This excerpt taken from the NHC 10-K filed Mar 16, 2007.
Principal Office. We maintain our home office staff in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in a building owned by a limited partnership, which is 95.6% owned by NHC.
Long-Term Health Care Centers
The health care centers operated by our subsidiaries provide in-patient skilled and intermediate nursing care services and in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation services. Skilled nursing care consists of 24-hour nursing service by registered or licensed practical nurses and related medical services prescribed by the patient's physician. Intermediate nursing care consists of similar services on a less intensive basis principally provided by non-licensed personnel. These distinctions are generally found in the long-term health care industry although for Medicaid reimbursement purposes, some states in which we operate have additional classifications, while in other states the Medicaid rate is the same regardless of patient classification. Rehabilitative services consist of physical, speech, and occupational therapies, which are designed to aid the patient's recovery and enable the patient to resume normal activities.
Each health care center has a licensed administrator responsible for supervising daily activities, and larger centers have assistant administrators. All have medical directors, a director of nurses and full-time registered nurse coverage. All centers provide physical therapy and most have other rehabilitative programs, such as occupational or speech therapy. Each facility is located near at least one hospital and is qualified to accept patients discharged from such hospitals. Each center has a full dining room, kitchen, treatment and examining room, emergency lighting system, and sprinkler system where required. Management believes that all centers are in compliance with the existing fire and life safety codes.
We provide centralized management and support services to NHC operated health care nursing centers. The management and support services include operational support through the use of regional vice presidents and regional nurses, accounting and financial services, cash management, data processing, legal, consulting and services in the area of rehabilitative care. Many personnel are employed by our administrative services affiliate, National Health Corporation, which is also responsible for overall services in the area of personnel, loss control, insurance, education and training. We reimburse the administrative services contractor by paying all the costs of personnel employed for our benefit as well as a fee. National Health Corporation (National) is wholly owned by the National Health Corporation Employee Stock Ownership Plan and provides its services only to us.
We provide management services to centers operated under management contracts and offsite accounting and financial services to other owners, all pursuant to separate contracts. The term of each contract and the amount of the management fee or accounting and financial services fee is determined on a case-by-case basis. Typically, we charge 6% of net revenues for our management contracts and specific item fees for our accounting and financial service agreements. The initial term of the contracts range from two years to ten years. In certain contracts, we maintain a right of first refusal should the owner desire to sell a managed center.
All health care centers we operate are licensed by the appropriate state and local agencies. All except five are certified as providers for Medicaid patients, and all are certified as Medicare providers. Certification of advised centers is the prerogative of the provider/owner. All licensed nursing homes, assisted living and homecare offices are subject to state and federal licensure and certification surveys. These surveys, from time to time, may produce statements of deficiencies. In response to such a statement, if any, the staff at each center would file a plan of correction and any alleged deficiencies would be corrected. Presently, none of our owned, leased and managed facilities are operating under material statements of deficiencies. We have a significant monetary bonus program for employees attached to passing these surveys with few or no deficiencies.