Or. Admin. R. 411-070-0330 - Owner Compensation

(1) Reasonable compensation for services performed by owners (whether sole proprietors, partners, or stockholders) is an allowable cost, provided the services are actually performed, documented, and are necessary, and the provisions of this rule are met.
(2) The allowance of compensation for services of sole proprietors and partners is the amount determined by the Department to be the reasonable value of the services rendered as long as compensation was paid in conformance with this rule.
(3) Compensation for services performed by owners may be included in allowable provider cost only to the extent that it represents reasonable remuneration for managerial, administrative, professional, and other services related to the operation of the facility and rendered in connection with resident care. Services rendered in connection with resident care include both direct and indirect activities in the provision and supervision of resident care, such as administration, management, and overall supervision of the institution. Services which are not related to either direct or indirect resident care; e.g., those primarily for the purpose of managing or improving the owner's financial investment are not recognized as an allowable cost. Costs related to the owner's management and overall supervision of the facility will be reported in Account 436.
(4) Payments to an owner that represent a return on equity capital are not allowable costs for reimbursement purposes. Such payments are not considered as compensation for purposes of determining the reasonable level of reimbursement of the owner.
(5) The compensation allowance will be an amount as would ordinarily be paid for comparable services in other nursing facilities, as defined by section (6) of this rule. This determination will be made by the Department depending upon the facts and circumstances of each case.
(6) For purposes of determining whether the compensation paid to or claimed by an owner is reasonable, the total of all benefits and remuneration such as travel allowance or key-man insurance, regardless of the form, will be considered. The Department has established the 75th percentile ranking of average compensation paid, in all facilities by job category, as being reasonable.
(7) Accrued compensation of an owner, if not paid within 75 days after the end of the Nursing Facility Financial Statement reporting period, may not be included as an allowable expense.
(8) An owner must not be compensated for services in excess of 40 hours in one week. This rule applies even if an owner may provide services in more than one area.
(9) The requirement that the function be necessary means that had the owner not rendered the services, the institution would have had to employ another person to perform them. The services must be pertinent to the operation and sound conduct of the institution.
(10) Compensation paid to an employee who is an immediate relative of the owner of the facility is also reviewable under the test of reasonableness. For this purpose, the following persons are considered "immediate relatives": Husband and wife; natural parent, child and sibling; adopted child and adoptive parent; stepparent, stepchild, stepbrother and stepsister; father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law; and grandparent and grandchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, and cousin.
(11) Where an owner provides services for more than one facility or is engaged in other occupations or business activities, allowable compensation may be adjusted to reflect an appropriate allocation of time spent in each area based on the combined total of resident days.
(12) Where an owner functions as an administrator or assistant administrator, the rules governing compensation of these positions apply, in addition to the requirements of this rule.

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Or. Admin. R. 411-070-0330
PWC 866(Temp), f. 12-30-77, ef. 1-1-78; AFS 19-1978, f. & ef. 5-1-78; Renumbered from 461-017-0330 by Ch. 784, OL 1981 & AFS 69-1981, f. 9-30-81, ef. 10-1-81; SSD 6-1985, f. 5-31-85, ef. 6-1-85; SSD 10-1986, f. & ef. 7-1-86; SSD 8-1991, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-91; SSD 6-1993, f. 6-30-93, cert. ef. 7-1-93; SSD 8-1994, f. & cert. ef. 12-1-94; SPD 9-2006, f. 1-26-06, cert. ef. 2-1-06

Stat. Auth.: ORS 414.065 & 410

Stats. Implemented: ORS 410.070

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