SENATE BILL NO. 5683
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Senators West, Kreidler, Niemi and Smith; by request of Department of Social and Health Services
Read first time 2/1/89 and referred to Committee on Health Care & Corrections.
AN ACT Relating to adult services; amending RCW 18.51.050, 74.46.410, 18.51.430, 18.51.500, 74.42.240, 74.42.380, 18.51.054, 18.51.060, 18.51.065, 18.51.410, 18.51.440, 18.51.460, and 74.42.580; adding new sections to chapter 18.51 RCW; and adding a new section to chapter 74.42 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 6, chapter 117, Laws of 1951 as last amended by section 4, chapter 284, Laws of 1985 and RCW 18.51.050 are each amended to read as follows:
Upon receipt of an application for license, the department shall issue a license if the applicant and the nursing home facilities meet the requirements established under this chapter, except that the department shall issue a temporary license to a court-appointed receiver for a period not to exceed six months from the date of appointment. Prior to the issuance or renewal of the license, the licensee shall pay a license fee as established by the department. No fee shall be required of government operated institutions or court-appointed receivers. All licenses issued under the provisions of this chapter shall expire on a date to be set by the department, but no license issued pursuant to this chapter shall exceed thirty-six months in duration. When a change of ownership occurs, the entity becoming the licensed operating entity of the facility shall pay a fee established by the department at the time of application for the license. The previously determined date of license expiration shall not change. Nursing homes shall pay to the department an inspection fee equal to the licensing fee, for each additional survey and postsurvey required beyond one annual licensing and certification survey per calendar year. The inspection fee shall be due within thirty days of the completion date of the additional survey or postsurvey.
All applications and fees for renewal of the license shall be submitted to the department not later than thirty days prior to the date of expiration of the license. All applications and fees for change of ownership licenses shall be submitted to the department not later than sixty days before the date of the proposed change of ownership. Each license shall be issued only to the operating entity and those persons named in the license application. The license is valid only for the operation of the facility at the location specified in the license application. Licenses are not transferable or assignable. Licenses shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the licensed premises.
Sec. 2. Section 41, chapter 177, Laws of 1980 as last amended by section 3, chapter 175, Laws of 1986 and RCW 74.46.410 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Costs will be unallowable if they are not documented, necessary, ordinary, and related to the provision of care services to authorized patients.
(2) Unallowable costs include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Costs of items or services not covered by the medical care program. Costs of such items or services will be unallowable even if they are indirectly reimbursed by the department as the result of an authorized reduction in patient contribution;
(b) Costs of services and items provided to recipients which are covered by the department's medical care program but not included in care services established by the department under this chapter;
(c) Costs associated with a capital expenditure subject to section 1122 approval (part 100, Title 42 C.F.R.) if the department found it was not consistent with applicable standards, criteria, or plans. If the department was not given timely notice of a proposed capital expenditure, all associated costs will be unallowable up to the date they are determined to be reimbursable under applicable federal regulations;
(d) Costs associated with a construction or acquisition project requiring certificate of need approval pursuant to chapter 70.38 RCW if such approval was not obtained;
(e) Interest costs other than those provided by RCW 74.46.290 on and after the effective date of RCW 74.46.530;
(f) Salaries or other compensation of owners, officers, directors, stockholders, and others associated with the contractor or home office, except compensation paid for service related to patient care;
(g) Costs in excess of limits or in violation of principles set forth in this chapter;
(h) Costs resulting from transactions or the application of accounting methods which circumvent the principles of the cost-related reimbursement system set forth in this chapter;
(i) Costs applicable to services, facilities, and supplies furnished by a related organization in excess of the lower of the cost to the related organization or the price of comparable services, facilities, or supplies purchased elsewhere;
(j) Bad debts of non-Title XIX recipients. Bad debts of Title XIX recipients are allowable if the debt is related to covered services, it arises from the recipient's required contribution toward the cost of care, the provider can establish that reasonable collection efforts were made, the debt was actually uncollectible when claimed as worthless, and sound business judgment established that there was no likelihood of recovery at any time in the future;
(k) Charity and courtesy allowances;
(l) Cash, assessments, or other contributions, excluding dues, to charitable organizations, professional organizations, trade associations, or political parties, and costs incurred to improve community or public relations;
