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317:30-5-64. Inpatient and routine services

Issued 5-11-98

(a) Long Term Care Hospital services includes routine items and services that must be provided directly or through appropriate arrangement by the facility when required by Medicaid residents.  Charges for routine services may not be made to resident's personal funds or to resident family members, guardians or other parties who have responsibility for the resident.  If reimbursement is available from Medicare or another public or private insurance or benefit program, those programs are billed by the facility.  In the absence of other available reimbursement, the facility must provide routine services from the funds received from the regular Medicaid vendor payment and Medicaid resident's applied income, or spenddown amount.

(b) An ad hoc committee composed of recognized nursing facility representatives and Oklahoma Health Care Authority staff will review the listing at least annually for additions or deletions, as indicated.  Routine services should be patient specific and in accordance with standard medical care.  Routine Services include, but are not limited to:

  • (l) Regular room;
  • (2) Dietary Services:
    • (A) regular diets,
    • (B) special diets,
    • (C) salt and sugar substitutes,
    • (D) supplemental feedings,
    • (E) special dietary preparations,
    • (F) equipment required for preparing and dispensing tube and oral feedings, and
    • (G)  special feeding devices (furnished or arranged for);
  • (3) Medically related social services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident, nursing care, and activities programs (costs for a private duty nurse or sitter are not allowed);
  • (4) Personal services - personal laundry services for residents (does not include dry cleaning);
  • (5) Personal hygiene items (personal care items required to be provided does not include electrical appliances such as shavers and hair dryers, or individual personal batteries) include:
    • (A) shampoo, comb and brush;
    • (B) bath soap;
    • (C) disinfecting soaps or specialized cleansing agents when indicated to treat or prevent special skin problems or to fight infection;
    • (D) razor and/or shaving cream;
    • (E) nail hygiene services; and
    • (F) sanitary napkins, douche supplies, perineal irrigation equipment, solutions and disposable douches;
  • (6) Routine oral hygiene items including:
    • (A) toothbrushes,
    • (B) toothpaste,
    • (C) dental floss,
    • (D) lemon glycerin swabs or equivalent products,
  • (7) Necessary items furnished routinely as needed to all patients, e.g., water pitcher, cup and tray, towels, wash cloths, hospital gowns, emesis basin, bedpan, and urinal.
  • (8) The facility will furnish as needed items such as  alcohol, applicators, cotton balls, tongue depressors.  Also, first aid supplies including small bandages, ointments and preparations for minor cuts and abrasions, enema supplies, including disposable enemas, gauze, 4 x 4's ABD pads, surgical and micropore tape, telfa gauze, ace bandages, etc.
  • (9) Over the counter drugs (non-legend) not covered by the prescription drug program (PRN or routine).  In general,  long term care hospitals are not required to provide any particular brand of non-legend drugs, only those items necessary to ensure appropriate care.
    • (A) If the physician orders a brand specific non-legend drug with no generic equivalent, the facility must provide the drug at no cost to the patient.  If the physician orders a brand specific non-legend drug that has a generic equivalent, the facility may choose a generic equivalent, upon approval of the ordering physician;
    • (B) If the physician does not order a specific type or brand of non-legend drug, the facility may choose the type or brand;
    • (C) If the recipient, family, or other responsible party (excluding  long term care hospital) prefers a specific type or brand of non-legend drug rather than the ones furnished by the facility, the recipient, family or responsible party may be charged the difference between the cost of the brand the resident requests and the cost of the brand generally provided by the facility. (Facilities are not required to provide an unlimited variety of brands of these items and services.  It is the required assessment of resident needs, not resident preferences, that will dictate the variety of products facilities need to provide);
    • (D) Before purchasing or charging for the preferred items, the facility must secure written authorization from the recipient, family member, or responsible party indicating his or her desired preference, the date and signature of the person requesting the preferred item.  The signature may not be that of an employee of the facility.  The authorization is valid until rescinded by the maker of the instrument;
  • (10) The facility will furnish or obtain any necessary equipment to meet the needs of the patient upon physician order.  Examples include:  trapeze bars and overhead frames, foot and arm boards, bed rails, cradles, wheelchairs, foot stools, adjustable crutches, canes, walkers, bedside commode chairs, hot water bottles or heating pad, ice bags, sand bags, traction equipment, I.V. stands, etc.;
  • (11) Physician prescribed lotions, ointments, powders,  medications and special dressings for the prevention and treatment of decubitus ulcers, skin tears and related conditions, when medications are not covered under the Vendor Drug Program or other third party payor;
  • (12) Supplies required for dispensing medications, including needles, syringes including insulin syringes, tubing for IVs, paper cups, medicine containers, etc.;
  • (13) Equipment and supplies required for simple tests and examinations, including scales, sphygmomanometers, stethoscopes, clinitest, acetest, dextrostix, pulse oximeters, blood glucose meters and test strips, etc.;
  • (14) Underpads and diapers, waterproof sheeting and pants, etc., as required for incontinence or other care.
    • (A) If the assessment and care planning process determines that it is medically necessary for the resident to use diapers as part of a plan to achieve proper management of incontinence, and if the resident has a current physician order for adult diapers, then the facility must provide the diapers without charge;
    • (B) If the resident or the family requests the use of disposable diapers and they are not prescribed or consistent with the facility's methods for incontinent care, the resident/family would be responsible for the expense;
  • (15) Oxygen for emergency use, or intermittent use as prescribed by the physician for medical necessity;
  • (16) Other physician ordered equipment to adequately care for the patient and in accordance with standard patient care, including infusion pumps and supplies, and nebulizers and supplies, etc.
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