WSR 98-17-099

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

[Filed August 19, 1998, 11:02 a.m.]



Date of Adoption: August 1, 1998.

Purpose: Certificate of need program regulates health planning services to Washington state citizens.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 246-310-395 and 246-310-397; and new section WAC 246-310-045.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 70.38 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 98-12-067 on June 1, 1998.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, amended 2, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, amended 2, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 2, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, amended 2, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

August 17, 1998

K. Van Gorkom

Deputy Secretary

OTS-2222.1

NEW SECTION



WAC 246-310-045  Exemption from certificate of need requirements for a change in bed capacity at a residential hospice care center. (1) A change in bed capacity at a residential hospice care center shall not be subject to certificate of need review under this chapter if the department determined prior to June 1994 that the construction, development, or other establishment of the residential hospice care center was not subject to certificate of need review under this chapter.

(2) For purposes of this section, a "residential hospice care center" means any building, facility, place, or equivalent that opened in December 1996 and is organized, maintained, and operated specifically to provide beds, accommodations, facilities, and services over a continuous period of twenty-four hours or more for palliative care to two or more individuals, not related to the operator, who are diagnosed as being in the latter stages of an advanced disease that is expected to lead to death.



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AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 98-10-053, filed 4/29/98, effective 5/30/98)



WAC 246-310-395  Nursing home bed banking for alternative use notice requirements. In the case of a nursing home licensee, requesting to convert some of the nursing home beds to an alternative use, as defined in RCW 70.38.111(8), or reduce the number of beds per room to two or one, or otherwise enhance the quality of life for residents and preserve the right to later convert the original portion of the facility back to skilled nursing care, the nursing home shall give notice of intent to preserve its conversion options to the department of health.

(1) Notice of the nursing homes intent to preserve conversion options shall be given to the department of health no later than thirty days after the effective date of the license modification made by the nursing home licensing authority. Such notices shall be signed by the licensee and include the following:

(a) A description of the alternative service to be provided or a description of how the proposed bed banking will have a direct and immediate benefit to the quality of life of the residents and a listing of the number of beds, by room number;

(b) A projected timeline for implementation; and

(c) In the event the nursing home licensee, as defined by WAC 246-310-010, is not the nursing home owner, the licensee shall document whether the building owner has a secured interest in the beds.

If the building owner does have a secured interest in the beds, the licensee shall provide a written statement, signed by the building owner, indicating approval of the bed reduction.

If the building owner does not have a secured interest in the beds, the licensee shall provide documentation showing that the building owner has been notified of the bed reduction.

(2) The department shall notify the nursing home, as to whether the proposal meets the requirements of RCW 70.38.111 (8)(a) and if conversion rights are recognized. The nursing home does not forfeit its right to bank beds under this section if the department does not respond within this thirty-day time frame, nor does the nursing home obtain rights that it otherwise would not have under applicable statutes or rules if the department does not respond within the thirty-day time frame.

(3) The licensee shall notify the department of health at the time the alternative service or services commences.

(4) In the event the facility decides to modify the room numbers or alternative uses for the beds that have been banked, notification to the department is necessary to assure continued compliance with RCW 70.38.111 (8)(a) and WAC 246-310-395.

(5) Notice of intent to convert beds back to nursing home bed use shall be given to the department of health and the department of social and health services a minimum of ninety days prior to the effective date of the licensure modification made by the nursing home licensing authority reflecting the restored beds unless construction is required to convert the beds back. In the event the beds are not converted back to nursing home beds within sixty days of the date stated in the notice of intent, a notice of intent will need to be resubmitted a minimum of ninety days prior to the effective date of the licensure modification.

(((5))) (6) In the event construction is required to convert beds back to nursing home bed use, notice shall be given to the department of health and department of social and health services a minimum of one year prior to the effective date of licensure modification made by the nursing home licensing authority reflecting the restored beds. The same life and safety code requirements as existed at the time the nursing home voluntarily reduced its licensed beds shall be complied with unless waivers from such requirements were issued, in which case the converted beds shall reflect the conditions or standards that then existed pursuant to the approved waivers. In the event the beds are not converted back to nursing home beds within sixty days of the date stated in the notice of intent, a notice of intent will need to be resubmitted a minimum of one year prior to the effective date of the licensure modification. The term "construction," as used in this section, is limited to those projects that are expected to equal or exceed the expenditure minimum amount, as determined under chapter 70.38 RCW.

(((6))) (7) Prior to any license modification to convert beds back to nursing home beds under this section, the licensee must demonstrate that the nursing home meets the certificate of need exemption requirements under WAC 246-310-043.



[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.38 RCW. 98-10-053, 246-310-395, filed 4/29/98, effective 5/30/98; 96-24-052, 246-310-395, filed 11/27/96, effective 12/28/96.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-24-052, filed 11/27/96, effective 12/28/96)



WAC 246-310-397  Nursing home bed replacement notice requirements. In the case of a nursing home licensee wanting to replace nursing home beds pursuant to WAC 246-310-044, the nursing home shall give notice of intent to replace the beds to the department of health.

Notice of the nursing home licensees intent to replace the nursing home beds shall be given to the department a minimum of thirty days prior to initiating the replacement project. Such notices shall be signed by the licensee and include the following:

(1) Documentation that the applicant is the existing licensee at all affected facilities and has operated the beds at all affected facilities for at least one year immediately preceding the replacement exemption request fulfilling the notice requirements of this section;

(2) An affidavit from the applicant that the applicant intends to be the licensee at all affected facilities at the time of project completion. This affidavit shall include a statement that the applicant acknowledges the project can not be completed if the applicant is not the licensee at the time of project completion except as allowed for under the provisions of RCW 70.38.115(14);

(3) In the event the nursing home licensee, as defined by WAC 246-310-010, is not the nursing home owner, the licensee shall document whether the building owner has a secured interest in the beds.

(a) If the building owner does have a secured interest in the beds, the licensee shall provide a written statement, signed by the building owner, indicating approval of the bed replacement. In the event that the licensee is unable to complete the replacement project, as referenced in RCW 70.38.115(14), the building owner shall be permitted to complete the project.

(b) If the building owner does not have a secured interest in the beds, the licensee shall provide documentation showing that the building owner has been notified of the proposed project. In the event that the licensee is unable to complete the replacement project, as referenced in RCW 70.38.115(14), the building owner shall not be permitted to complete the project.

(4) The number of beds currently licensed at each affected facility and the number of licensed beds to be replaced at each affected facility;

(5) Geographic location of both the existing nursing home beds and the proposed replacement beds;

(6) Documentation that the nursing home beds being replaced will not be used for nursing home services once the replacement beds are licensed; ((and))

(7) A projected timeline for completion of the project; and

(8) Estimated capital expenditure. (This figure will be used by department of social and health services as part of the rate calculation.)



[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.38 RCW. 96-24-052, 246-310-397, filed 11/27/96, effective 12/28/96.]

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