WSR 09-04-071

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed February 2, 2009, 4:50 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: New section in chapter 388-550 WAC; amend possible other sections in chapter 388-550 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.500.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Incorporate into rule definitions for "never events," "present on admission," and "hospital-acquired conditions"; add language regarding the rules for denying and/or paying claims if these events occur.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department is coordinating the rule development with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and department of health (DOH).

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kathy Sayre, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail sayrek@dshs.wa.gov.

February 2, 2009

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office