(m) Vending machine expenses;
(n) Expenses for barber or beautician services not included in routine care;
(o) Funeral and burial expenses;
(p) Costs of gift shop operations and inventory;
(q) Personal items such as cosmetics, smoking materials, newspapers and magazines, and clothing, except those used in patient activity programs;
(r) Fund-raising expenses, except those directly related to the patient activity program;
(s) Penalties and fines;
(t) Expenses related to telephones, televisions, radios, and similar appliances in patients' private accommodations;
(u) Federal, state, and other income taxes;
(v) Costs of special care services except where authorized by the department;
(w) Expenses of key-man insurance and other insurance or retirement plans not made available to all employees;
(x) Expenses of profit-sharing plans;
(y) Expenses related to the purchase and/or use of private or commercial airplanes which are in excess of what a prudent contractor would expend for the ordinary and economic provision of such a transportation need related to patient care;
(z) Personal expenses and allowances of owners or relatives;
(aa) All expenses of maintaining professional licenses or membership in professional organizations;
(bb) Costs related to agreements not to compete;
(cc) Amortization of goodwill;
(dd) Expenses related to vehicles which are in excess of what a prudent contractor would expend for the ordinary and economic provision of transportation needs related to patient care;
(ee) Legal and consultant fees in connection with a fair hearing against the department where a decision is rendered in favor of the department or where otherwise the determination of the department stands;
(ff) Legal and consultant fees of a contractor or contractors in connection with a lawsuit against the department;
(gg) Lease acquisition costs and other intangibles not related to patient care;
(hh) All rental or lease costs other than those provided in RCW 74.46.300 on and after the effective date of RCW 74.46.510 and 74.46.530;
(ii) Inspection fees imposed by the department for additional surveys and postsurveys beyond one annual licensing and certification survey per calendar year.
Sec. 3. Section 12, chapter 476, Laws of 1987 and RCW 18.51.430 are each amended to read as follows:
A petition for receivership shall include the name of the candidate for receiver. The department shall maintain a list of qualified persons to act as receivers, however, no person may be considered to be qualified to be a receiver who:
(1) Is the owner, licensee, or administrator of the facility;
(2) Is affiliated with the facility;
(3) Has a financial interest in the facility at the time the receiver is appointed; or
(4) Has owned or operated a nursing home that has been ordered into receivership.
If a receiver is appointed, he or she may be drawn from the list but need not be, but an appointee shall have experience in providing long-term health care and a history of satisfactory operation of a nursing home. Preference may be granted to persons expressing an interest in permanent operation of the facility.
Sec. 4. Section 19, chapter 476, Laws of 1987 and RCW 18.51.500 are each amended to read as follows:
of the court, the department shall provide emergency or transitional financial
assistance to a receiver not to exceed thirty thousand dollars. The receiver
shall file with the court an accounting for any money expended. Any emergency
or transitional expenditure made by the department on behalf of a nursing
home not certified to participate in the Medicaid Title XIX program shall
be recovered from revenue generated by the facility which revenue is not
obligated to the operation of the facility. ((
If such funds are not fully
recovered at the termination of the receivership,)) An action to
recover such sums may be filed by the department against the former licensee or
owner at the time the expenditure is made, regardless of whether the
facility is certified to participate in the Medicaid Title XIX program or not.
In lieu of filing an action, the department may file a lien on the facility or on the proceeds of the sale of the facility. Such a lien shall take priority over all other liens except for liens for wages to employees. The owner of the facility shall be entitled to the proceeds of the facility or the sale of the facility to the extent that these exceed the liabilities of the facility, including liabilities to the state, receiver, employees, and contractors, at the termination of the receivership.
Revenues relating to services provided by the current or former licensee, operator, or owner and available operating funds belonging to such licensee, operator, or owner shall be under the control of the receiver. The receiver shall consult the court in cases of extraordinary or questionable debts incurred prior to his or her appointment and shall not have the power to close the home or sell any assets of the home without prior court approval.
Priority shall be given to debts and expenditures directly related to providing care and meeting the needs of patients. Any payment made to the receiver shall discharge the obligation of the payor to the owner of the facility.
Sec. 5. Section 24, chapter 211, Laws of 1979 ex. sess. and RCW 74.42.240 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) No staff member may administer any medication to a resident unless the staff member is licensed to administer medication: PROVIDED, That nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting graduate nurses or student nurses from administering medications when permitted to do so under chapter 18.88 or 18.78 RCW and rules adopted thereunder.
(2) The facility may only allow a resident to give himself or herself medication with the attending physician's permission.
(3) Medication shall only be administered to or used by the resident for whom it is ordered.
Sec. 6. Section 38, chapter 211, Laws of 1979 ex. sess. as amended by section 2, chapter 284, Laws of 1985 and RCW 74.42.380 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The facility shall have a director of nursing services. The director of nursing services shall be a registered nurse.
(2) The director of nursing services is responsible for:
(a) Coordinating the plan of care for each resident;
Permitting only licensed personnel to administer medications: PROVIDED, That
nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting graduate nurses((
student nurses under the supervision of their clinical instructor,)) or
student nurses from administering medications when permitted to do so under
chapters 18.88 or 18.78 RCW and rules promulgated pursuant
thereto: PROVIDED FURTHER, That nothing herein shall be construed as
prohibiting persons certified under chapter 18.135 RCW from practicing
pursuant to the delegation and supervision requirements of chapter 18.135 RCW and
rules promulgated pursuant thereto; and
(c) Insuring that the licensed practical nurses comply with chapter 18.78 RCW, the registered nurses comply with chapter 18.88 RCW, and persons certified under chapter 18.135 RCW comply with the provisions of that chapter and rules promulgated pursuant thereto.
Sec. 7. Section 1, chapter 284, Laws of 1985 and RCW 18.51.054 are each amended to read as follows:
department may deny a license to any applicant ((
who)) if the
department finds that the applicant or any partner, officer, director,
managerial employee, or owner of five percent or more of the applicant:
(a) Operated a nursing home without a license or under a revoked or suspended license; or
(b) Knowingly or with reason to know made a false statement of a material fact (i) in an application for license or any data attached thereto, or (ii) in any matter under investigation by the department; or
(c) Refused to allow representatives or agents of the department to inspect (i) all books, records, and files required to be maintained or (ii) any portion of the premises of the nursing home; or
(d) Prevented, interfered with, or attempted to impede in any way (i) the work of any authorized representative of the department or (ii) the lawful enforcement of any provision of this chapter or chapter 74.42 RCW; or
(e) Has a history of significant noncompliance with federal or state regulations in providing nursing home care. In deciding whether to deny a license under this section, the factors the department considers shall include the gravity and frequency of the noncompliance.
Sec. 8. Section 7, chapter 117, Laws of 1951 as last amended by section 23, chapter 476, Laws of 1987 and RCW 18.51.060 are each amended to read as follows:
department is authorized to deny, suspend, or revoke a license or, in lieu
thereof or in addition thereto, assess monetary penalties of a civil nature not
to exceed three thousand dollars per violation)) In any case in
which (( it)) the department finds that (( the applicant, or))
a licensee, or any partner, officer, director, owner of five percent or
more of the assets of the nursing home, or managing employee(( : (a))) failed or refused to comply with the
requirements of this chapter or of chapter 74.42 RCW, or the standards, rules
and regulations established under them(( ;)) or, in the case of a
Medicaid contractor, failed or refused to comply with the Medicaid requirements
of Title XIX of the social security act, as amended, and regulations
promulgated thereunder, the department may take any or all of the following
(a) Suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew a license;
(b) Order stop placement;
(c) Assess monetary penalties of a civil nature;
(d) Deny payment to a nursing home for any Medicaid resident admitted after notice to deny payment.
