Chapter 246-451 WAC

Last Update: 6/1/94

HOSPITALS—ASSESSMENTS AND RELATED REPORTS

WAC Sections

246-451-001Purpose.
246-451-010Definitions.
246-451-020Levying of assessment.
246-451-030Payment of assessment.
246-451-040Assessment exceptions.
246-451-050Reporting of information.
246-451-060Penalties for violation.


246-451-001
Purpose.

This chapter is adopted by the Washington state department of health to implement the provisions of RCW 70.170.080, regarding the financing of the basic expenses for the hospital data collection and reporting activities by the department by an assessment against hospitals.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.070 [43.70] and 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-089, § 246-451-001, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-451-001, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91; Order 74-04, § 261-10-010, filed 3/29/74; Order 74-03, § 261-10-010, filed 2/15/74.]



246-451-010
Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise,
(1) "Department" shall mean the Washington state department of health created by chapter 43.70 RCW.
(2) "Hospital" shall mean any health care institution which is required to qualify for a license under RCW 70.41.020(2); or as a psychiatric hospital under chapter 71.12 RCW.
(3) "Gross operating costs" shall mean the sum of direct operating expenses required to be reported in cost centers 6000-8999, as specified in the manual adopted under WAC 246-454-020.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.070 [43.70] and 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-089, § 246-451-010, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-451-010, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-066 (Order 84-05, Resolution No. 84-05), § 261-10-020, filed 10/1/84; WSR 83-06-036 (Order 83-02, Resolution No. 83-02), § 261-10-020, filed 2/28/83; Order 74-03, § 261-10-020, filed 2/15/74.]



246-451-020
Levying of assessment.

Rate: The department, pursuant to RCW 70.170.080 hereby levies upon each hospital an annual assessment at the rate of four one-hundredths of one percent of such hospital's gross operating costs incurred during its fiscal year ending on or before June 30th of the preceding calendar year.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.070 [43.70] and 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-089, § 246-451-020, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-451-020, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 83-06-036 (Order 83-02, Resolution No. 83-02), § 261-10-030, filed 2/28/83; Order 74-03, § 261-10-030, filed 2/15/74.]



246-451-030
Payment of assessment.

(1) The department annually shall calculate the amount of assessment due from each hospital, and shall prepare and mail to such hospital a statement indicating the amount of the assessment. The assessment shall be paid within ninety days after the statement of such assessment is mailed by the department.
(2) An assessment reminder notice shall be mailed forty-five days after the mailing of the initial statement.
(3) A second assessment reminder notice shall be mailed ninety days after the mailing of the initial statement. This reminder shall declare the assessment delinquent and a penalty shall be payable, calculated as interest on the delinquent assessment at the rate of twelve percent per annum.
(4) A third assessment reminder notice shall be mailed one hundred twenty days after the mailing of the initial statement. This reminder shall state the delinquent status of the assessment and the total accrued interest to the date of this reminder notice.
(5) A fourth assessment reminder notice shall be mailed one hundred fifty days after the mailing of the initial statement. This reminder shall be the final reminder and shall state the amount of the delinquent assessment and total interest accrued to the date of this reminder. In addition, the hospital will be notified that if payment of the assessment and all accrued interest is not made within thirty days of the reminder, the account will be sent to the attorney general for appropriate action.
(6) Whenever a partial payment is made, the remaining balance shall be treated in the same manner as provided in subsections (2) through (5) of this section.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.070 [43.70] and 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-089, § 246-451-030, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-451-030, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 83-06-036 (Order 83-02, Resolution No. 83-02), § 261-10-040, filed 2/28/83; Order 74-03, § 261-10-040, filed 2/15/74.]



246-451-040
Assessment exceptions.

(1) Upon receipt of a request in detail to the satisfaction of the department, the department may grant an exemption from assessment to a hospital for such assessment period(s) or portion thereof as the department shall specify, for the following reasons:
(a) The hospital was not in operation for the entire twelve months of its assessable fiscal year. (Such hospital, however, shall be liable for an assessment based on its gross operating costs for the period of its assessable fiscal year during which it was in operation.)
(b) The hospital charges no fee to users of its services; presents no billing, either direct or indirect, to users of its services; and presents no billing and accepts no payment for services from private or public insurers.
(2) The request for an exemption from assessment shall specify the assessment period(s) or portion thereof for which exemption is sought, and the reasons why the department should grant the exemption. A request for an exemption shall be acted upon by the department within sixty days of the receipt thereof.
(3) Any hospital granted an exemption from assessment under this chapter, nevertheless, shall be required to conform to all reporting requirements as the department may prescribe.
(4) An entity that assumes the operation of, or otherwise becomes the operator of a hospital shall also assume the assessment obligation of any previous operating entity.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.070 [43.70] and 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-089, § 246-451-040, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-451-040, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91; Order 74-03, § 261-10-050, filed 2/15/74.]



246-451-050
Reporting of information.

For the purpose of calculating the assessment, the department will use the most recent year-end report submitted pursuant to WAC 246-454-050.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.070 [43.70] and 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-089, § 246-451-050, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-451-050, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 83-06-036 (Order 83-02, Resolution No. 83-02), § 261-10-060, filed 2/28/83; Order 74-03, § 261-10-060, filed 2/15/74.]



246-451-060
Penalties for violation.

RCW 70.170.070 provides that every person who shall violate or knowingly aid and abet the violation of chapter 70.170 RCW or any valid orders, rules, or regulations thereunder, or who fails to perform any act which that chapter makes it his/her duty to perform shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Following official notice to the accused by the department of the existence of an alleged violation, each day upon which a violation occurs shall constitute a separate violation. Any person violating the provisions of chapter 70.170 RCW may be enjoined from continuing such violation. Failure to remit the payment required by WAC 246-451-030 or file the reports required by WAC 246-451-050 shall constitute a violation, and the department may levy a civil penalty not to exceed one thousand dollars per day for each day following official notice of the violation by the department. The department may grant extensions of time to remit the payment or file the reports, in which cases failure to file the reports shall not constitute a violation until the extension period has expired.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.070 [43.70] and 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-089, § 246-451-060, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-451-060, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.39.180. WSR 86-11-041 (Order 86-01, Resolution No. 86-01), § 261-10-080, filed 5/16/86; Order 74-03, § 261-10-080, filed 2/15/74.]