Minimum construction standards for hospitals, 51.50
INSPECTIONS AND APPEALS DEPARTMENT
Adopted and Filed
Rule making related to minimum construction standards for hospitals
The Inspections and Appeals Department hereby amends Chapter 51, "Hospitals," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 10A.104(5) and 135B.7.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code sections 10A.104(5) and 135B.7.
Purpose and Summary
This rule making adopts by reference the 2018 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals provided by the Facility Guidelines Institute as the minimum construction standards for hospitals and off-site premises licensed under Iowa Code chapter 135B.
Public Comment and Changes to Rule Making
Notice of Intended Action was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on August 1, 2018, as ARC 3918C. No public comments were received. No changes from the Notice have been made.
Adoption of Rule Making
The amendment was approved by the Hospital Licensing Board at its June 21, 2018, meeting. The State Board of Health initially reviewed the proposed amendment at its July 11, 2018, meeting, and approved the amendment at its September 12, 2018, meeting. This rule making was adopted by the Department on September 12, 2018.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 481—Chapter 6.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
This rule making will become effective on November 14, 2018.
The following rule-making action is adopted:
Amend rule 481—51.50(135B) as follows:
481—51.50(135B) Minimum standards for construction.
51.50(1) Minimum standards. Hospitals and off-site premises licensed under this chapter shall be built in accordance with the following construction standards.
a. Construction shall be in accordance with the standards set forth in the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities, 2014 edition, produced, 2018 edition, published by the Facility Guidelines Institute.
b. A critical access hospital as defined in rule 481—51.1(135B) shall meet the standards for construction set forth in Part 2.4 of the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities, 2014 edition, produced by the Facility Guidelines Institute.
c. b.Existing hospitals, critical access hospitals, and off-site premises built in compliance with prior editions of the hospital construction guidelines will be deemed in compliance with subsequent regulations, with the exception of any new structural renovations, additions, functional alterations, or changes in utilization to existing facilities, which shall meet the standards specified in this subrule.
d. c.The design and construction of a hospital or off-site premises shall be in conformance with the provisions of 661—Chapter 205.
e. d.In jurisdictions without a local building code enforcement program, the construction shall be in conformance with the state building code, as authorized by Iowa Code section 103A.7, in effect at the time of plan submittal for review and approval. In jurisdictions with a local building code enforcement program, local building code enforcement must include both the adoption and enforcement of a local building code through plan reviews and inspections.
e.In any case in which an applicable requirement of 661—Chapter 205 is inconsistent with an applicable requirement of the state building code, the hospital or off-site premises shall be deemed to be in compliance with the state building code requirement if the requirement of 661—Chapter 205 is met.
51.50(2) No change.
51.50(3) Variances. The director of the department may grant variances to building and construction guidelines as contained in the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities, 2014 edition, 2018 edition. The hospital or off-site premises must submit a variance request in writing to the director. The request must demonstrate how patient safety and the quality of care offered will not be compromised by the variance. The facility must demonstrate its ability to completely fulfill all other requirements of the service. The director shall make a written determination of the request. In determining whether a variance request shall be granted, the director shall give consideration to the following conditions and to any other conditions the director deems relevant:
a. to f. No change.
[Filed 9/12/18, effective 11/14/18]
Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 10/10/18.