West Virginia Code
Neonatal abstinence centers are a distinct type of medical facility, providing unique medical services in the state. Neonatal abstinence centers may provide treatment for infants under one year of age suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, including, but not limited to, the following services:
(1) Administration of medications;
(2) Pain management;
(3) Scoring, analysis and monitoring of symptoms;
(4) Nursing care;
(5) Plan of care;
(6) Therapeutic handling;
(7) Nutrition management;
(8) Doctor visits; and
(9) Parental training.
(a) The secretary shall promulgate emergency rules pursuant to the provisions of section fifteen, article three, chapter twenty-two of this code to carry out the purpose of this article. These rules shall include at a minimum:
(1) Licensing procedures for neonatal abstinence centers. These procedures shall be in place by July 1, 2015;
(2) The minimum standards of operation for neonatal abstinence facilities including the following:
(A) Minimum numbers of administrators, medical directors, nurses, aides and other personnel according to the occupancy of the facility;
(B) Qualifications of facility's administrators, medical directors, nurses, aides and other personnel;
(C) Safety requirements;
(D) Sanitation requirements;
(E) Therapeutic services to be provided;
(F) Medical records;
(G) Pharmacy services;
(H) Nursing services;
(I) Medical services;
(J) Physical facility;
(K) Visitation privileges; and
(L) Admission, transfer and discharge policies.
(b) The provisions of the rules promulgated pursuant to this section shall apply only to those facilities regulated pursuant to section five, article two-d of this chapter and shall not apply to a hospital-based acute care unit.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, the Health Care Authority shall consider neonatal abstinence services provided in neonatal abstinence care centers as a unique and distinct medical service in conducting a certificate of need review.