July 20, 2012_NH "Dear Administrator" Letters

July 20, 2012

ADSA: NH #2012-007    

Dear Nursing Facility/Home Administrator:

As you may recall, in June of 2011, we sent a letter informing you that Substitute House Bill 1315 (SHB 1315), an act relating to employment of physicians by nursing homes, was signed into law.  To briefly summarize, the law allows nursing homes to employ physicians to provide professional services to nursing home residents or residents of a related living facility under certain circumstances.  

The Department is required by law to submit a report to the legislature on consumer satisfaction and medical cost implications.  If you chose to hire physicians in accordance with SHB 1315, please submit the following information via email to Lisa Yanagida at yanagln2@dshs.wa.gov by August 6, 2012:   

  • Hire date;
  • End date (if applicable);
  • Total capacity of your facility; and
  • The number of residents who have chosen to be served by the hired physician.

To read SHB 1315, please see the following link:

If you have any questions about this letter, please contact Lisa Yanagida at  (360) 725-2589 or email at yanagln2@dshs.wa.gov.


Joyce Pashley Stockwell, Director
Residential Care Services