WSR 06-19-107

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery)

[ Filed September 20, 2006, 9:52 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 99-13-020.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The proposed rule adds a new section to chapter 246-853 WAC. The new section is titled, WAC 246-853-085 Approved colleges and schools of osteopathic medicine and surgery.

Hearing Location(s): St. Francis Hospital, 34515 9th Avenue S., Federal Way, WA 98003, on November 17, 2006, at 9:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 17, 2006.

Submit Written Comments to: Arlene Robertson, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, web site http://www3.doh.wa.gov/policyreview/, fax (360) 236-2406, by November 10, 2006.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Arlene Robertson by November 10, 2006, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The board of osteopathic medicine and surgery (board) has the authority to approve schools for licensure requirements. Currently, there are no enforceable standards that identify criteria for approving these schools. However, the board does have a list of schools accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation that was approved by the board in April 1978. The proposed rule will establish enforceable standards and identify schools considered approved by the board.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Currently, there are no enforceable standards for approving schools of osteopathic medicine. The proposed rule will clearly define that all schools accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation are approved by the board. The American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation is the only accrediting agency for schools of osteopathic medicine.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.57.005, 18.57.020.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 18.57 RCW.

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

Name of Proponent: Board of osteopathic medicine and surgery, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Arlene Robertson, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4945.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rules apply to applicants for licensure only. The department did not complete a small business economic impact statement under RCW 19.85.030(1) because the rule does not impose costs to businesses within an industry.

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Arlene Robertson, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, phone (360) 236-4945, fax (360) 236-2406, e-mail arlene.robertson@doh.wa.gov. The rule is not significant because it relates to application requirements for osteopathic physicians.

September 18, 2006

Blake T. Maresh

Executive Director

OTS-8759.1


NEW SECTION
WAC 246-853-085   Approved colleges and schools of osteopathic medicine and surgery.   For the purposes of meeting the qualifications under RCW 18.57.020, the board approves those colleges or schools of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

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