Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 | 12:42 p.m.
CARSON CITY – The state is going to refund $907,888 to nursing homes because of over-collection of taxes and fees in fiscal year 2010.
The state Board of Examiners today approved the plan by the state Health Care Financing and Policy Division, which will make the refund based on the number of beds in the 36 nursing homes.
Division Administrator Chuck Duarte told the board it collects $439 million a year from nursing homes and the refund amounts to 0.2 percent. He said the businesses would be credited on their taxes and fees this year.
Durarte said the settlement will actually result in a net benefit to the state of $700,000 due to financial rules and federal regulations.
The overpayment was discovered by a CPA firm during an audit. Duarte said the division has received guidance from the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services that a refund is the appropriate course of action.
The examiners board also approved a $715,470 settlement between the state transportation department and Road and Highway Builders over a dispute on work on State Route 160 in Clark County.
The department estimated it owed only $22,000 more to the contractor, who sought $1.4 million. Richard Nelson, assistant director for operations for the transportation department, said the state felt the extra work should take three days and the contractor wanted payment for 10 days.
A compromise was reached.