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PDFWAC 246-335-645

Supervision of hospice services.

(1) A licensee must employ a director of clinical services.
(2) The director of clinical services must designate in writing a similarly qualified alternate to act in the director's absence.
(3) The licensee shall ensure the director of clinical services and the designated alternate completes a minimum of ten hours of training annually. Written documentation of trainings must be available upon request by the department. Training may include a combination of topics related to clinical supervision duties and the delivery of hospice services. Examples of appropriate training include, but are not limited to:
(a) Agency sponsored in-services;
(b) Community venues;
(c) Community classes;
(d) Conferences;
(e) Seminars;
(f) Continuing education related to the director's health care professional credential, if applicable; and
(g) Supervisory responsibilities in the event of a natural disaster, man-made incident, or public health emergency.
(4) The director of clinical services or designee must be available twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.
(5) The director of clinical services or designee must ensure:
(a) Coordination, development, and revision of written patient and family care policies and procedures related to each service provided;
(b) Supervision of all patient and family care provided by personnel and volunteers. The director of clinical services may assign staff supervision responsibilities to a registered nurse or other appropriately credentialed professional;
(c) Evaluation of services provided by contractors;
(d) Coordination of services when one or more licensed agency is providing care to the patient and family;
(e) Compliance with the plan of care;
(f) All direct care personnel, contractors, and volunteers observe and recognize changes in the patient's condition and needs, and report any changes to the director of clinical services or designee; and
(g) All direct care personnel, contractors, and volunteers initiate emergency procedures according to agency policy.
(6) The licensee must document supervision including, but not limited to:
(a) RN supervision when using the services of an RN or LPN, in accordance with chapter 18.79 RCW;
(b) Licensed nurse supervision of home health aide services during an on-site visit with or without the home health aide present once a month to evaluate compliance with the plan of care and patient and family satisfaction with care; and
(c) Supervision by a licensed therapist when using the services of a therapy assistant in accordance with the appropriate practice acts.
(7) The licensee using home health aides must ensure:
(a) Each home health aide reviews the plan of care and any additional written instructions for the care of each patient prior to providing home health aide services and whenever there is a change in the plan of care; and
(b) Each home health aide assists with medications according to agency policy and this chapter.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.127.120 and 43.70.250. WSR 18-06-093, ยง 246-335-645, filed 3/6/18, effective 4/6/18.]
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