SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Aging and Disability Services Administration)
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-15-024 and 07-21-121.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 388-97 WAC, Nursing homes.
|•||The department is renumbering the entire chapter to four digits for ease of reading and reference.|
|•||The WAC revisions shown below have been made and will be incorporated into the renumbered chapter.|
|•||The department is adding WAC 388-97-0380 Electronic monitoring equipment -- Audio monitoring and video monitoring and 388-97-0400 Electronic monitoring equipment -- Resident requested use.|
|•||The department is repealing WAC 388-97-565 Department review of nursing home license renewal.|
Hearing Location(s): Blake Office Park East, Rose Room, 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503 (one block north of the intersection of Pacific Avenue S.E. and Alhadeff Lane. A map or directions are available at http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/msa/rpau/docket.html or by calling (360) 664-6094), on August 26, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than August 27, 2008.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, delivery 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, e-mail DSHSRPAURulesCoordinator@dshs.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-6185, by 5:00 p.m. on August 26, 2008.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennisha Johnson, DSHS rules consultant, by August 19, 2008, TTY (360) 664-6178 or (360) 664-6094 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of this proposal is to:
|•||Update references to reflect current standards, codes and federal requirements;|
|•||Chunk larger sections into smaller sections;|
|•||Simplify and clarify resident protection program sections;|
|•||Add language on electronic monitoring;|
|•||Delete and update sections on department review of nursing home renewal licenses; and|
|•||Renumber and make WAC sections four digit numbers for clearer order and reference as requested by stakeholders.|
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The reasons for these proposed rule changes are to make the rules:
|•||Clearer, easier to read, understand and apply;|
|•||Easier to find information by chunking larger sections; and|
|•||Up-to-date with current practices.|
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 18.51 and 74.42 RCW and 42 C.F.R. 489.52.
Statute Being Implemented: Chapters 18.51 and 74.42 RCW and 42 C.F.R. 489.52.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of social and health services, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Judy Johnson, P.O. Box 45600, Mailstop 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, (360) 725-2591; Implementation and Enforcement: Lori Melchiori, Assistant Director, P.O. Box 45600, Mailstop 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, (360) 725-2404.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Residential care services has analyzed the proposed rules and concludes that there are no new requirements in these rules that will impose more than minor costs, if any new costs at all, on nursing homes. The primary purposes of the proposed rules are to clarify preexisting requirements and to update existing rules to changes in procedures, or in state or federal laws. In addition, the department has included clarification of the use of electronic monitoring equipment.
As a result, the preparation of a small business economic impact statement is not required.
A copy of the statement may be obtained by contacting Judy Johnson, P.O. Box 45600, Mailstop 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600, phone (360) 725-2591, fax (360) 438-7903, e-mail email@example.com.
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Judy Johnson, P.O. Box 45600, Mailstop 45600, Olympia, WA 98405-5600, phone (360) 725-2591, fax (360) 438-7903, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 20, 2008
Stephanie E. Schiller
Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 08-15 issue of the Register.