WSR 07-03-150

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Medical Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed January 23, 2007, 3:59 p.m. , effective February 23, 2007 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: WAC 246-919-615 Delegation of authority to initiate investigations (physicians) and 246-918-010 Delegation of authority to initiate investigations (physician assistants). The rule pertains to delegation of authority to the department of health staff and one clinical member of the commission to initiate investigations after complaints have been assessed.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.71.017 and 18.71A.020.

Other Authority: RCW 18.130.050(12), 18.130.080.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-21-107 on October 17, 2006.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: December 1, 2006.

Blake T. Maresh

Executive Director

OTS-9044.1


NEW SECTION

WAC 246-919-615   Delegation of authority to initiate investigations.   The commission delegates to a case management team the authority to initiate an investigation when the commission or the department receives information, by means of a complaint or otherwise, that a licensee may have engaged in unprofessional conduct or may be unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety by reason of a mental or physical condition. The case management team will consist of, at a minimum, a commission member licensed under chapter 18.71 or 18.71A RCW, the executive director or his or her designee, an investigator and a staff attorney.

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OTS-9043.2


NEW SECTION

WAC 246-918-010   Delegation of authority to initiate investigations.   The commission delegates to a case management team the authority to initiate an investigation when the commission or the department receives information that a licensee may have engaged in unprofessional conduct or may be unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety by reason of a mental or physical condition. The case management team will consist of, at a minimum, a commission member licensed under chapter 18.71 or 18.71A RCW, the executive director or his or her designee, an investigator and a staff attorney.

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