WSR 20-21-034
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed October 12, 2020, 11:46 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering amending WAC 388-97-1740 Disaster and emergency preparedness, 388-97-1760 Quality assessment and assurance, 388-97-2400 Resident rooms; and other related rules as may be required to identify the period of time that portions of the rules were suspended during the declared emergency of COVID-19 per Proclamation by the Governor 20-05.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.42.620.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule making is necessary to establish a timeframe when portions of the rules were suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, and nursing homes were not required to comply with the suspended portions of the rules.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Federal rules regarding nursing home quality assurance, fire drills, and windows in resident rooms were amended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through an 1135 blanket waiver in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The amended federal rules are effective March 1, 2020, through the end of the national emergency declaration. The department will monitor federal nursing home communication to ensure this rule making reflects the same span of time as the suspended federal rule regarding clinical records. This will help ensure federal and state rules remain similar and provide for consistent application of clinical record rules during the investigation process.
Process for Developing New Rule: The department will use a collaborative rule-making process to develop and receive comments on the draft rules. Draft material and information about how to participate in the rule-making process may be obtained from the department representative listed below.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lisa Herke, Policy Program Manager, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504, phone 509-209-3088, fax 360-725-3224, email
October 12, 2020
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator