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317:2-1-16.Nursing Facility Supplemental Payment Program Appeals

[Revised 09-01-17]

In accordance with OAC 317:30-5-136, OHCA is authorized to promulgate rules for appeals of the Nursing Facility Supplemental Payment Program (NFSPP).The rules in this Section describe those appeal rights.

(1) The following are appealable issues of the program: program eligibility determination, the assessed amount for each component of the Intergovernmental transfer, the Upper Payment Limit (UPL) payment, the Upper Payment Limit Gap payment, and penalties for the providers.  This is the final and only process for appeals regarding NFSPP. Suspensions or terminations from the program are not appealable in the administrative process.

(2) Appeals are heard by the OHCA Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

(3) To file an appeal, the provider (Appellant is the provider who files an appeal) shall file an LD-2 form within twenty (20) days from the date of the OHCA letter which advises the provider of the program eligibility determination, component of intergovernmental transfer (IGT), UPL payment, UPL GAP and/or a penalty. An IGT that is not received by the date specified by OHCA, or that is not the total indicated on the NPR shall be subject to penalty and suspension from the program. Any applicable penalties must also be deducted from the UPL payment regardless of any appeal action requested by the facility. Any change in the payment amount resulting from an appeals decision in which a recoupment or additional allocation is necessary will be adjusted in the future from any Medicaid payments.

(4) Consistent with Oklahoma rules of practice, the non-state government owned (NSGO) entity must be represented by an attorney licensed to practice within the State of Oklahoma. Attorneys not licensed to practice in Oklahoma must comply with 5 O.S. Art II, Sec. 5, and rules of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

(5) The hearing will be conducted in an informal manner, without formal rules of evidence or procedure. However parties who fail to appear at a hearing, after notification of said hearing date, will have their cases dismissed for failure to prosecute.

(6) The provider has the burden of proof by the preponderance of the evidence standard as defined by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

(7) The docket clerk will send the Appellant and any other necessary party a notice which states the hearing location, date, and time.

(8) The ALJ may:

(A) Identify and rule on issues being appealed which will be determined at the administrative hearing;

(B) Require the parties to state their positions concerning appeal issue(s);

(C) Require the parties to produce for examination those relevant witnesses and documents under their control;

(D) Rule on whether witnesses have knowledge of the facts at issue;

(E) Establish time limits for the submission of motions or memoranda;

(F) Rule on relevant motions, requests and other procedural items, limiting all decisions to procedure matters and issues directly related to the contested determination resulting from OAC 317:30-5-136;

(G) Rule on whether discovery requests are relevant;

(H) Strike or deny witnesses, documents, exhibits, discovery requests, and other requests or motions which are cumulative, not relevant, not material, used as a means of harassment, unduly burdensome, or not timely filed;

(I) Schedule pre-hearing conferences to settle, simplify, or identify issues in a proceeding or to consider other matters that may end the appeal;

(J) Impose appropriate sanctions against any party failing to obey an order of the ALJ;

(K) Rule on any requests for extension of time;

(L) Dismiss an issue or appeal if:

(i) it is not timely filed or is not within the OHCA's jurisdiction or authority;

(ii) it is moot or there is insufficient evidence to support the allegations;

(iii) the appellant fails or refuses to appear for a scheduled meeting; or

(iv) the appellant refuses to accept a settlement offer which affords the relief the party could reasonably expect if the party prevailed in the appeal;

(M) Set and/or limit the time frame for the hearing.

(9) After the hearing:

(A) The ALJ should attempt to make the final hearing decision within ninety (90) days from the date of the hearing and send a copy of the ALJ's decision to both parties outlining their rights to appeal the decision. Any appeal of the final order pursuant to 12 O.S. ' 951 must be filed with the District Court of Oklahoma County within 30 days.

(B) It shall be the duty of the Appellant in any District Court appeal to order a written transcript of proceedings to be used on appeal. The transcript must be ordered within thirty (30) days of the filing of an appeal in the District Court and any costs associated with the preparation of the transcript shall be borne by the Appellant.

(10) All orders and settlements are non-precedential decisions.

(11) The hearing shall be digitally recorded and closed to the public.

(12) The case file and any audio recordings shall remain confidential. 

 

Disclaimer. The OHCA rules found on this Web site are unofficial. The official rules are published by the Oklahoma Secretary of State Office of Administrative Rules as Title 317 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. To order an official copy of these rules, contact the Office of Administrative Rules at (405) 521-4911.