WSR 06-19-105

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed September 20, 2006, 9:50 a.m. ]


NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF AN INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT


Title of Policy: WAC 246-919-630(5) Sexual misconduct rules clarification.

Issuing Entity: Medical quality assurance commission.

Description: Is a practitioner's ungloved examination of a child a violation of WAC 246-919-630? The medical quality assurance commission does not intend to prohibit conduct that is required for medically recognized diagnostic or treatment purposes if the conduct meets the standard of care appropriate to the diagnostic or treatment situation. The commission interprets WAC 246-919-630 and 246-918-410 as permitting a practitioner to perform an ungloved examination of an infant or a child when clinically appropriate.

Effective Date: August 25, 2006.

Contact Person: Beverly A. Thomas, Program Manager, Health Professions Quality Assurance, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, (360) 236-4788.

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