WSR 05-04-082

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed February 1, 2005, 4:26 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-538 WAC, Managed care.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.522.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Various sections of the managed care chapter have been revised or added over the last several years. The Medical Assistance Administration (MAA) is opening the entire chapter to allow for a complete review of all sections simultaneously to assure that all sections are consistent with each other and with other MAA rules. During the course of this review, MAA may identify additional changes that are required in order to improve clarity or to update policy.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates Medicaid managed care programs. DSHS staff work closely with CMS staff via document review to ensure our rule is in compliance with federal regulation.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and comment on draft material. For information about how to participate, contact the person listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Wendy L. Boedigheimer, Rules Program Manager, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, phone (360) 725-1306, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail boediwl@dshs.wa.gov.

January 31, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office