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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 90. Methods and Standards for Establishing Payment Rates for Long-Term Care

12VAC30-90-305. Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs).

Appendix IV
Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs)

A. The Resource Utilization Groups-III (RUG-III), Version 5.12, 34-group, index maximizing model shall be used as the resident classification system to determine the RUG-III group for each resident assessment. RUG-III classifies resident assessments according to the intensity of each resident's needs. Data from the minimum data set (MDS) submitted by each facility to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shall be used to classify the resident assessments into RUG-III groups.

B. Definitions. The following words and terms when used in this appendix shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Base year" means the calendar year for which the most recent reliable nursing facility cost settled cost reports are available in the DMAS database as of September 1 of the year prior to the year in which the rebased rates will be used. (See also definition of rebasing.)

"Case-mix index (CMI)" means a numeric score that identifies the relative resources used by similar residents and represents the average resource consumption of those residents.

"Case-mix neutralization" means the process of removing cost variations for direct patient care costs associated with different levels of resident case mix.

"Day-weighted median" means a weighted median where the weight is Medicaid days.

"Medicaid average case-mix index" means a simple average, carried to four decimal places, of all resident case mix indices where Medicaid is known to be the per diem payor source on the last day of the calendar quarter.

"Minimum data set (MDS)" means a federally required resident assessment instrument. Information from the MDS is used to determine the facility's case-mix index.

"Normalization" means the process by which the average case mix for the state is set to 1.0.

"Nursing facility" means a facility, not including intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded, licensed by the Department of Health and certified as meeting the participation requirements of the Medicaid program.

"Rebasing" means the process of updating cost data used to calculate peer group ceilings for subsequent base years.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, eff. July 1, 2002.

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