A. Before a special rehabilitation hospital can provide or hold itself out as providing comprehensive physical rehabilitation services, the special rehabilitation hospital shall:
(1) Except as otherwise provided in this regulation, be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities; and
(2) Meet the standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as set forth in the Medical Rehabilitation Standards Manual, which is incorporated by reference under COMAR 10.07.18.05.
B. Waiver of Accreditation.
(1) To allow a special rehabilitation hospital to achieve accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as required under this regulation, the accreditation requirement shall be waived for any special rehabilitation hospital that has submitted an appropriate application for accreditation.
(2) The waiver under this section shall be effective for not more than 2 years from the later of:
(a) July 1, 1986; or
(b) The date on which the facility begins operations.