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317:30-5-327.3.Coverage for residents of nursing facilities
[Issued 06-25-07]
(a) An attendant must accompany members during SoonerRide Non-Emergency Transportation (NET). An attendant must be at least at the level of a nurse's aide, and must have the appropriate training necessary to provide any and all assistance to the member, including physical assistance needed to seat the member in the vehicle. The attendant must have the ability to interface with health care providers as appropriate. An attendant must be of an age of legal majority recognized under State law.
(1) The nursing facility must provide an attendant to accompany members receiving NET services.
(2) The attendant will be responsible for any care needed by the member(s) during transport and any assistance needed by the member(s) to assure the safety of all passengers and the driver of the vehicle. An attendant leaves the vehicle at its destination and remains with the member(s).
(3) When multiple members residing in the same nursing facility are being transported to the same provider for health care services, the nursing facility may provide one qualified attendant for each three members unless other circumstances indicate the need for additional attendants. Such circumstances might include but are not limited to:
(A) the physical and/or mental status of the member(s),
(B) difficulty in getting the member(s) in and out of the vehicle,
(C) the amount of time that a member(s) would have to wait unattended, etc.
(4) SoonerRide is not responsible for arranging for an attendant. The services of the attendant are not directly reimbursable by the SoonerRide program or SoonerCare. The cost for the attendant is included in the SoonerCare nursing facility per diem rate.
(5) In certain instances, a family member or legal guardian may wish to accompany the member for health care services. In such instances, the family member or legal guardian may accompany the member in place of the attendant. Only one escort may accompany a member. The escort must be able to provide any services and assistance necessary to assure the safety of the member in the vehicle.
(A) When an escort wishes to accompany the member in place of an attendant provided by the nursing facility, the escort and the nursing facility must sign a release form stating that an escort will be traveling with the member and performing the services which would normally be performed by the attendant. This release must be faxed to the SoonerRide broker's business office prior to the date of the transport.
(B) If an escort is used in place of an attendant provided by the nursing facility, that escort cannot be counted as an escort for any other member who is traveling in the same vehicle.
(C) SoonerRide is not required to transport any additional family members other than the one family member providing escort services. In the event that additional family members request transportation, the SoonerRide broker may charge those family members according to the SoonerRide broker's policies approved by the OHCA.
(D) An escort is not eligible for direct compensation by the SoonerRide broker or SoonerCare.
(b) For members who require non-emergency transportation for dialysis, one attendant is required to accompany a group of up to three dialysis patients when they are being transported for dialysis services. The attendant must remain with the patient(s) unless the provider of the dialysis treatment and the nursing facility sign a release form stating that the presence of the attendant is not necessary during the dialysis treatment. The release must be faxed to the SoonerRide broker's business office prior to the date of the dialysis service.
(1) In instances when an attendant does not remain with the member(s) during dialysis treatment, SoonerRide is not responsible for transporting the attendant back to the nursing facility.
(2) In instances when an attendant does not remain with the member(s) during dialysis treatment, the nursing facility is responsible for providing an attendant to accompany the member(s) on the return trip from the dialysis center. The nursing facility is also responsible for transporting that attendant to the dialysis center in order to accompany the member(s) on the return trip.
(c) In the event that a member is voluntarily moving from one nursing facility to another, SoonerRide will provide NET to the new facility. The nursing facility that the member is moving from will be responsible for scheduling the transportation and providing an attendant for the member.
(d) In the event that a nursing facility's license is terminated, SoonerRide will provide NET to a new nursing facility. The nursing facility that the member is moving from will be responsible for scheduling the NET through SoonerRide and providing an attendant to accompany the member.

Disclaimer. The OHCA rules found on this Web site are unofficial. The official rules are published by the Oklahoma Secretary of State Office of Administrative Rules as Title 317 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. To order an official copy of these rules, contact the Office of Administrative Rules at (405) 521-4911.