WSR 05-14-145



(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed July 5, 2005, 4:23 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-550-2800 Inpatient payment methods and limits.

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: To comply with the requirements of the 2005 legislature, the department is adopting separate base community psychiatric hospital payment rates for Medicaid and non-Medicaid clients (section 204, chapter 518, Laws of 2005, (ESSB 6090)). In addition, the department is adding certain newborn screening tests to the newborn metabolic screening panel, listing the specific disorders the screening tests can detect, and clarifying that the department pays hospitals an additional flat fee to cover the cost of the tests. The acute physical medicine and rehabilitation (Acute PM&R) Level B program in a hospital facility no longer exists and the department is removing this language.

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

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 Kathy Sayre, Rules Program Manager, P.O. Box 45533, Medical Assistance Administration, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail

July 1, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office