WSR 04-23-089

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed November 17, 2004, 9:15 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-50 WAC, Coordinated quality improvement program.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.70.510, 70.41.200.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The proposed rule amendments implement the changes established by ESSB 6210, which lowers the number of providers needed to qualify as a health care provider group and adds a new section which restates organizations sharing information with other approved organizations must comply with all applicable state and federal privacy laws. Additional changes include eliminating the reference to the Health Care Policy Board which was abolished in 1996, and clarifying existing rule language of the coordinated quality improvement program.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Approved plan stakeholders, hospital associations, hospice care centers, and applicable state associations will be notified of rule changes and will be asked to recommend rule revisions.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Patti Rathbun, Department of Health, Agency Policy Advisor, P.O. Box 47890, Olympia, WA 98504-7890, phone (360) 236-4627, fax (360) 586-7424, e-mail patti.rathbun@doh.wa.gov; or Jovi Swanson, Department of Health, Policy, Legislative, and Constituent Relations Office, P.O. Box 47890, Olympia, WA 98504-7890, fax (360) 586-7424, phone (360) 236-4028, e-mail jovi.swanson@doh.wa.gov.

November 16, 2004

Mary C. Selecky

Secretary

Legislature Code Reviser 

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office