WSR 07-14-051

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed June 28, 2007, 9:26 a.m. , effective August 1, 2007 ]


Effective Date of Rule: August 1, 2007.

Purpose: The department is amending this WAC to incorporate the results of the Navigant Study. The health and recovery services administration (HRSA) is clarifying and updating existing rules and adopting new rules to describe policy regarding the department's hospital services coverage, rate-setting methods, and payment methods, based on recommendations made in the Navigant Study and supported by the state legislature. In addition, the proposed rules replace "medical assistance administration (MAA)" with "the department," and update and clarify other language. Hospitals providing services to medical assistance clients will be able to use the rules to understand the policy, services provided, and the rate-setting and payment methods in the new inpatient payment system.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-550-3100, 388-550-3150, 388-550-3250, 388-550-3450, 388-550-3600, 388-550-3700, 388-550-3800, 388-550-3900, 388-550-4000, 388-550-4100, 388-550-4200, 388-550-4300, 388-550-4400, 388-550-4500, 388-550-4800, and 388-550-6700.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.500.

Other Authority: Chapter 518, Laws of 2005, (ESSB 6090) recommended that a study be done by Navigant to look at the department's inpatient payment system and include recommendations on the design.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 07-10-095, 07-10-096, 07-10-097, 07-10-098, 07-10-099, and 07-10-100 on May 1, 2007.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: See Reviser's Note below.

A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Larry Linn, P.O. Box 45510, Olympia, WA 98504-5510, phone (360) 725-1856, fax (360) 753-9152, e-mail linnld@dshs.wa.gov.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 4, Amended 16, Repealed 0.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 4, Amended 16, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: June 25, 2007.

Robin Arnold-Williams

Secretary

Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 07-16 issue of the Register.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office