WSR 02-23-030

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Disabilities and Long-Term Care Administration)

[ Filed November 12, 2002, 3:37 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: November 7, 2002.

Purpose: Adopting new WAC 388-97-143 to incorporate new legislation (chapter 256, Laws of 2002) regarding immunizations for influenza virus and pneumoccocal disease; amending WAC 388-97-650 in order to correct references; and amending WAC 388-97-570 (1)(i) and (3)(c) by reference in order to clarify language regarding criminal convictions and protection proceedings per new legislation (chapter 219, Laws of 2002).

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-97-570 and 388-97-650.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.51.070, 74.42.620.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 02-20-103 on October 2, 2002.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 2, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

November 7, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3172.3
NEW SECTION
WAC 388-97-143   Influenza and pneumococcal immunizations.   (1) The nursing home shall provide residents access on-site or make available elsewhere, the ability to obtain the influenza virus immunization on an annual basis.

(2) Upon admission, the nursing home shall inform residents or the resident's representative, verbally and in writing, of the benefits of receiving the influenza virus immunization and the pneumococcal disease immunization.

(3) Nursing homes who rely exclusively upon treatment by nonmedical religious healing methods, including prayer, are exempt from the above rules.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-14-063, filed 6/27/02, effective 7/28/02)

WAC 388-97-570   Reasons for denial, suspension, modification, revocation of, or refusal to renew a nursing home license.   (1) The department may deny, suspend, modify, revoke, or refuse to renew a nursing home license when the department finds the proposed or current licensee, or any partner, officer, director, managing employee, owner of five percent or more of the proposed or current licensee of the nursing home, owner of five percent or more of the assets of the nursing home, proposed or current administrator, or employee or individual providing nursing home care or services has:

(a) Failed or refused to comply with the:

(i) Requirements established by chapters 18.51, 74.42, or 74.46 RCW and regulations adopted under these chapters; or

(ii) Medicaid requirements of Title XIX of the Social Security Act and Medicaid regulations.

(b) A history of significant noncompliance with federal or state regulations in providing nursing home care;

(c) No credit history or a poor credit history;

(d) Engaged in the illegal use of drugs or the excessive use of alcohol or been convicted of "crimes relating to drugs" as defined in RCW 43.43.830;

(e) Unlawfully operated a nursing home, or long term care facility as defined in RCW 70.129.010, without a license or under a revoked or suspended license;

(f) Previously held a license to operate a hospital or any facility for the care of children or vulnerable adults, and that license has been revoked, or suspended, or the licensee did not seek renewal of the license following written notification of the licensing agency's initiation of revocation or suspension of the license;

(g) Obtained or attempted to obtain a license by fraudulent means or misrepresentation;

(h) Permitted, aided, or abetted the commission of any illegal act on the nursing home premises;

(i) Been convicted of a felony((,)) or other ((than a felony that is a "crime against children or other persons," or a "crime relating to financial exploitation" as defined in RCW 43.43.830, if the)) crime that would be prohibited under RCW 74.39A.050(8), if it reasonably relates to the competency of the individual to own or operate a nursing home;

(j) Failed to:

(i) Provide any authorization, documentation, or information the department requires in order to verify information contained in the application;

(ii) Meet financial obligations as the obligations fall due in the normal course of business;

(iii) Verify additional information the department determines relevant to the application;

(iv) Report abandonment, abuse, neglect or financial exploitation in violation of chapter 74.34 RCW; or in the case of a skilled nursing facility or nursing facilities, failure to report as required by 42 C.F.R. 483.13; or

(v) Pay a civil fine the department assesses under this chapter within ten days after assessment becomes final((;)).

(k) Been certified pursuant to RCW 74.20A.320 as a person who is not in compliance with a child support order (license suspension only);

(l) Knowingly or with reason to know makes a false statement of a material fact in the application for a license or license renewal, in attached data, or in matters under department investigation;

(m) Refused to allow department representatives or agents to inspect required books, records, and files or portions of the nursing home premises;

(n) Willfully prevented, interfered with, or attempted to impede the work of authorized department representatives in the:

(i) Lawful enforcement of provisions under this chapter or chapters 18.51 or 74.42 RCW; or

(ii) Preservation of evidence of violations of provisions under this chapter or chapters 18.51 or 74.42 RCW.

