.02 Definitions.

A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) "Assessment" means the quality assessment paid on a quarterly basis by each nursing facility subject to this chapter, determined by the Department for each facility based upon an amount per non-Medicare day of service for the previous quarter of the State fiscal year.

(2) "Department" means the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

(3) "Medicaid" means the Medical Assistance Program in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

(4) Nursing Facility.

(a) "Nursing facility", for purposes of this chapter, means a nursing facility, as defined in Health-General Article, §19-301, Annotated Code of Maryland, that has 45 or more beds, and operates in the State.

(b) "Nursing facility" does not include a continuing care retirement community that has obtained a certificate of registration to provide continuing care under Human Services Article, Title 10, Subtitle 4, Annotated Code of Maryland.