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75-1517. Informal dispute resolution procedure regarding deficiencies found in a medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital. (a) If, upon inspection for compliance with federal law pursuant to oversight by the centers for medicare and medicaid services of a medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital by an officer of the state fire marshal, deficiencies are found, such medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital within 10 calendar days after receipt of the statement of deficiencies, may make a written request to the state fire marshal for informal dispute resolution. The medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital may make not more than one request for a two-tier informal dispute resolution per inspection to dispute any deficiencies with which such medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital disagrees, based on the statement of deficiencies and any other materials submitted, except that such medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital shall have an opportunity to supplement such material prior to a disposition of the claim. The state fire marshal shall hold an informal dispute resolution meeting with such medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital in person upon request of the medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital. The first-tier of the informal dispute resolution shall be conducted within 30 days of receipt of the written request from the medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital. The medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital shall be notified of the results of the first-tier informal dispute resolution on or before 10 days of the disposition being rendered.

(b) A written request for informal dispute resolution shall:

(1) State the specific deficiencies being disputed;

(2) provide a detailed explanation of the basis for the dispute; and

(3) include any supporting documentation, including any information that was not available at the time of the inspection.

(c) The medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital may challenge the decision of the first-tier informal dispute resolution and may request completion of the second-tier of informal dispute resolution by a three-person panel appointed by the state fire marshal. No more than one panel member shall be an employee of the state fire marshal, and such member shall not be the person who conducted the first-tier of the informal dispute resolution. At least two panel members shall not be employees of the state fire marshal and shall have suitable expertise to review the disputed deficiency or deficiencies. The second-tier informal dispute resolution shall take place within 30 days of the request by the medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital. The medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital shall be notified of the results of the second-tier informal dispute resolution within 10 days of the disposition being rendered.

(d) The state fire marshal may fix, charge and collect a fee from a medical care facility, adult care home, assisted living facility or special hospital requesting a second-tier informal dispute resolution review panel to recover all or part of the costs incurred by state fire marshal for holding such second-tier informal dispute resolution panel under this section that shall not exceed $250.

(e) Any decision or proposed resolution of the informal dispute resolution panel under this section shall be advisory to the state fire marshal.

(f) The state fire marshal shall adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section.

(g) As used in this section:

(1) "Assisted living facility" shall have the meaning ascribed thereto in K.S.A. 39-923, and amendments thereto;

(2) "medical care facility" shall have the meaning ascribed thereto in K.S.A. 65-425, and amendments thereto;

(3) "adult care home" shall have the meaning ascribed thereto in K.S.A. 39-923, and amendments thereto; and

(4) "special hospital" shall have the meaning ascribed thereto in K.S.A. 65-425, and amendments thereto.

History: L. 2007, ch. 177, ยง 27; May 17.


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