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WAC 246-320-011

Department responsibilities—Licensing—Adjudicative proceeding.

This section identifies the actions and responsibilities of the department for licensing hospitals.
(1) Before issuing an initial license, the department will verify compliance with chapter 70.41 RCW and this chapter which includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Approval of construction documents;
(b) Receipt of a certificate of need as provided in chapter 70.38 RCW;
(c) Approval by the local jurisdiction of all local codes and ordinances and the permit to occupy;
(d) Approval of the initial license application;
(e) Receipt of the correct license fee;
(f) Compliance with the on-site survey conducted by the state fire marshal required in RCW 70.41.080; and
(g) Conduct an on-site licensing survey in accordance with WAC 246-320-016.
(2) The department may issue a license to include two or more buildings, if the applicant:
(a) Meets the requirements listed in subsection (1) of this section;
(b) Operates the buildings as an integrated system with:
(i) Governance by a single authority over all buildings or portions of buildings;
(ii) A single medical staff for all hospital facilities; and
(iii) Use all policies and procedures for all facilities and departments.
(c) Arranges for safe and appropriate transport of patients between all facilities and buildings.
(3) Before reissuing a license, the department will:
(a) Verify compliance with the on-site survey conducted by the state fire marshal required in RCW 70.41.080;
(b) Review and accept the annual hospital update information documentation;
(c) Assure receipt of the correct annual fee; and
(d) Reissue licenses as often as necessary each calendar year so that approximately one-third of the hospital licenses expire on the last day of the calendar year.
(4) The department may issue a provisional license to allow the operation of a hospital, if the department determines that the applicant or licensed hospital failed to comply with chapter 70.41 RCW or this chapter.
(5) The department may deny, suspend, modify, or revoke a license when it finds an applicant or hospital has failed or refused to comply with chapter 70.41 RCW or this chapter. The department's notice of a license denial, suspension, modification, or revocation will be consistent with RCW 43.70.115. The proceeding is governed by the Administrative Procedure Act chapter 34.05 RCW, this chapter, and chapters 246-08 and 246-10 WAC. If this chapter conflicts with chapter 246-08 or 246-10 WAC, this chapter governs.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.41 RCW and RCW 43.70.040. WSR 09-07-050, § 246-320-011, filed 3/11/09, effective 4/11/09.]
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