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WAC 388-97-4320

Relocation of residents.

(1) In the event of license revocation or suspension, decertification, or other emergency closures the department will:
(a) Notify residents and, when appropriate, resident representatives of the action;
(b) Assist with residents' relocation and identify possible alternative living choices and locations; and
(c) The nursing home will assist the residents to the extent it is directed to do so by the department.
(2) When a resident's relocation occurs due to an emergency closure from a natural disaster, the nursing home may not be required to cease its business operations unless directed to do so by the department.
(3) When a resident's relocation occurs due to a nursing home's voluntary closure, or voluntary termination of its medicare or medicaid contract or both, the nursing home must:
(a) Notify the department and all residents and resident representatives in accordance with WAC 388-97-1640;
(b) Notify the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the public as required by 42 C.F.R. 489.52, or a successor regulation, if the closure or termination affects the provision of medicare services; and
(c) Provide appropriate discharge planning and coordination for all residents including a plan to the department for safe and orderly transfer or discharge of residents from the nursing home.
(4) The department may provide residents assistance with relocation.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 18.51 and 74.42 RCW. WSR 10-02-021, § 388-97-4320, filed 12/29/09, effective 1/29/10. Statutory Authority: Chapters 18.51 and 74.42 RCW and 42 C.F.R. 489.52. WSR 08-20-062, § 388-97-4320, filed 9/24/08, effective 11/1/08.]
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