WSR 05-17-140

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed August 19, 2005, 4:14 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-529 WAC, Scope of medical services; chapter 388-501 WAC, Administration of medical programs -- General; chapter 388-500 WAC, Medical definitions; and possibly other WAC sections in chapters 388-530, 388-533, 388-531, 388-535, 388-538, 388-535A, 388-540, 388-543, 388-544, 388-546, 388-550, 388-551, and 388-554 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090, 74.09.530, and 74.09.700.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is amending these rules to clarify and correct inaccurate, outdated, and/or inconsistent statements of policy regarding medical services covered under department medical programs; to correct obsolete WAC cross references; and update medical definitions and decision making.

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 Kevin Sullivan, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, phone (360) 725-1344, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail sullikm@dshs.wa.gov.

August 19, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office