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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 98-494



1997 Group Two Exception Requests; MA/LTC Participation Review

[28 Pa.B. 1594]

   The Department of Public Welfare (Department), by statement of policy effective December 19, 1996, adopted an interim policy announcing that, as a general matter, it intended to exercise its discretion to terminate or to refuse to enter into an MA provider agreement with a provider of nursing facility services that sought to increase the number of MA certified nursing facility beds through enrollment or expansion, unless the Department granted an exception on a case-by-case basis to permit that provider to enroll or expand; or, in the case of an enrolled provider, the provider did not expand by more than 10 beds or 10%, whichever was less, over a 2-year period. See 26 Pa.B. 5996 (December 14, 1996). The Department revised its interim policy effective August 11, 1997, to prohibit enrolled nursing facility providers from expanding their existing licensed bed capacity, under any circumstances, without first receiving an exception from the Department. See 27 Pa.B. 4005 (August 9, 1997).

   When it published its initial interim statement of policy, the Department announced its intention to supersede the interim policy with a permanent MA/Long Term Care (LTC) participation review process. To that end, the Department developed a process and guidelines that it intends to use to grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis to its general policy to deny or terminate MA enrollment. The Department published a final policy in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. See 28 Pa.B. 138 (January 10, 1998).

   Under those guidelines, the Department has committed to publish a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin listing all pending Group Two exception requests. By this notice, the Department announces the 1997 Group Two exception requests covering the submission period of July 1, 1997 through December 31, 1997.

Expansion Projects

Number Name Address County Beds
JD97002 ManorCare--Laureldale 2125 Elizabeth Avenue, Laureldale Berks     2
JD97012 ManorCare--Elizabethtown 320 South Market Street, Elizabethtown Lancaster     6
JD97022 Hospitality Care Center of Hermitage 3726 E. State Street, Hermitage Mercer     3
JD97037 Fox SubAcute Center 2644 Bristol Road, Warrington Bucks   17
JD97039 Immaculate Mary Home 2990 Holme Avenue, Philadelphia Philadelphia   50
JD97040 St. John Neumann Nursing Home 10400 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia Philadelphia   50
JD97041 Orangeville Nursing & Rehabilitation Ctr Orangeville Columbia     9
JD97042 Heritage Nursing Home, Inc. 200 South Main Street, Athens Bradford   45
JD97047 Gnaden Huetten Nursing & Conv. Center 211 N. 12th Street, Lehighton Carbon   45
JD97048 Fulton County Medical Center 216 South First Street, McConnellsburg Fulton   43
JD97050 Haven Crest Nursing Center 1277 Country Club Road, Monongahela Washington   10
JD97052 Atrium I Nursing, Research & Rehab. Ctr. 5180 Campbells Run Road, Pittsburgh Allegheny   30
JD97054 Margaret E. Moul Home 2050 Barley Road, York York   30
JD97056 Mercy Health Care Center 147 Newport Street, Nanticoke Luzerne   10
JD97059 Butler Valley Manor RR1 Box 1355, Drums Luzerne   19
JD97062 Bear Creek Health Care Center Route 115, Bear Creek Luzerne     8
JD97063 Easton Nursing Center Associates 498 Washington Street, Easton Northhampton 270

New Facility Projects

Number Name Address County Beds
JD97003 White Billet 412 South York Road, Hatboro Montgomery   39
JD97011 Bentleyville Nursing Home, Inc. 119 Wilson Road, Bentleyville Washington     *
JD97025 Gettysburg Hospital 147 Gettys Street, Gettysburg Adams   23
JD97036 Rebecca Residence Cedar Ridge Rd., West Deer Township Allegheny   60
JD97038 Millcreek Manor 3401 Poplar Street, Erie Erie   60
JD97043 Schreffler Manor 200 Rachel Drive, Pleasant Gap Centre   24
JD97044 Sage Health Services 404 East Hartford Street; Milford Pike   67
JD97051 Northern Health Facilities, Inc. Bullskin Fayette 120
JD97053 Atrium II Nursing, Research & Rehab Ctr Fawn Township Allegheny 120
JD97055 Atrium III Nursing, Research & Rehab Ctr Monument Avenue, Philadelphia Philadelphia 125

*This facility's exception request submitted did not identify the number of beds included in the proposed project.

   Copies of the above listed exception requests are available for review by the public during regular business hours. To schedule an appointment to review a request, call (717) 772-2570.

   The Department will accept written comments related to the requests for a 30-day period following the date of this publication. Written comments may be submitted to: Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of LTC Programs, Attention: Policy Section, P. O. Box 8025, Harrisburg, PA 17105.

   Persons with a disability may use the AT&T Relay Service by calling (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users). Persons who require another alternative format should contact Thomas Vracarich at (717) 783-2209.


   Fiscal Note: 14-NOT-167. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-494. Filed for public inspection March 27, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]

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