WSR 03-15-124

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed July 22, 2003, 2:57 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-533 WAC, Maternity-related services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.760 through 74.09.910 (Maternity Care Access Act of 1989).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Maternity services and the First Steps program are being redesigned to provide services based on need, reduce expenditure growth, and improve quality of care.

Changes Include: Changing eligibility criteria for infant case management; defining core services; changing codes and time limits for billings units; integrating Maternity Case Management (MCM) into Maternity Support Services (MCS); and creating a separate rule for Childbirth Education.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: United States Department of Health and Human Services and Washington State Department of Health. The workgroup will include representatives from the Washington State Department of Health.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of this rule. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below.

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

July 17, 2003

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser 

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