Informal department review.

(1) For medicare or medicaid certified nursing homes, the informal department review process described in this section is the only opportunity for the nursing home to dispute the federal deficiency citation report, unless a federal sanction is imposed.
(2) The nursing home licensee has the right to an informal department review of disputed state or federal citations, or both.
(3) A licensee must make a written request for an informal department review within ten calendar days of receipt of the department's written deficiency citation(s) report. The request must be directed to the department's designated local aging and disability services administration office and must identify the deficiencies that are being disputed.
(4) At the informal department review, the licensee or nursing home may provide documentation and verbal explanations related to the disputed federal or state deficiencies, or both.
(5) When modifications or deletions are made to the disputed federal or state deficiency citations, or both, the licensee or nursing home must modify or delete the relevant portions of the plan of correction within five days of receipt of the modified or deleted deficiency(ies). The licensee or nursing home may request from the department a clean copy of the revised deficiency citation report.
(6) If the licensee or nursing home is unwilling to provide the modified plan of correction, the department may impose a per day civil fine for failure to return the modified deficiency citation report to the department in accordance with this subsection.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 18.51 and 74.42 RCW and 42 C.F.R. 489.52. WSR 08-20-062, ยง 388-97-4420, filed 9/24/08, effective 11/1/08.]
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