WSR 05-22-043

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)

[ Filed October 27, 2005, 4:33 p.m. , effective October 28, 2005 ]


Purpose: WAC 388-105-0035 is being amended to limit the payment of a capital add-on rate to licensed boarding homes with assisted living (AL) contracts that make units that meet new structural requirements available to Medicaid clients.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-105-0035.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.39A.030.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: The department has paid a capital add-on rate to licensed boarding homes with AL contracts when a boarding home meets new construction requirements under WAC 388-110-140. In October 2004, the department revised WAC 388-110-140 that "grandfathered" licensed boarding homes that did not meet new construction requirements as meeting new requirements. The purpose of the capital add-on rate is to ensure Medicaid clients access to AL facilities that meet new construction requirements. Unless the department adopts an emergency rule to change WAC 388-105-0035, then the July 1, 2005, capital add-on rates will be paid to AL facilities that do not meet new construction requirements. This would limit access of Medicaid clients to new AL facilities. Limiting access would be contrary to the public interest in ensuring the health, safety and general welfare of the public that depends on Medicaid to pay for their care in AL facilities. This is the second filing of this emergency. A preproposal notice has been filed as WSR 05-13-127, and the department plans to file the CR-102 for permanent adoption within the next month.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, 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 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: October 24, 2005.

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-22-058, filed 10/31/02, effective 12/1/02)

WAC 388-105-0035   ((What are the)) Requirements for a capital add-on rate for licensed boarding homes contracted to provide assisted living ((facilities (ALF)?)) (AL) services.   (1) ((Effective July 1, 2002,)) (a) To the extent of available funding, the department will grant a capital add-on rate to ((an ALF)) AL contractors that((:

(a) Meets)) attest in writing that their facilities have units meeting the following construction requirements ((of WAC 388-110-140; and)):

(i) A private apartment-like unit of two hundred and twenty square feet that may include counters, closets and built-ins, but must exclude the bathroom;

(ii) A separate private bathroom that includes a sink, toilet, and a shower or bathtub. The licensed boarding home must have a minimum of one wheelchair accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower of at least forty-eight inches by thirty inches for every two residents whose care is partially or fully funded by Medicaid;

(iii) A lockable entry door;

(iv) A kitchen area equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven or stove top; a counter surface of a minimum of thirty inches wide by twenty-four inches in depth, a maximum height of thirty-four inches, and a knee space beneath at least twenty-seven inches in height; a storage space for utensils and supplies; and

(v) A living area wired for telephone and television service when available in the geographic location; and

(b) That Medicaid residents for which the contractor receives a Medicaid daily rate with a capital add-on rate reside in units that meet the construction requirements of subsection (1)(a)(i) through (1)(a)(v) of this section.

(((b) Has)) (2) In addition to meeting the requirements of subsection (1) of this section, to receive a capital add-on rate, the AL contractor must have a Medicaid occupancy percentage that equals or exceeds the applicable biyearly Medicaid minimum occupancy percentage set in accordance with subsection (3) of this section.

(((2))) The department will determine an ((ALF's)) AL contractor's Medicaid occupancy percentage by dividing its Medicaid resident days by the product of all its licensed boarding home beds irrespective of use times calendar days for the six-month period beginning one year prior to the percentage effective date.

(3)(a) To set the biyearly Medicaid minimum occupancy percentage, the department will:

(i) Determine the estimated total budgeted funds for capital add-on rates for the six-month period;

(ii) Rank from highest to lowest the individual ((ALF)) AL contractor occupancy percentages determined in accordance with subsection (2) of this section;

(iii) Assign, beginning with the highest ((ALF)) AL contractor's Medicaid occupancy percentage, the estimated expenditure needed to pay the capital add-on rate to each facility for the six-month period;

(iv) Identify the ((ALF)) AL contractor's Medicaid occupancy percentage at which the estimated total budgeted funds determined under subsection (3)(a)(i) of this section would be expended; and

(v) Set that Medicaid occupancy percentage as the biyearly Medicaid minimum occupancy percentage.

(b) The biyearly Medicaid minimum occupancy percentage will be set every January 1 and July 1.

[Statutory Authority: 2002 c 371. 02-22-058, 388-105-0035, filed 10/31/02, effective 12/1/02.]