(o) Retaliated against a resident or employee initiating or participating in proceedings specified under RCW 18.51.220; or

(p) Discriminated against Medicaid recipients as prohibited under RCW 74.42.055.

(2) In determining whether there is a history of significant noncompliance with federal or state regulations under subsection (1)(b), the department may, at a minimum, consider:

(a) Whether the violation resulted in a significant harm or a serious and immediate threat to the health, safety, or welfare of any resident;

(b) Whether the proposed or current licensee promptly investigated the circumstances surrounding any violation and took steps to correct and prevent a recurrence of a violation;

(c) The history of surveys and complaint investigation findings and any resulting enforcement actions;

(d) Repeated failure to comply with regulations;

(e) Inability to attain compliance with cited deficiencies within a reasonable period of time; and

(f) The number of violations relative to the number of facilities the proposed or current licensee, or any partner, officer, director, managing employee, employee or individual providing nursing home care or services has been affiliated within the past ten years, or owner of five percent or more of the proposed or current licensee or of the assets of the nursing home.

(3) The department must deny, suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew a proposed or current licensee's nursing home license if the proposed or current licensee or any partner, officer, director, managing employee, owner of five percent or more of the proposed or current licensee of the nursing home or owner of five percent or more of the assets of the nursing home, proposed or current administrator, or employee or individual providing nursing home care or services has been:

(a) Convicted of a "crime against children or other persons" as defined under RCW 43.43.830;

(b) Convicted of a "crime relating to financial exploitation" as defined under RCW 43.43.830;

(c) Found by a court in a criminal proceeding or a protection proceeding under chapter 74.34 RCW, or any comparable state or federal law, to have abandoned, abused, neglected or financially exploited a vulnerable adult;

(d) Found in any final decision issued by a disciplinary board to have sexually or physically abused or exploited any minor or an individual with a developmental disability or to have abused, neglected, abandoned, or financially exploited any vulnerable adult;

(e) Found in any dependency action to have sexually assaulted or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor;

(f) Found by a court in a domestic relations proceeding under Title 26 RCW, or any comparable state or federal law, to have sexually abused or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor; or

(g) Found to have abused, neglected, abandoned or financially exploited or mistreated residents or misappropriated their property, and that finding has been entered on a nursing assistant registry.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.51.070, 74.42.620. 02-14-063, 388-97-570, filed 6/27/02, effective 7/28/02; 00-06-028, 388-97-570, filed 2/24/00, effective 3/26/00.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-14-063, filed 6/27/02, effective 7/28/02)

WAC 388-97-650   Stop placement.   (1) The department must impose a stop placement order when required by RCW 18.51.060(5) and WAC ((388-97-650)) 388-97-630(1) and may impose a stop placement order as an optional remedy in accordance with WAC 388-97-635. The department's stop placement order becomes effective upon verbal or written notice.

(2) The nursing home has the right to an informal department review to refute the federal or state deficiencies, or both, cited as the basis for the stop placement and must request such review in accordance with WAC 388-97-620(3).

(3) The department will not delay or suspend a stop placement order because the nursing home requests an administrative hearing or informal department review.

(4) The stop placement order must remain in effect until:

(a) The department terminates the stop placement order; or

(b) The stop placement order is terminated by a final agency order following appeal conducted in accordance with chapter 34.05 RCW.

(5) The department must terminate the stop placement when:

(a) The nursing home states in writing that the deficiencies necessitating the stop placement action have been corrected; and

(b) Within fifteen working days of the nursing home's notification, department staff confirm by on-site revisit of the nursing home that:

(i) The deficiencies that necessitated the stop placement action have been corrected; and

(ii) The nursing home exhibits the capacity to maintain adequate care and services and correction of deficiencies.

(6) After lifting the stop placement, the department may continue to perform on site monitoring to verify that the nursing home has maintained correction of deficiencies.

(7) While a stop placement order is in effect, the department may approve a readmission to the nursing home from the hospital in accordance with RCW 18.51.060 (5)(b) and department guidelines for readmission decisions.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.51.070, 74.42.620. 02-14-063, 388-97-650, filed 6/27/02, effective 7/28/02.]

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