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WAC 246-310-044

Exemption from requirements for a certificate of need for nursing home bed replacements.

(1) Provisions for exemptions.
The secretary's designee shall grant a replacement authorization exempting a facility from the requirements for a certificate of need for the replacement of existing nursing home beds under the provisions of RCW 70.38.115 (13)(a) by a nursing home meeting the eligibility requirements of this section and submitting an application, following the notice requirements in WAC 246-310-397, which demonstrates the eligibility requirements have been met.
(2) Nursing home construction or renovation projects for the purpose of replacing nursing home beds within the same planning area, and which meet the eligibility requirements in subsection (3) of this section and the notification requirements in WAC 246-310-397, shall not be subject to certificate of need review. Projects meeting the above requirements would include, but are not limited to:
(a) Replacement of an existing facility at the same location;
(b) Construction of a new nursing home or facilities for the purpose of replacing beds in the same planning area;
(c) Renovation of an existing facility for the purpose of replacing beds; and
(d) Redistribution of all or a portion of existing beds to an existing or new nursing home or facilities in the same planning area.
(3) Eligibility requirements. To be eligible for an exemption under this section, an applicant shall demonstrate that:
(a) The applicant is the existing licensee (as defined in WAC 246-310-010) of all affected facilities and has operated the beds at all affected facilities for at least one year immediately preceding the replacement exemption request fulfilling the requirements as specified in WAC 246-310-397;
(b) The applicant will be the licensee at all affected facilities at the completion of the project except as allowed under the provisions of RCW 70.38.115(14);
(c) The project will not increase the total bed capacity of a planning area; and
(d) The nursing home beds being replaced will not provide nursing home services once the replacement beds are licensed.
(4) Projects must be commenced within two years following replacement authorization with a possibility of one six-month extension provided that substantial and continuing progress had been made toward commencement of the project as referenced in WAC 246-310-580.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.38 RCW. WSR 98-10-053, § 246-310-044, filed 4/29/98, effective 5/30/98; WSR 96-24-052, § 246-310-044, filed 11/27/96, effective 12/28/96.]
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