WSR 05-17-047

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Medical Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed August 9, 2005, 1:35 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: This proposed rule repeals all rules relating to joint practice arrangements, specifically: WAC 246-919-840 How do advanced registered nurse practitioners qualify for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-IV drugs?, 246-919-841 Criteria for joint practice arrangement, 246-919-842 Endorsement of joint practice arrangements for ARNP licensure, 246-919-843 Process for joint practice arrangement termination, 246-919-844 Seventy-two hour limit, 246-919-845 Education for prescribing Schedule II-IV drugs, and 246-919-846 Jurisdiction.

Hearing Location(s): Medical Quality Assurance Commission Meeting, Holiday Inn Select, One South Grady Way, Renton, WA 98055, on November 18, 2005, at 8:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 18, 2005.

Submit Written Comments to: Beverly A. Thomas, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, rules comment web site http://www3.doh.wa.gov/policyreview/, fax (360) 236-4788, by October 28, 2005.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Beverly A. Thomas by October 21, 2005, TTY (800) 833-6388 or (360) 236-4788.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This proposal will repeal the rules that pertain to joint practice arrangements.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed rules implement 2005 legislation (HB 1479, chapter 28, Laws of 2005) by eliminating the need for advanced registered nurse practitioners to acquire and submit joint practice arrangements in order to receive an endorsement from the department allowing them to prescribe drugs on Schedules II through IV. By eliminating this requirement, the proposed changes will increase consumer access to health care.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.71.017 and 18.130.050(12).

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 28, Laws of 2005.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of Health, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Beverly A. Thomas, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4788.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The department did not conduct a small business [economic] impact statement under RCW 19.85.025 because the chapter does not apply to rules that adopt or incorporate by reference and without material changes Washington state statutes per RCW 34.05.310 (4)(c).

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(iii) because the proposal adopts a Washington state statute by reference and without material changes.

July 14, 2005

Maryella E. Jansen

Deputy Executive Director

OTS-8156.1


REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 246-919-840 How do advanced registered nurse practitioners qualify for prescriptive authority for Schedule II - IV drugs?
WAC 246-919-841 Criteria for joint practice arrangement.
WAC 246-919-842 Endorsement of joint practice arrangements for ARNP licensure.
WAC 246-919-843 Process for joint practice arrangement termination.
WAC 246-919-844 Seventy-two-hour limit.
WAC 246-919-845 Education for prescribing Schedule II - IV drugs.
WAC 246-919-846 Jurisdiction.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office