WSR 05-11-029

ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE


[ Filed May 10, 2005, 2:57 p.m. ]


NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OPINION

WASHINGTON ATTORNEY GENERAL



The Washington Attorney General issues formal published opinions in response to requests by the heads of state agencies, state legislators, and county prosecuting attorneys. When it appears that individuals outside the Attorney General's Office have information or expertise that will assist in the preparation of a particular opinion, a summary of that opinion request will be published in the state register. If you are interested in commenting on a request listed in this volume of the register, you should notify the Attorney General's Office of your interest by June 8, 2005. This is not the due date by which comments must be received. However, if you do not notify the Attorney General's Office of your interest in commenting on an opinion request by this date, the opinion may be issued before your comments have been received. You may notify the Attorney General's Office of your intention to comment by calling (360) 664-3027, or by writing to the Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-0100. When you notify the office of your intention to comment, you will be provided with a copy of the opinion request in which you are interested; information about the Attorney General's Opinion process; information on how to submit your comments; and a due date by which your comments must be received to ensure that they are fully considered.

The Attorney General's Office seeks public input on the following opinion request(s).


05-05-01 Request by Eileen Cody
State Representative, 34th District

1. Does RCW 19.68 prohibit a referring physician licensed to practice in Washington from charging a patient or insurer for diagnostic or screening services performed or supervised by a pathologist on that patient's tissue specimen an amount greater than the pathologist charged the referring physician for those services - where the pathologist is neither employed nor supervised by the referring physician?


2. Does RCW 19.68 prohibit a referring physician licensed to practice in Washington from sending a bill to a patient or insurer for diagnostic or screening services performed or supervised by an independently practicing pathologist on that patient's tissue specimen - even if the referring physician does not mark up the charges of the pathologist?

Washington State Code Reviser's Office