(2) The department may suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew a license, assess monetary penalties of a civil nature, or both, in any case in which it finds that the licensee, or any partner, officer, director, owner of five percent or more of the assets of the nursing home, or managing employee:
(a) Operated a nursing home without a license or under a revoked or
suspended license; or
Has)) (b) Knowingly or with reason to know made a false statement of
a material fact in his application for license or any data attached thereto, or
in any matter under investigation by the department; or
(c) Refused to allow representatives or agents of the department to
inspect all books, records, and files required to be maintained or any portion
of the premises of the nursing home; or
(d) Wilfully prevented, interfered with, or attempted to impede in any
way the work of any duly authorized representative of the department and the
lawful enforcement of any provision of this chapter or of chapter 74.42 RCW; or
(e) Wilfully prevented or interfered with any representative of the
department in the preservation of evidence of any violation of any of the
provisions of this chapter or of chapter 74.42 RCW or the standards, rules, and
regulations adopted under them; or
(f) Failed to report patient abuse or neglect in violation of chapter
70.124 RCW; or
(g) Fails to pay any civil monetary penalty assessed by the department
pursuant to this chapter within ten days after such assessment becomes final(( :
PROVIDED, That in no event shall the department assess a civil monetary penalty
authorized pursuant to this section or post the said premises as provided in
RCW 18.51.260 or include in the report required pursuant to RCW 18.51.270
during any period in which it has not reasonably implemented and funded its
cost-related reimbursement system for public patients. (2) A
contractor subject to civil penalty under subsection (1)(a) of this section
shall have a reasonable opportunity, not to exceed sixty days from notification
of the violation, to correct the violation before being assessed a civil
monetary penalty under this section. However, if the department determines
that the violation resulted in serious harm to or death of a patient,
constitutes a serious threat to patient life, health, or safety, or
substantially limits the nursing home's capacity to render adequate care, the
violator shall be so notified and a penalty may be assessed without prior
opportunity to correct. Each day the violation continues may constitute a
separate violation subject to assessment of a separate penalty. The
correction of a standard or condition level deficiency, as defined by the
authority of Title XVIII of the social security act and 42 C.F.R. 405-110
subpart K, shall be maintained for a period of at least one year. Failure to
maintain such correction shall constitute a separate violation for each day the
deficiency is not corrected and may be subject to the assessment of a separate
penalty not to exceed three thousand dollars without a prior opportunity to
correct the violation. (3) A
person subject to civil penalty under subsection (1)(b) through (h) of this
section shall not have a prior opportunity to correct the violation before
being assessed a civil monetary penalty under this section. Following
the notification of a violation of subsection (1)(b) through (h) of this
section, each day upon which the same or a substantially similar action occurs
shall constitute a separate violation subject to the assessment of a separate penalty. (4) Any
civil penalty assessed under this section or chapter 74.46 RCW shall bear a
reasonable rate of interest from the date of notification of the violation.
The department may administer civil fines under this section or chapter 74.46
RCW by: (a)
Requiring payment in full; or (b)
Permitting installment payments; or (c)
Requiring that the full amount or a portion of the assessed civil penalty be
expended to ameliorate the violation or to improve nonadministrative services
within the facility; or (d) Defer
the penalty or a portion thereof until one year after corrective action has
been completed to assure maintenance of such action: PROVIDED, That the
penalty may be reduced all or in part at the end of such year: PROVIDED
FURTHER, That the penalty may be trebled if such corrective action is not
maintained for one year)).
(3) The department shall deny payment to a nursing home having a Medicaid
contract with respect to any Medicaid-eligible individual admitted to the
nursing home when:
(a) The department finds the nursing home not in compliance with the requirements of Title XIX of the social security act, as amended, and regulations promulgated thereunder, and the facility has not complied with such requirements within three months; in such case, the department shall deny payment until correction has been achieved; or
(b) The department finds on three consecutive standard surveys that the nursing home provided substandard quality of care; in such case, the department shall deny payment for new admissions until the facility has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the department that it is in compliance with Medicaid requirements and that it will remain in compliance with such requirements.
(4) (a) Civil penalties collected under this section or under chapter 74.42 RCW shall be deposited into a special fund administered by the department to be applied to the protection of the health or property of residents of nursing homes found to be deficient, including payment for the costs of relocation of residents to other facilities, maintenance of operation of a facility pending correction of deficiencies or closure, and reimbursement of residents for personal funds lost.
(b) Civil monetary penalties, if imposed, may be assessed and collected, with interest, for each day a nursing home is or was out of compliance. Civil monetary penalties shall not exceed three thousand dollars per violation. Each day upon which the same or a substantially similar action occurs is a separate violation subject to the assessment of a separate penalty.
(c) Any civil penalty assessed under this section or chapter 74.46 RCW shall be a nonreimbursable item under chapter 74.46 RCW.
(5)(a) The department shall order stop placement on a nursing home, effective upon oral or written notice, when the department determines:
(i) The nursing home no longer substantially meets the requirements of chapter 18.51 RCW, chapter 74.42 RCW, or in the case of medicaid contractors, the requirements of Title XIX of the social security act, as amended, and any regulations promulgated under such statutes; and
(ii) The deficiency or deficiencies in the nursing home:
(A) Jeopardize the health and safety of the residents, or
(B) Seriously limit the nursing home's capacity to provide adequate care.
