New Mexico Administrative Code
Title 7 - HEALTH
Chapter 7 - HOSPITALS
Part 3 - REQUIREMENTS FOR RURAL EMERGENCY HOSPITALS
Section 7.7.3.8 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Universal Citation: 7 NM Admin Code 7.7.3.8

Current through Register Vol. 35, No. 6, March 26, 2024

A. Eligibility: The following facilities that were enrolled and certified to participate in Medicare as of December 27, 2020, are eligible to be an REH:

(1) CAHs;

(2) A subsection (d) hospital (as defined in section 1886(d)(1)(B) of the Social Security Act (the Act) with not more than 50 beds located in a county (or equivalent unit of local government) in a rural area (as defined in section 1886(d)(2)(D) of the Act) (referred to as rural hospital);

(3) A subsection (d) hospital (as so defined) with not more than 50 beds that was treated as being located in a rural area pursuant to section 1886(d)(8)(E) of the Act (referred to as rural hospital);

(4) Facilities that were enrolled as CAHs or rural hospitals with not more than 50 beds as of December 27, 2020, and then subsequently closed after that date, would also be eligible to seek REH designation if they re-enroll in Medicare and meet all the COPs and requirements for REHs.

B. Action plan: An action plan must be submitted to the department by the eligible facility to initiate REH services. The action plan outlines the facility's plan for conversion to an REH and the initiation of REH specific services including the provision of emergency department services, observation care and other medical and health services elected by the REH. This should include details regarding staffing provisions and the number and type of qualified staff for the provision of REH services, as set forth in the CMS COPs.

(1) The action plan must include a detailed transition plan that lists the following:
(a) specific services the facility will retain;

(b) specific services the facility will modify;

(c) specific services the facility will add; and

(d) specific services the facility will discontinue.

(2) The facility must include a description of services that the facility intends to furnish on an outpatient basis if elected by the REH.

(3) The facility must also include information regarding how the facility intends to use the additional facility payment. This includes a description of the services that the additional facility payment would be supporting such as the operation and maintenance of the facility and furnishing of services (i.e., telehealth services, ambulance services, etc.).

(4) Eligible facilities may submit the action plan and additional information on letterhead or use the model template available on the CMS website. The submission should be signed by the facility's legal representative or administrator.

(5) The department will forward the action plan and information along with its recommendation for approval or denial to the designated CMS location for review and approval of the action plan components. The CMS location will make a final determination and notify the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) once the enrollment package is complete and has been reviewed and approved.

(6) The action plan and information must include all the required elements as specified in Paragraph (1)-(3) of Subsection B of Section 7.7.3.8 NMAC. Missing or incomplete information may delay the conversion and enrollment process for eligible facilities applying to become an REH.

(7) In accordance with section 1861(kkk)(2)(A) of the Act, action plans will be available to the public and will eventually be posted on the CMS website.

C. Transfer Agreement: Pursuant to section 1861(kkk)(2) of the Act and 42 CFR § 485.538"Condition of Participation: Agreements", the REH is required to have a transfer agreement with at least one Medicare-certified hospital that is designated as a level I or level II trauma center. The agreement is intended to ensure an appropriate referral and transfer process is in place for patients requiring emergency care and continued care services beyond the capabilities of the REH. In order to document compliance, a copy of the transfer agreement should be submitted to the department along with the action plan.

D. Attestation:

(1) An REH is required to meet the COPs for Rural Emergency Hospitals set forth at Subpart E of 42 CFR Part 485 (§ 485.500 - § 485.546). Other than the requirement that the REH submit its agreement with a nearby trauma center, eligible facilities converting to an REH may self-attest to meeting the REH COPs and will not require an automatic on-site initial survey as eligible facilities are expected to be in full compliance with the existing CAH and hospital requirements at the time of the request for conversion.

(2) Facilities may submit the attestation for compliance with the REH COPs along with the action plan and copy of the transfer agreement to the licensing authority. The attestation may be completed on facility letterhead or the model template provided on the CMS website may be used. The attestation should be signed by the facility's legal representative or administrator.

(3) The department will review the additional information for completeness and confirm compliance with any applicable state licensure requirements. Once the additional information has been reviewed, the department will forward the additional information to the designated CMS location, along with a recommendation for certification or denial.

(4) The designated CMS location is responsible for making the final determination for certification of the REH. The effective date will be based upon the date the application package was determined to be complete and approved by the designated CMS location for meeting all REH requirements. For facilities that require an on-site initial survey, the effective date will be based on current CMS policy, which is the exit day of survey if no deficiencies are cited, or in the alternative, if deficiencies are noted, the date an acceptable plan of correction was approved (see further guidance at 42 CFR § 489.13).

E. Types of licenses:

(1) "Annual license": an annual license is issued for a one-year period to a hospital that has met all requirements of these requirements.

(2) "Temporary license": the licensing authority may, at its sole discretion, issue a temporary license prior to the initial state survey, or when the licensing authority finds partial compliance with these requirements. Facilities that were eligible as of December 27, 2020, which subsequently closed and re-enrolled in Medicare would require an initial on-site survey by the licensing authority. These facilities do not have to submit an attestation, as required in Subsection D of 7.7.3.8 NMAC, as an on-site initial survey will be performed to determine the facility is operational and in compliance with the REH requirements.
(a) a temporary license shall cover a period of time, not to exceed 120 days, during which the facility must correct all specified deficiencies:

(b) in accordance with Subsection D of Section 24-1-5 NMSA 1978, no more than two consecutive temporary licenses shall be issued.

(3) "Amended license": a licensee must apply to the licensing authority for an amended license when there are reported events, including but not limited to a change of administrator, name, or capacity. The application shall:
(a) be on a form provided by the licensing authority;

(b) be accompanied by the required fee for an amended license; and

(c) be submitted at least 10 working days prior to the change.

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