317:30-5-126. Therapeutic leave and Hospital leave
Therapeutic leave is any planned leave other than hospitalization that is for the benefit of the patient. Hospital leave is planned or unplanned leave when the patient is admitted to a licensed hospital. Therapeutic leave must be clearly documented in the patient's plan of care before payment for a reserved bed can be made.
(1) Effective July 1, 1994, the nursing facility may receive payment for a maximum of seven (7) days of therapeutic leave per calendar year for each recipient to reserve the bed.
(2) No payment shall be made to a nursing facility for hospital leave.
(3) The Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) may receive payment for a maximum of 60 days of therapeutic leave per calendar year for each recipient to reserve a bed. No more than 14 consecutive days of therapeutic leave may be claimed per absence. Recipients approved for ICF/IID on or after July 1 of the year will only be eligible for 30 days of therapeutic leave during the remainder of that year. No payment shall be made for hospital leave.
(4) Midnight is the time used to determine whether a patient is present or absent from the facility. The day of discharge for therapeutic leave is counted as the first day of leave, but the day of return from such leave is not counted.
(5) Therapeutic leave balances are recorded on the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS). When a patient moves to another facility, it is the responsibility of the transferring facility to forward the patient's leave records to the receiving facility.