(1) The Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund is created. Interest and income earned by the fund shall be credited to the fund. Any money in the fund available for investment shall be invested by the state investment officer pursuant to the Nebraska Capital Expansion Act and the Nebraska State Funds Investment Act.
(2) The department shall use the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund, including the matching federal financial participation under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, as amended, for the purpose of enhancing rates paid under the medical assistance program to nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, exclusive of the reimbursement paid under the medical assistance program, and, except for the purpose of reimbursement for retroactive compensation as provided in subsection (2) of section 68-1927 or reimbursement for rate enhancements in anticipation of receipt of quality assurance assessments or related matching federal financial participation pursuant to the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Assessment Act, shall not use the fund to replace or offset existing state funds paid to nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities for providing services under the medical assistance program.
(3) The Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund shall also be used as follows:
(a) To pay the department a reasonable administrative fee for enforcing and collecting the quality assurance assessment out of the Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fund in addition to any federal medical assistance matching funds;
(b) To pay the share under the medical assistance program of a quality assurance assessment as an add-on to the rate under the medical assistance program for costs incurred by a nursing facility or skilled nursing facility. This rate add-on shall account for the cost incurred by a nursing facility or skilled nursing facility in paying the quality assurance assessment but only with respect to the pro rata portion of the assessment that correlates with the resident days in the nursing facility or skilled nursing facility that are attributable to residents funded by the medical assistance program;
(c) To rebase rates under the medical assistance program in accordance with the medicaid state plan as defined in section 68-907. In calculating rates, the proceeds of the quality assurance assessments and federal match not utilized under subdivisions (3)(a) and (b) of this section shall be used to enhance rates by increasing the annual inflation factor to the extent allowed by such proceeds and any funds appropriated by the Legislature; and
(d) To increase quality assurance payments to fund covered services to recipients of benefits from the medical assistance program within medicare upper payment limits as determined by the department following consultation with nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities.