Payments to States for Programs to Promote the Hiring and Retention of Nurses at State Veterans Homes

In accordance with the provisions of 38 U.S.C.

1744, this part sets forth the mechanism for a State to obtain payments to assist a State Veterans Home (SVH) in the hiring and retention of nurses for the purpose of reducing nursing shortages at that SVH.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2015: FY 2015 funding: Minnesota Veterans Home ? Minneapolis - $62,142.60 Minnesota Veterans Home ? Silver Bay - $51,579.00.

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care and veteran's benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt and seamless service to United States veterans.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Valarie Delanko, RDN, LDN, CPHQ, National State Veterans Home Program Manager for Quality & Oversight (10NC4).



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: FY 2015 funding: Minnesota Veterans Home ? Minneapolis - $62,142.60 Minnesota Veterans Home ? Silver Bay - $51,579.00. Fiscal Year 2016: FY 2015 funding: Minnesota Veterans Home ? Minneapolis - $62,142.60 Minnesota Veterans Home ? Silver Bay - $51,579.00. Fiscal Year 2017: FY 2015 funding: Minnesota Veterans Home ? Minneapolis - $62,142.60 Minnesota Veterans Home ? Silver Bay - $51,579.00.

Uses and Use Restrictions

(a) VA will make payment to a State Veterans Home (SVH) for an employee incentive program to reduce the shortage of nurses at the SVH, when the following conditions are met: (1) The State representative applies for payment in accordance with the provisions of 53.20; (2) The SVH receives per diem payments from VA under the provisions of 38 U.S.C.

1741 for one or more of the following: Adult day health care, domiciliary care, or nursing home care; (3) The SVH has a nursing shortage that is documented by credible evidence, including but not limited to SVH records showing nursing vacancies, SVH records showing nurse overtime use, and reports documenting that nurses are difficult to hire in the local area and difficult to retain as employees at the SVH; (4) The SVH does not use payments under this part to pay for all or part of a nurse's standard employee benefits, such as salary, health insurance, or retirement plan; (5) The SVH provides to the Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care Operations, documentation establishing that it has an employee incentive program that: (i) Is likely to be effective in promoting the hiring and retention of nurses for the purpose of reducing nursing shortages at that home, and (ii) Is in operation or ready for immediate implementation if VA payments are made under this part; (6) The payment amount applied for by the State is no more than 50 percent of the funding for the employee incentive program during the Federal fiscal year; (7) The SVH employee incentive program includes a mechanism to ensure that an individual receiving benefits under the program works at the SVH as a nurse for a period commensurate with the benefits provided, and, insofar as possible, the program is designed to eliminate any nursing shortage at the SVH within a 3-year period from the initiation of VA payments; (8) The SVH, if it received payments under this part during a previous Federal fiscal year, has met the reporting requirements of 53.31(a) regarding such payments; (9) The SVH credits to its employee incentive program any funds refunded to the SVH by an employee because the employee was in breach of an agreement for employee assistance funded with payments made under this part and the SVH credits the amount returned as a non-Federal funding source; and (10) The project does not involve the construction, acquisition, expansion, remodeling or alteration of the SVH. (b) VA intends to allow flexibility and innovation in determining the types of employee incentive programs at SVHs eligible for payments.

Programs could include such things as the provision of short-term scholarships for continuing nursing education, sign-on bonuses for nurses, student loan forgiveness programs, and improvements to working conditions.

In determining whether an employee incentive program is likely to be effective, VA will consider any information available, including past performance of the SVH's program funded by payments made under this part.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

(a) To apply for payments during a Federal fiscal year, a State representative must submit to VA, in accordance with 53.40, a completed VA Form 10-0430 and documentation specified by the form (VA Form 10-0430 is available at VA medical centers and on the Internet at http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/ or may be obtained by contacting the Geriatrics and Extended Care Office at 202-461-6750, VHA Headquarters, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420).

The submission for payments for a fiscal year must be received by VA during the last quarter (July 1-September 30) of the preceding fiscal year.

The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. (b) As part of the application, the State representative must submit to VA evidence that the State has sufficient funding, when combined with the VA payments, to fully operate its employee incentive program through the end of the fiscal year.

To meet this requirement, the State representative must provide to VA a letter from an authorized State official certifying that, if VA were to approve payments under this part, the non-VA share of the funds for the program would be by a date or dates specified in the certification, available for the employee incentive program without further State action to make such funds available.

If the certification is based on a State law authorizing funds for the employee incentive program, a copy of the State law must be submitted with the certification. (c) If an application does not contain sufficient information for a determination under this part, the State representative will be notified in writing (electronically and by mail) of any additional submission required and that the State has 30 calendar days from the date of the notice to submit such additional information or no further action will be taken.

If the State representative does not submit all of the required information or demonstrate that he or she has good cause for failing to provide the information within 30 calendar days of the notice (which may extend beyond the last quarter of the preceding Federal fiscal year), then the State applicant will be notified in writing that the application for VA assistance will be deemed withdrawn and no further action will be taken.

Beneficiary Eligibility

There are no beneficiary benefits; this applies to a State Veterans Home and not a Veteran.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants are required to submit a complete grant application package according to 53.20 Application requirements to be considered for an initial grant. and follow 53.11 General requirements for payments. The Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care Operations, will make all determinations regarding payments and will provide written notice to affected State representatives of approvals, denials, or requests for additional information. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. (a) To apply for payments during a Federal fiscal year, a State representative must submit to VA, in accordance with 53.40, a completed VA Form 10-0430 and documentation specified by the form (VA Form 10-0430 is available at VA medical centers and on the Internet at http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/ or may be obtained by contacting the Geriatrics and Extended Care Office at 202-461-6750, VHA Headquarters, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420). The submission for payments for a fiscal year must be received by VA during the last quarter (July 1-September 30) of the preceding fiscal year. The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. (b) As part of the application, the State representative must submit to VA evidence that the State has sufficient funding, when combined with the VA payments, to fully operate its employee incentive program through the end of the fiscal year. To meet this requirement, the State representative must provide to VA a letter from an authorized State official certifying that, if VA were to approve payments under this part, the non-VA share of the funds for the program would be by a date or dates specified in the certification, available for the employee incentive program without further State action to make such funds available. If the certification is based on a State law authorizing funds for the employee incentive program, a copy of the State law must be submitted with the certification. (c) If an application does not contain sufficient information for a determination under this part, the State representative will be notified in writing (electronically and by mail) of any additional submission required and that the State has 30 calendar days from the date of the notice to submit such additional information or no further action will be taken. If the State representative does not submit all of the required information or demonstrate that he or she has good cause for failing to provide the information within 30 calendar days of the notice (which may extend beyond the last quarter of the preceding Federal fiscal year), then the State applicant will be notified in writing that the application for VA assistance will be deemed withdrawn and no further action will be taken.

Award Procedures

The Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care Operations, will make all determinations regarding payments and will provide written notice to affected State representatives of approvals, denials, or requests for additional information. If the Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care Operation, determines that a submission from a State fails to meet the requirements of this part for funding, the Director shall provide written notice of the decision and the reasons for the decision.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Title 38: Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief Chapter 1, Part 53, Title 38, Part 53, Section 101.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. The submission for payments for a fiscal year must be received by VA during the last quarter (July 1-September 30) of the preceding fiscal year. The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. If an application does not contain sufficient information for a determination under this part, the State representative will be notified in writing (electronically and by mail) of any additional submission required and that the State has 30 calendar days from the date of the notice to submit such additional information or no further action will be taken. If the State representative does not submit all of the required information or demonstrate that he or she has good cause for failing to provide the information within 30 calendar days of the notice (which may extend beyond the last quarter of the preceding Federal fiscal year), then the State applicant will be notified in writing that the application for VA assistance will be deemed withdrawn and no further action will be taken.

Appeals

The submission for payments for a fiscal year must be received by VA during the last quarter (July 1-September 30) of the preceding fiscal year. The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. If an application does not contain sufficient information for a determination under this part, the State representative will be notified in writing (electronically and by mail) of any additional submission required and that the State has 30 calendar days from the date of the notice to submit such additional information or no further action will be taken. If the State representative does not submit all of the required information or demonstrate that he or she has good cause for failing to provide the information within 30 calendar days of the notice (which may extend beyond the last quarter of the preceding Federal fiscal year), then the State applicant will be notified in writing that the application for VA assistance will be deemed withdrawn and no further action will be taken.

Renewals

The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. If a State fails to use the funds provided under this part for the purpose for which payment was made or receives more than is allowed under this part, the United States shall be entitled to recover from the State the amount not used for such purpose or the excess amount received.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 50%. The payment amount applied for by the State is no more than 50 percent of the funding for the employee incentive program during the Federal fiscal year. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program. If a State fails to use the funds provided under this part for the purpose for which payment was made or receives more than is allowed under this part, the United States shall be entitled to recover from the State the amount not used for such purpose or the excess amount received. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

(a) A State receiving payment under this part shall provide to VA a report setting forth in detail the use of the funds, including a descriptive analysis of how effective the employee incentive program has been in improving nurse staffing in the SVH.

The report shall be provided to VA within 60 days of the close of the Federal fiscal year (September 30) in which payment was made and shall be subject to audit by VA.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. (b) A State receiving payment under this part shall also prepare audit reports as required by the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards under 2 CFR part 200 and submit them to VA.

Records

All submissions of information and documents required to be presented to VA must be made to the Director, Geriatrics and Extended Care Operations, VHA Headquarters, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420.

Financial Information

Account Identification

36-0160-0-1-703.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 15 $113,721; FY 16 est $113,721; and FY 17 Estimate Not Available - ACC SPW0AP7?1 - The question mark in the ACC is valid and indicates that stations can choose which number they want the ACC to end. Cost Center 8331 for Domiciliary Care Cost Center 8334 for Adult Day Health Care Cost Center 8341 for Nursing Home Care Budget Object Code 5216.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The amount of payments awarded under this part during a Federal fiscal year will be the amount requested by the State and approved by VA in accordance with this part. Payments may not exceed 50 percent of the cost of the employee incentive program for that fiscal year and may not exceed 2 percent of the amount of the total per diem payments estimated by VA to be made under 38 U.S.C. 1741 to the State for that SVH during that fiscal year for adult day health care, domiciliary care, hospital care, and nursing home care.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Accomplishments are defined by each SVH who has received payments with detail about the use of the funds, including a descriptive analysis of how effective the employee incentive program has been in improving nurse staffing in the SVH. This is available in individual annual reports.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Valarie Delanko, RDN, LDN, CPHQ, National State Veterans Home Program Manager for Quality & Oversight (10NC4).

Headquarters Office

Valerie Delanko 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Email: Valarie.Delanko@va.gov Phone: 814-860-2201

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(a) To apply for payments during a Federal fiscal year, a State representative must submit to VA, in accordance with 53.40, a completed VA Form 10-0430 and documentation specified by the form (VA Form 10-0430 is available at VA medical centers and on the Internet at http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/ or may be obtained by contacting the Geriatrics and Extended Care Office at 202-461-6750, VHA Headquarters, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420). The submission for payments for a fiscal year must be received by VA during the last quarter (July 1-September 30) of the preceding fiscal year. The State must submit a new application for each fiscal year that the State seeks payments for an incentive program.




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