WSR 99-21-067

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed October 19, 1999, 4:51 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: WAC 246-843-990 Nursing home administrator fees and renewal cycle.

Purpose: Rules sets fees collected by the Department of Health to fully fund the activities of the nursing home administrator program.

Other Identifying Information: The application fee is reduced to eliminate the fee for taking the national examination. The reexamination fee is eliminated. Reciprocity is changed to the more correct word, endorsement.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.70.250 and [43.70.]280.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapters 43.70 and 18.52 RCW.

Summary: Amendment to eliminate fees paid to the Department of Health for examination for initial license.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The fees for examination will be paid directly by examination candidates to the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators (NAB) to take the computer-based examination that replaces the paper and pencil exam used before January 1, 2000.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Barbara Hayes, Department of Health, (360) 236-4921.

Name of Proponent: Department of Health, governmental.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: The NAB change from a paper and pencil format examination to a computer-based format will decrease program workload.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Amending rule eliminates fee paid to the Department of Health for national examination for nursing home administrators because exam candidates will pay all fees associated with computer-based examination directly to the national organization that owns the examination. This change will occur effective January 1, 2000.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Changes eliminate the examination portion of the application fee and the reexamination fee paid by an examination candidate to the Department of Health. The candidate will pay fees directly to the national organization in order to take the national exam for nursing home administrator.

A small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

Small Business Economic Impact Statement

Individual nursing home administrators qualify as small businesses since each is licensed separately and only one person is licensed. Since all providers qualify as small businesses, there is no disproportionate impact to small businesses. When there is no disproportionate impact, mitigation is not necessary.

An estimated twenty-six candidates per year will have to comply with the requirements of this rule.

The public will have the opportunity to provide written or oral testimony at the public hearing.

A copy of the statement may be obtained by writing to Barbara Hayes, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98504-7868, phone (360) 236-4921, fax (360) 236-4922.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. This rule is exempt per RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vi).

Hearing Location: Department of Health, Target Plaza, 2725 Harrison N.W., Olympia, WA 98502, on November 23, 1999, at 1:30 p.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Erin Obenland, (360) 236-4920, by November 16, 1999, TDD (800) 525-0127, or (800) 833-6388.

Submit Written Comments to: Barbara Hayes, fax (206) 236-4922, by November 16, 1999.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 30, 1999.

October 15, 1999

M. C. Selecky

Secretary

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-05-060, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98)

WAC 246-843-990
Nursing home administrator fees and renewal cycle.

(1) Licenses must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.

(2) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged:


Title of Fee Fee
Application (((examination

and)) - Original license(()

$325.00))

$200.00

((Reexamination (partial) 125.00))
Administrator-in-training 100.00
Application - ((Reciprocity)) Endorsement 295.00
Temporary permit 190.00
Renewal 295.00
Inactive license renewal 110.00
Late renewal penalty 145.00
Expired license reissuance 147.00
Late renewal penalty - inactive 55.00
Expired inactive license reissuance 55.00
Duplicate license 15.00
Certification of license 15.00
((Administrator-in-training 100.00))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280.  98-05-060, 246-843-990, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250 and chapter 18.52 RCW.  94-09-006, 246-843-990, filed 4/11/94, effective 5/12/94.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250.  93-14-011, 246-843-990, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93; 91-09-051 (Order 154), 246-843-990, filed 4/16/91, effective 5/17/91.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040.  91-06-058 (Order 138), recodified as 246-843-990, filed 3/1/91, effective 4/1/91.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250.  90-04-094 (Order 029), 308-54-315, filed 2/7/90, effective 3/10/90.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.24.086.  87-18-031 (Order PM 667), 308-54-315, filed 8/27/87.  Statutory Authority: 1983 c 168 12.  83-17-031 (Order PL 442), 308-54-315, filed 8/10/83.  Formerly WAC 308-54-310.]

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