000.  The rate shall be calculated so as to raise the same amount in the aggregate as was assessed in Fiscal Year 2005.  A facility shall pay its assessment to the department in four payments in accordance with a timetable prescribed by the commissioner.

     (3)   Beginning in Fiscal Year 2007 and for each fiscal year thereafter through Fiscal Year 2010, the uniform gross receipts assessment rate calculated in accordance with paragraph (2) of this subsection shall be applied to each facility subject to the assessment with gross receipts over $300,000, as those gross receipts are documented in the facility's most recent annual report to the department, except that no facility shall pay an assessment greater than $200,000.  A facility shall pay its annual assessment to the department in four payments in accordance with a timetable prescribed by the commissioner.

     (4)   [Beginning in] In Fiscal Year 2011 [and for each fiscal year thereafter], the uniform gross receipts assessment shall be applied at the rate of 2.95% to each facility subject to the assessment with gross receipts over $300,000, as those gross receipts are documented in the facility's most recent annual report submitted to the department pursuant to subsection c. of this section, except that no facility shall pay an assessment greater than $350,000.  A facility shall pay its annual assessment to the department in four payments in accordance with a timetable prescribed by the commissioner.

     (5) Beginning in Fiscal Year 2012 and for each fiscal year thereafter, the uniform gross receipts assessment shall be applied at the rate of 2.95% to each facility subject to the assessment with gross receipts over $300,000, as those gross receipts are documented in the facility's most recent annual report submitted to the department pursuant to subsection c. of this section, except that no facility shall pay an assessment greater than $350,000.

     Each facility may take as a credit against the liability due, the Medicaid-priced amount of the health care services provided by physician owners of an ambulatory care facility and their employees at a general hospital in this State to patients who qualify for charity care pursuant to section 10 of P.L.1992, c.160 (C.26:2H-18.60), for which care the physician or employee has not received any compensation from the hospital, patient, or any third party payer, as provided herein.  This credit shall not exceed the liability due in any fiscal year and any unused credit may not be applied in any other fiscal year in which a liability is due.  A facility shall pay its annual assessment to the department in four payments in accordance with a timetable prescribed by the commissioner.

     c.     Each ambulatory care facility that is subject to the assessment provided in subsection b. of this section shall submit an annual report including, at a minimum, data on volume of patient visits, charges, and gross revenues, by payer type, for patient services, beginning with calendar year 2004 data. 

     Beginning in calendar year 2011, the ambulatory care facility shall additionally include in its annual report the amount of health care services provided by physician owners of the ambulatory care facility and their employees at a general hospital in this State to patients who qualify for charity care, as described above in paragraph (5) of subsection b. of this section.  The department, in consultation with the Department of Human Services, shall price the health care services at the Medicaid amount for those services and notify the ambulatory care facility of the amount that may be credited against the liability due for that year.  The department may require the ambulatory care facility to submit such additional information as may be necessary to verify the facility's claim for health care services provided by physician owners and their employees at a general hospital.

     The annual report shall be submitted to the department according to a timetable and in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner.

     The department may audit selected annual reports in order to determine their accuracy.

     d. (1) If, upon audit as provided for in subsection c. of this section, it is determined that an ambulatory care facility understated its gross receipts in its annual report to the department, the facility's assessment for the fiscal year that was based on the defective report shall be retroactively increased to the appropriate amount and the facility shall be liable for a penalty in the amount of the difference between the original and corrected assessment.

     (2)   A facility that fails to provide the information required pursuant to subsection c. of this section shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $500 for each day in which the facility is not in compliance.

     (3)   A facility that is operating one or more of the ambulatory care services listed in subsection b. of this section without a license from the department, on or after July 1, 2004, shall be liable for double the amount of the assessment provided for in subsection b. of this section, in addition to such other penalties as the department may impose for operating an ambulatory care facility without a license.

     (4)   The commissioner shall recover any penalties provided for in this subsection in an administrative proceeding in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).

     e.     The revenues raised by the ambulatory care facility assessment pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Health Care Subsidy Fund established pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1992, c.160 (C.26:2H-18.58).

(cf: P.L.2010, c.23, s.1)

 

     2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill provides for a more equitable tax burden for owners of ambulatory care facilities that are subject to the uniform gross receipts assessment under section 7 of P.L.1992, c.160 (C.26:2H-18.57), by recognizing, by means of a tax credit, the value of the charity care services provided by physician owners and their employees at general hospitals to patients who qualify for charity care.  Since the revenues derived from the ambulatory care facility gross receipts assessment are dedicated to fund charity care provided at hospitals, under current law physician owners of the facilities subject to the assessment effectively contribute to funding charity care twice, through the facility assessment and through the uncompensated care they render to patients in hospitals who qualify for charity care.

     The bill, therefore, provides as follows:

·    Each facility may take as a credit against the liability due, the Medicaid-priced amount of the health care services provided by physician owners of an ambulatory care facility and their employees at general hospitals in this State to patients who qualify for charity care, for which care the physician or employee has not received any compensation from the hospital, patient, or any third party payer.

·    This credit shall not exceed the facility’s liability due in any fiscal year and any unused credit may not be applied in any other fiscal year in which a liability is due.

·    Beginning in calendar year 2011, the ambulatory care facility shall include in its annual report to the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) the amount of health care services provided by physician owners of the ambulatory care facility and their employees at a general hospital in this State to patients who qualify for charity care.

·    DHSS, in consultation with the Department of Human Services, shall price the health care services at the Medicaid amount for those services and notify the ambulatory care facility of the amount that may be credited against the liability due for that year.

·     DHSS may require the ambulatory care facility to submit such additional information as may be necessary to verify the facility's claim for unreimbursed health care services provided by physician owners and their employees at a general hospital.

·    The bill takes effect immediately.