Section 173.48 | Fees for consumer care guide; long-term care consumer guide fund.
(A)(1) The department of aging may charge annual fees to long-term care facilities for the publication of the Ohio long-term care consumer guide, as well as late penalties if applicable. The department may contract with any person or government entity to collect the fees on its behalf. All fees collected under this section shall be deposited in accordance with division (B) of this section.
(2) Except as provided in division (A)(3) of this section, the annual fees charged under this section shall not exceed the following amounts:
(a) For each long-term care facility that is a nursing home, six hundred fifty dollars;
(b) For each long-term care facility that is a residential care facility:
(i) Until June 30, 2016, three hundred dollars;
(ii) Beginning July 1, 2016, three hundred fifty dollars.
(3) The department, by rule adopted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, may establish deadlines for the payment of the annual fees charged under this section. If the annual fee is not received by the department within ninety days of any deadline established by the department, the rules may require a long-term care facility to pay a late penalty equal to and in addition to the amount of the annual fee charged under this section.
(4) Unless prohibited by federal law, fees paid by a long-term care facility that is a nursing facility, including late penalties, shall be reimbursed through the medicaid program.
(B) There is hereby created in the state treasury the long-term care consumer guide fund. Money collected from the fees charged for the publication of the Ohio long-term care consumer guide under division (A) of this section and any late penalties shall be credited to the fund. The department shall use money in the fund for costs associated with publishing the Ohio long-term care consumer guide, including, but not limited to, costs incurred in conducting or providing for the conduct of customer satisfaction surveys.