WSR 05-19-120

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed September 20, 2005, 4:21 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Home health services sections and possible new sections in chapter 388-551 WAC. (Note: This preproposal statement of inquiry replaces the one filed as WSR 04-02-061 on January 6, 2004.)

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is amending these rules to update and clarify current program policy and establish a tiered health care plan that includes a continuum of home health care for medical assistance clients.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department will coordinate the rule-making process for the proposed rule with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure compliance with federal regulations.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of these rules. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained by contacting 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, Health and Recovery Services Administration, Mailstop 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9726, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail sayrek@dshs.wa.gov.

September 19, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office