WSR 07-20-100

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed October 2, 2007, 11:28 a.m. , effective November 2, 2007 ]


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

Purpose: This proposal will clarify when a health care assistant who leaves a specific facility/practitioner and more than two years later returns to this same facility/practitioner, that they will not be required to pay the expired credential reissuance fee or the late renewal fee as long as they hold an active credential with another facility/practitioner.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 246-826-990.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.135.030.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 07-14-133 on July 3, 2007.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: October 2, 2007.

Mary C. Selecky

Secretary

OTS-9734.6


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 05-12-012, filed 5/20/05, effective 7/1/05)

WAC 246-826-990   Health care assistant fees and renewal cycle.   (1) Certificates must be renewed every two years as provided in WAC 246-826-050 and chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2. The secretary may require payment of renewal fees less than those established in this section if the current level of fees is likely to result in a surplus of funds. Surplus funds are those in excess of the amount necessary to pay for the costs of administering the program and to maintain a reasonable reserve. Notice of any adjustment in the required payment will be provided to practitioners. The adjustment in the required payment shall remain in place for the duration of a renewal cycle to assure practitioners an equal benefit from the adjustment.

(2) If a health care assistant who holds a current active credential leaves employment with a facility or practitioner and returns to employment with a facility or practitioner that previously employed the health care assistant, and more than two years has passed since that health care assistant's employment with the previous facility or practitioner ended, the health care assistant must complete a new credential application and pay the application fee. However, that health care assistant is not required to pay the late renewal penalty and the expired credential reissuance fee.

(3) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged:


Title of Fee Fee
First certification $60.00
Renewal 60.00
Expired ((certificate)) credential reissuance 50.00
Recertification 60.00
Late renewal penalty 50.00
Duplicate 15.00

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250, [43.70.]280 and 43.70.110. 05-12-012, 246-826-990, filed 5/20/05, effective 7/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250 and 18.135.030. 03-24-071, 246-826-990, filed 12/1/03, effective 3/1/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. 98-05-060, 246-826-990, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. 91-13-002 (Order 173), 246-826-990, filed 6/6/91, effective 7/7/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as 246-826-990, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. 90-04-094 (Order 029), 308-175-140, filed 2/7/90, effective 3/10/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.135.030. 87-23-022 (Order PM 689), 308-175-140, filed 11/12/87.]

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