HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY
[Filed July 11, 2019, 3:36 p.m.]
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 18-16-108.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 182-526-0210 Appeals requested by intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID).
Hearing Location(s): On August 27, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at the Health Care Authority (HCA), Cherry Street Plaza, Sue Crystal Conference Room 106A, 626 8th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98504. Metered public parking is available street side around building. A map is available at https://www.hca.wa.gov/assets/program/Driving-parking-checkin-instructions.pdf or directions can be obtained by calling 360-725-1000.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not sooner than August 28, 2019.
Submit Written Comments to: HCA Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 360-586-9727, by August 27, 2019.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Amber Lougheed, phone 360-725-1349, fax 360-586-9727, telecommunication relay services 711, email email@example.com, by August 23, 2019.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This new section adds administrative hearing rules for an action brought by an ICF/IID, in alignment with federal regulations.
The proposed rules allow an ICF/IID to request a hearing when a finding of noncompliance results in the termination of medicaid funding and any related provider agreements. The rules set out requirements for the notice of adverse action and the hearing request. The rules also describe the hearing and informal reconsideration processes, as well as the effective date for the termination of medicaid funding and related provider agreements.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See purpose.
Rule is necessary because of federal law, 42 C.F.R. Sec. 431.151, 153, 154, and 498.5.
Name of Proponent: HCA, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Melinda Froud, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-1408; Implementation and Enforcement: Kerry Breen, P.O. Box 42700, Olympia, WA 98504-2700, 360-725-9970.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328
. RCW 34.05.328
does not apply to HCA rules unless requested by the joint administrative rules review committee or applied voluntarily.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025
(3) as the rules adopt, amend, or repeal a procedure, practice, or requirement relating to agency hearings; or a filing or related process requirement for applying to an agency for a license or permit.
July 11, 2019
WAC 182-526-0210Appeals requested by intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID).
The hearing process described in this section applies to requests for an appeal made by an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID), as defined in WAC 388-825-020.
(1) Right to hearing. An ICF/IID may request a hearing when it is dissatisfied with the medicaid agency's finding of noncompliance resulting in the termination of medicaid funding and any related provider agreements under 42 C.F.R. Sec. 431.151 through 431.154.
(a) An agency review judge conducts the hearing and enters the agency's final order for cases held under this subsection.
(b) An ICF/IID cannot not appeal:
(i) The choice of sanction or remedy;
(ii) The monitoring remedy;
(iii) The level of noncompliance found, except when a favorable review decision would affect the range of civil money penalty amounts the agency could collect; or
(iv) The decision about when to conduct an initial survey of a prospective provider.
(2) Notice of adverse action. The agency gives the ICF/IID a written notice of adverse action that includes:
(a) The basis for the finding of noncompliance that resulted in the agency's decision to terminate medicaid funding and any related provider agreements;
(b) A statement of the deficiencies resulting in the decision;
(c) The effective date of the adverse action; and
(d) The ICF/IID's appeal rights and procedures, including deadlines, for filing a hearing request.
(3) Request for hearing. The ICF/IID, its legal representative, or other authorized official must file a written request for a hearing with the agency's board of appeals at P.O. Box 42700, Olympia, Washington, or by facsimile at 360-507-9018 within sixty calendar days of receiving the notice of adverse action.
(4) Hearing. If an ICF/IID requests a hearing on the termination of medicaid funding and any related provider agreements, the hearing is completed and the agency issues the final order on the hearing within one hundred twenty calendar days of the effective date of the adverse action.
(a) If the agency is unable to hold the hearing until after the effective date of the adverse action, the agency offers the ICF/IID an informal reconsideration that meets the requirements of subsection (5) of this section.
(b) The informal reconsideration process described in subsection (5) of this section is not the same reconsideration process defined in WAC 182-526-0010 or described in WAC 182-526-0605 through 182-526-0635.
(5) Informal reconsideration for ICF/IID. The informal reconsideration includes:
(a) Written notice to the ICF/IID of the agency's findings resulting in the termination of medicaid funding and any related provider agreements;
(b) A reasonable opportunity for the ICF/IID to dispute those findings in writing; and
(c) A written affirmation or reversal of the agency's action.
(6) Termination of medicaid funding and related provider agreements.
(a) The medicaid funding and any related provider agreements end on the effective date of the termination, unless:
(i) A hearing is timely requested and not provided by the agency until after the effective date of the termination; and
(ii) The termination is based on a survey agency certification stating that there is no jeopardy to beneficiaries' health and safety.
(b) If medicaid funding extends past the termination date, funding will be available only through the earlier of:
(i) The issuance date of a hearing decision that upholds the agency's action; or
(ii) One hundred twenty calendar days after the effective date of termination, as required by 42 C.F.R. Sec. 442.40.