WSR 12-11-058

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed May 15, 2012, 9:57 a.m. , effective June 15, 2012 ]


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

Purpose: WAC 246-320-199, hospital licensing fee increase, in 2011, the Washington state legislature adopted the 2011-2013 operating budget (2ESHB 1087, chapter 50, Laws of 2011 1st sp. sess.), giving the department authority to raise hospital licensing fees to cover the cost of administering the program. The fee increase is necessary to meet the actual costs of operating the acute care hospital program.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 246-320-199.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 43.70 RCW; 2ESHB 1087 (chapter 50, Laws of 2011 1st sp. sess.)

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 12-06-051 on March 5, 2012.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.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: May 15, 2012.

Mary C. Selecky

Secretary

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 09-07-050, filed 3/11/09, effective 4/11/09)

WAC 246-320-199   Fees.   This section establishes the license and annual use fees for hospitals.

(1) Applicants must:

(a) Send the department an initial license fee of one hundred ((thirteen)) twenty-three dollars for each bed space within the authorized bed capacity for the hospital;

(b) Include all bed spaces in rooms complying with physical plant and movable equipment requirements of this chapter for twenty-four-hour assigned patient care;

(c) Include level 2 and 3 bassinet spaces;

(d) Include bed spaces assigned for less than twenty-four-hour patient use as part of the licensed bed capacity when:

(i) Physical plant requirements of this chapter are met without movable equipment; and

(ii) The hospital currently possesses the required movable equipment and certifies this fact to the department;

(e) Exclude all normal infant bassinets.

(2) Licensees shall:

(a) Send the department by November 30 of each year an annual use fee of one hundred ((thirteen)) twenty-three dollars for each bed space within the authorized bed capacity of the hospital;

(b) Include all bed spaces in rooms complying with physical plant and movable equipment requirements of this chapter for twenty-four-hour assigned patient rooms;

(c) Include level 2 and 3 bassinet spaces;

(d) Include bed spaces assigned for less than twenty-four-hour patient use as part of the licensed bed capacity when:

(i) Physical plant requirements of this chapter are met without movable equipment; and

(ii) The hospital currently possesses the required movable equipment and certifies this fact to the department;

(e) Exclude all normal infant bassinets; and

(f) Exclude beds banked as authorized by certificate of need under chapter 70.38 RCW.

(3) A licensee shall send a late fee in the amount of one hundred dollars per day whenever the annual use fee is not paid by November 30. The total late fee will not exceed twelve hundred dollars.

(4) An applicant may request a refund for initial licensure as follows:

(a) Two-thirds of the initial fee paid after the department has received an application and not conducted an on-site survey or provided technical assistance; or

(b) One-third of the initial fee paid after the department has received an application and conducted either an on-site survey or provided technical assistance but not issued a license.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.41 RCW and RCW 43.70.040. 09-07-050, 246-320-199, filed 3/11/09, effective 4/11/09.]

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