WSR 02-06-116

EXPEDITED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Nursing Home Administrators)

[ Filed March 6, 2002, 9:45 a.m. ]

Title of Rule: WAC 246-843-015 Nursing homes temporarily without an administrator.

Purpose: The rule provides guidance to a nursing home business if a Washington state licensed home administrator (NHA) leaves the position of administrator in active charge of a state-licensed nursing home.

Other Identifying Information: The rule is redundant of Department of Social and Health Services rule, WAC 388-97-160(4).

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.52.061.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 18.52 RCW.

Summary: The proposal repeals WAC 246-843-015 Nursing homes temporarily without an administrator.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) regulates nursing homes and has authority under RCW 18.51.070 to adopt rules relating to general administration of licensed nursing homes. DSHS adopted a rule that is modeled after and similar to this rule, making this rule redundant and no longer necessary.

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

Name of Proponent: Board of Nursing Home Administrators, governmental.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The rule states that a nursing home may employ an administrator designee who is not a licensed nursing home administrator (NHA) in Washington as long as there is an agreement with a Washington licensed NHA to provide consultation.

The purpose of the rule is to guide nursing home businesses in continuity of administration of a nursing home.

The board anticipates that the repeal of the rule will eliminate a redundancy in WAC and remove confusion on which state agency has authority over nursing homes.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The proposed action will repeal a rule from Washington Administrative Code.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THE USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Barbara A. Hayes, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867 , AND RECEIVED BY May 7, 2002.


February 4, 2002

Barbara A. Hayes

Health Services Consultant 3

OTS-5176.1


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 246-843-015 Nursing homes temporarily without an administrator.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office