(b) When the department has ordered a stop placement, the department may approve a readmission to the nursing home from a hospital when the department determines the readmission would be in the best interest of the individual seeking readmission.
(c) The department shall terminate the stop placement when:
(i) The provider states in writing that the deficiencies necessitating the stop placement action have been corrected; and
(ii) The department staff confirms in a timely fashion not to exceed fifteen working days that:
(A) The deficiencies necessitating stop placement action have been corrected, and
(B) The provider exhibits the capacity to maintain adequate care and service.
(d) A nursing home provider shall have the right to an informal review to present written evidence to refute the deficiencies cited as the basis for the stop placement. A request for an informal review must be made in writing within ten days of the effective date of the stop placement.
(e) A stop placement shall not be delayed or suspended because the nursing home requests a hearing pursuant to chapter 34.05 RCW or an informal review. The stop placement shall remain in effect until:
(i) The department terminates the stop placement; or
(ii) The stop placement is terminated by a final agency order, after a hearing, pursuant to chapter 34.05 RCW.
(6) If the department determines that an emergency exists as a result of a nursing home's failure or refusal to comply with requirements of this chapter or, in the case of a Medicaid contractor, its failure or refusal to comply with Medicaid requirements of Title XIX of the social security act, as amended, and rules adopted thereunder, the department may suspend the nursing home's license and order the immediate closure of the nursing home, the immediate transfer of residents, or both.
(7) The department shall by rule specify criteria as to when and how the sanctions specified in this section shall be applied. Such criteria shall provide for the imposition of incrementally more severe penalties for deficiencies that are repeated, uncorrected, pervasive, or present a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the residents.
Sec. 9. Section 16, chapter 99, Laws of 1975 1st ex. sess. as amended by section 19, chapter 2, Laws of 1981 1st ex. sess. and RCW 18.51.065 are each amended to read as follows:
orders of the department denying, suspending, or revoking the license or
assessing a monetary penalty shall become final twenty days after the same has
been served upon the applicant or licensee unless a hearing is requested. All
orders of the department imposing stop placement, emergency closure, emergency
transfer, license suspension, or denial of payment shall be effective
immediately upon notice. All hearings hereunder and judicial review of
such determinations shall be in accordance with the administrative procedure
act, chapter ((
34.04)) 34.05 RCW, except that all orders of
the department imposing stop placement, emergency closure, emergency transfer,
license suspension, or denial of payment shall be effective pending any hearing,
and except that chapter 34.05 RCW shall have no application to receivership,
which is instituted by direct petition to superior court as provided for in RCW
18.51.410 through 18.51.520.
Sec. 10. Section 10, chapter 476, Laws of 1987 and RCW 18.51.410 are each amended to read as follows:
A petition to establish a receivership shall allege that one or more of the following conditions exist and that the current operator has demonstrated an inability or unwillingness to take actions necessary to immediately correct the conditions alleged:
(1) The facility is operating without a license;
facility has not given the department prior written notice of its intent to
close and has not made arrangements within thirty days before closure for the
orderly transfer of its residents: PROVIDED, That if the facility has given
the department prior written notice but the department has not acted with all
deliberate speed to transfer the facility's residents, this shall bar the filing
of a petition under this ((
emergency exists that specifically demonstrates an immediate and serious threat
of harm to)) The health, (( security)) safety, or
welfare of the facility's residents(( , including, but not limited to,
abandonment of the facility by the owner)) is immediately jeopardized;
condition exists in the facility in violation of a licensing statute or
regulation that specifically demonstrates an immediate and serious threat of
harm to the health, safety, or welfare of the residents of the facility; (5))) The facility demonstrates a pattern and practice of
violating chapter 18.51 or 74.42 RCW(( , or other statutes or regulations
adopted by the department designed to safeguard the health, security, or
welfare of residents)) and rules adopted thereunder such that the
facility has demonstrated a repeated inability to maintain minimum patient care
(5) The facility demonstrates a pattern or practice of violating a
condition level as defined by the federal government under the authority of
Title XIX of the social security act.
The department may file a petition in the superior court in the county in which the nursing home is located or in the superior court of Thurston county. The current or former operator or licensee and the owner of the nursing home, if different than the operator or licensee, shall be made a party to the action. The court shall grant the petition if it finds, by a preponderance of the evidence, that one or more of the conditions listed in subsections (1) through (6) of this section exists and, subject to RCW 18.51.420, that the current operator is unable or unwilling to take actions necessary to immediately correct the conditions.
