WSR 18-03-147
(Aging and Long-Term Support Administration)
[Filed January 22, 2018, 1:07 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 17-21-087.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-97-1000 Resident assessment.
Hearing Location(s): On February 27, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at Office Building 2, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Headquarters, 1115 Washington, Olympia, WA 98504. Public parking at 11th and Jefferson. A map is available at
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than February 28, 2018.
Submit Written Comments to: DSHS Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504, email, fax 360-664-6185, by 5:00 p.m., February 27, 2018.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jeff Kildahl, DSHS rules consultant, phone 360-664-6092, fax 360-664-6185, TTY 711 relay service, email, by February 13, 2018.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-97-1000 to extend the timeline for a nursing home to transmit required resident assessment instrument (RAI) information for its residents from ten to fourteen days, in order to match federal regulations.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Federal regulations allow fourteen days for nursing homes to transmit RAI; state rules should match.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 74.42 RCW.
Statute Being Implemented: 42 C.F.R. 483.20.
Rule is necessary because of federal law, 42 C.F.R. 483.20.
Name of Proponent: DSHS, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Teva Weissman, P.O. Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98506, 360-725-2327.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Rule is exempt under 34.05.328 (5)(b)(iii), rules adopting or incorporating by reference without material change federal statutes or regulations.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.061 because this rule making is being adopted solely to conform and/or comply with federal statute or regulations. Citation of the specific federal statute or regulation and description of the consequences to the state if the rule is not adopted: 42 C.F.R. 483.20, Resident assessment.
January 18, 2018
Katherine I. Vasquez
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 13-04-093, filed 2/6/13, effective 3/9/13)
WAC 388-97-1000 Resident assessment.
(1) The nursing home must:
(a) Provide resident care based on a systematic, comprehensive, interdisciplinary assessment, and care planning process in which the resident participates, to the fullest extent possible;
(b) Conduct initially and periodically a comprehensive, accurate, standardized, reproducible assessment of each resident's functional capacity;
(c) At the time each resident is admitted:
(i) Have physician's orders for the resident's immediate care; and
(ii) Ensure that the resident's immediate care needs are identified in an admission assessment.
(d) Ensure that the comprehensive assessment of a resident's needs describes the resident's capability to perform daily life functions and significant impairments in functional capacity.
(2) The comprehensive assessment must include at least the following information:
(a) Identification and demographic information;
(b) Customary routine;
(c) Cognitive patterns;
(d) Communication;
(e) Vision;
(f) Mood and behavior patterns;
(g) Psychosocial well-being;
(h) Physical functioning and structural problems;
(i) Continence;
(j) Disease diagnosis and health conditions;
(k) Dental and nutritional status;
(l) Skin conditions;
(m) Activity pursuit;
(n) Medications;
(o) Special treatments and procedures;
(p) Discharge potential;
(q) Documentation of summary information regarding the assessment performed; and
(r) Documentation of participation in assessment.
(3) The nursing home must conduct comprehensive assessments:
(a) No later than fourteen days after the date of admission;
(b) Promptly after a significant change in the resident's physical or mental condition; and
(c) In no case less often than once every twelve months.
(4) The nursing home must ensure that:
(a) Each resident is assessed no less than once every three months, and as appropriate, the resident's assessment is revised to assure the continued accuracy of the assessment; and
(b) The results of the assessment are used to develop, review and revise the resident's comprehensive plan of care under WAC 388-97-1020.
(5) The skilled nursing facility and nursing facility must:
(a) For the required assessment, complete the state approved resident assessment instrument (RAI) for each resident in accordance with federal requirements;
(b) Maintain electronic or paper copies of completed resident assessments in the resident's active medical record for fifteen months; this information must be maintained in a centralized location and be easily and readily accessible;
(c) Place the hard copies of the signature pages in the clinical record of each resident if a facility maintains their RAI data electronically and does not use electronic signatures;
(d) Assess each resident not less than every three months, using the state approved assessment instrument; and
(e) Transmit all state and federally required RAI information for each resident to the department:
(i) In a manner approved by the department;
(ii) Within ((ten)) fourteen days of completion of any RAI assessment required under this subsection; and
(iii) Within ((ten)) fourteen days of discharging or admitting a resident for a tracking record.