WSR 05-16-083

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed August 1, 2005, 4:28 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-549 WAC, Rural health clinics.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.510, 74.09.522, 42 C.F.R. 405.2400 - 2472, 491.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Section 702 of the Benefit Improvement and Protection Act (BIPA) of 2000 replaces cost-based reimbursement methodology with Medicaid RHC prospective payment system (PPS). This rule is necessary to implement the federal payment methodology.

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 Wendy L. Boedigheimer, Rules Program Manager, Health and Recovery Services Administration, Office of Rules and Publications, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, phone (360) 725-1306, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail boediwl@dshs.wa.gov.

August 1, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office