WSR 05-20-082

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed October 4, 2005, 4:24 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-550-2598 Critical access hospital (CAH) program.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090, 74.09.5225.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Health and Recovery Services Administration is amending this rule to clarify that the department uses both the encounter data and fee-for-service data to set prospective department-weighted costs-to-charges (DWCC) rates.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: This rule corresponds and will be coordinated with other CAH rules that regulate parts of the CAH program that have been established by Department of Health, Aging and Disability Services Administration of Department of Social and Health Services, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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, Medical Assistance Administration, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail sayrek@dshs.wa.gov.

October 3, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office