WSR 98-01-162

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

(Board of Nursing Home Administrators)

[Filed December 22, 1997, 3:59 p.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-843-220 Complaints and hearing procedures, 246-843-225 Issuance of subpoenas--Administering oaths and affirmations--Ruling when board or hearing panel not in session, and 246-843-340 Adjudicative proceedings.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.52.061.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules need review to determine areas of overlap with the Uniform Disciplinary Act, the Administrative Procedure Act and Department of Health, Health Profession Quality Assurance Division procedures. Rules may need repeal or amendment because they repeat the statute.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Department of Health procedures that cover processing of complaints, the Uniform Disciplinary Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act adequately inform the public about the issues covered by these rules.

Process for Developing New Rule: Development of rules will include public meetings with constituency groups, citizens who are likely users of nursing home facilities, and other state agencies. Mailings will go to interested persons on the mailing list, licensed nursing home administrators and candidates for nursing home administrator license. Development of rules will include public input gathered from interested parties who attend meetings or submit written comments.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Barbara A. hayes, Program Manager, Board of Nursing Home Administrators, P.O. Box 47869, Olympia, WA 98504-7869, phone (360) 664-3245, FAX (360) 664-0412. Public meeting on February 18, 1998, 9 a.m.-noon, Wesley Gardens Board Room, First Floor, 815 South 216th Street, Des Moines, WA.

December 10, 1997

Barbara A. Hayes

Program Manager

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office