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WAC 246-310-284

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Kidney disease treatment centersMethodology.

A kidney dialysis facility that provides hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, training, or backup must meet the following standards in addition to applicable review criteria in WAC 246-310-210, 246-310-220, 246-310-230, and 246-310-240.
(1) Applications for new stations may only address projected station need in the planning area in which the facility is to be located.
(a) If there is no existing facility in an adjacent planning area, the application may also address the projected station need in that planning area.
(b) Station need projections must be calculated separately for each planning area within the application.
(2) Data used to project station need must be the most recent five-year resident in-center year-end patient data available from the Northwest Renal Network as of the first day of the application submission period, concluding with the base year at the time of application.
(3) Projected station need must be based on 4.8 resident in-center patients per station for all planning areas except Adams, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Garfield, Jefferson, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, San Juan, Skamania, Stevens, and Wahkiakum counties. The projected station need for these exception planning areas must be based on 3.2 resident in-center patients per station.
(4) The number of dialysis stations projected as needed in a planning area shall be determined by using the following methodology:
(a) Determine the type of regression analysis to be used to project resident in-center station need by calculating the annual growth rate in the planning area using the year-end number of resident in-center patients for each of the previous six consecutive years, concluding with the base year.
(i) If the planning area has experienced less than six percent growth in any of the previous five annual changes calculations, use linear regression to project station need; or
(ii) If the planning area has experienced six percent or greater growth in each of the previous five annual changes, use nonlinear (exponential) regression to project station need.
(b) Project the number of resident in-center patients in the projection year using the regression type determined in (a) of this subsection. When performing the regression analysis use the previous five consecutive years of year-end data concluding with the base year. For example, if the base year is 2005, use year-end data for 2001 through 2005 to perform the regression analysis.
(c) Determine the number of dialysis stations needed to serve resident in-center patients in the planning area in the projection year by dividing the result of (b) of this subsection by the appropriate resident in-center patient per station number from subsection (3) of this section. In order to assure access, fractional numbers are rounded up to the nearest whole number. For example, 5.1 would be rounded to 6. Rounding to a whole number is only allowed for determining the number of stations needed.
(d) To determine the net station need for a planning area, subtract the number calculated in (c) of this subsection from the total number of certificate of need approved stations located in the planning area.
(5) Before the department approves new in-center kidney dialysis stations, all certificate of need approved stations in the planning area must be operating at 4.8 in-center patients per station for all planning areas except Adams, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Garfield, Jefferson, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, San Juan, Skamania, Stevens, and Wahkiakum counties. For these exception planning areas all certificate of need approved stations in the planning area must be operating at 3.2 in-center patients per station. Both resident and nonresident patients using the dialysis facility are included in this calculation. Data used to make this calculation must be from the most recent quarterly modality report or successor report from the Northwest Renal Network as of the first day of the application submission period.
(6) By the third full year of operation, new in-center kidney dialysis stations must reasonably project to be operating at:
(a) 4.8 in-center patients per station for those facilities required to operate at 4.8 in-center patients as identified in subsection (5) of this section; or
(b) 3.2 in-center patients per station for those facilities required to operate at 3.2 in-center patients as identified in subsection (5) of this section.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.38.135. WSR 06-24-050, § 246-310-284, filed 12/1/06, effective 1/1/07.]