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PDFWAC 246-310-043

Exemption from requirements for a certificate of need for nursing home bed conversions to alternative use.

Provisions for exemptions.
The secretary's designee shall grant an exemption from the requirements for a certificate of need for the conversion of nursing home beds banked under the provisions of RCW 70.38.111(8) by a nursing home meeting the eligibility requirements of this section and submitting an application for an exemption which demonstrates the eligibility requirements have been met.
(1) Eligibility requirements. To be eligible for an exemption under this section, an applicant shall demonstrate that:
(a) The nursing home voluntarily reduced its licensed capacity to provide one or more alternative services, as identified in RCW 70.38.111(8), to reduce the number of beds per room to one or two in the nursing home, or otherwise enhance the quality of life for residents, as defined in WAC 246-310-010;
(b) The beds to be converted back to nursing home beds are to be licensed in the original facility;
(c) The nursing home has remained in continuous operation and has not been sold or leased during the bed banking time interval;
(d) Notice of intent to bank the nursing home beds was given as required by WAC 246-310-395; and
(e) The bed conversion occurs within four years of the bed banking, unless the department has granted a four year extension under WAC 246-310-580 in which case the bed conversion must occur within eight years of the original bed banking.
(2) Nursing homes proposing to establish, construct, or otherwise develop alternative services subject to certificate of need review under the provisions of RCW 70.38.105 shall obtain certificate of need approval prior to providing such services.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.38 RCW. WSR 96-24-052, ยง 246-310-043, filed 11/27/96, effective 12/28/96.]
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