WSR 98-07-078

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

(Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery)

[Filed March 17, 1998, 4:27 p.m.]



Subject of Possible Rule Making: Revise the qualifications for physician assistants to obtain prescriptive authority; modify types of drugs that may be prescribed

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.57A.020

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: There is a discrepancy between physician assistants supervised by M.D.s and D.O.s. This can result in inconsistency of medications prescribed to patients, particularly in group practices

Process for Developing New Rule: Mail information to interested parties and gather comment during board meeting

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Arlene Robertson, Program Manager, Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, P.O. Box 47870, Olympia, WA 98504-7870, phone (360) 664-3722, FAX (360) 586-0745. The public and licensees may submit written comments or attend regular board meetings that this issue is on the agenda for discussion

February 2, 1998

Arlene Robertson

Program Manager

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