Sec. 11. Section 13, chapter 476, Laws of 1987 and RCW 18.51.440 are each amended to read as follows:
Upon receipt of a petition for receivership, the court shall hear the matter within fourteen days. Temporary relief may be obtained under chapter 7.40 RCW and other applicable laws. In all actions arising under RCW 18.51.410 through 18.51.530, the posting of a certified copy of the summons and petition in a conspicuous place in the nursing home shall constitute service of those documents upon the respondent.
considering the petition, the court shall consider the following factors, among
others: (1) The
history of the provider, including any prior history of deficiencies and
corrective action taken; and (2) Whether
the circumstances alleged in the petition occurred for reasons that were beyond
the control of the facility's current or former operator, licensee, or owner.))
Sec. 12. Section 15, chapter 476, Laws of 1987 and RCW 18.51.460 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The receivership shall terminate:
the end of the appointed term; (2))) (a) When all deficiencies have been eliminated and
the court determines that the facility has the management capability to ensure
continued compliance with all requirements; or
When all residents have been transferred and the facility closed((
; (3) When
all deficiencies have been eliminated and the facility has been sold or
returned to its former owner: PROVIDED, That when a rehabilitated facility is
returned to its former owner, the court may impose conditions to assure the
continued compliance with chapters 18.51 and 74.42 RCW, and other applicable
laws and regulations; or (4) Upon
possession and control of the nursing home by a licensed replacement operator)).
(2) Upon the termination of a receivership, the court may impose conditions to assure the continued compliance with chapter 18.51 RCW, chapter 74.42 RCW, and , in the case of medicaid contractors, continued compliance with Title XIX of the social security act, as amended, and regulations promulgated thereunder.
Sec. 13. Section 58, chapter 211, Laws of 1979 ex. sess. as last amended by section 27, chapter 476, Laws of 1987 and RCW 74.42.580 are each amended to read as follows:
department may deny, suspend, ((
or)) revoke, or refuse to renew a
license or provisional license (( or, in lieu thereof or in addition thereto)),
assess monetary penalties of a civil nature, deny payment, seek
receivership, order stop placement, order emergency closure, or order emergency
transfer as provided in RCW 18.51.054 and 18.51.060 for violations
of requirements of this chapter or, in the case of medicaid contractors, the
requirements of Title XIX of the social security act, as amended, or rules
adopted thereunder. Chapter (( 34.04)) 34.05 RCW shall apply
to any such actions, except for receivership, and except that denial of
payment, stop placement, emergency closure, emergency transfer, and summary
license suspension shall be effective pending any hearing.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 14. A new section is added to chapter 18.51 RCW to read as follows:
(1) The department shall assure that a preadmission financial eligibility screen is administered prior to admission to a nursing facility licensed under this chapter to determine whether a person is eligible or will be eligible for medical assistance under chapter 74.09 RCW within six months of admission.
(2) The department shall assure that a functional assessment is administered prior to admission to a nursing facility for a person who is expected to be eligible for medical assistance under chapter 74.09 RCW within six months of admission. The assessment shall determine what services are needed and whether such long-term care could be provided in some other more appropriate setting.
(3) The department shall adopt rules to implement the program described in this chapter. The rules shall coordinate, when applicable, with any screen or preadmission assessments mandated under Title XIX of the social security act or other federal regulations.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 15. A new section is added to chapter 18.51 RCW to read as follows:
(1) A nursing facility shall notify applicants, in writing, that the applicant is required under law to participate in the preadmission screen and assessment established in accordance with section 14 of this act.
(2) A nursing facility shall not admit applicants prior to a prescreen as provided for in section 14 of this act.
(3) A nursing facility shall not admit applicants prior to a functional assessment when the applicant is known to be eligible for medical assistance under chapter 74.09 RCW within six months of admission, unless the department finds good cause for immediate admission.
(4) A nursing facility shall immediately refer to the department an applicant who is known to be eligible for medical assistance under chapter 74.09 RCW within six months of the prescreen mandated in section 14 of this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 16. A new section is added to chapter 74.42 RCW to read as follows:
The department shall provide the applicant and the nursing home with a written notice of its determination made under section 14 of this act. If the department determines that a person's placement in a nursing home is not appropriate, the written notice must contain:
(1) The reasons for the department's determination; and