WSR 08-13-068

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed June 13, 2008, 5:19 p.m. , effective July 1, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: July 1, 2008.

Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: ESSB 5292 requires physical therapist assistants to be licensed, effective July 1, 2008. RCW 43.70.250 requires each profession to be self supporting and requires the secretary to set fees in rule at a sufficient level to defray the cost of the profession. In order for the physical therapist assistants to be licensed, fees need to be collected to implement and administer the profession. RCW 34.05.380 (3)(a) allows rules to be effective in less than thirty-one days of the filing date if such action is required by the statute.

Purpose: The rule details fee amounts for physical therapist assistants' applications, renewals, late renewals, inactive status, expired reactivations and inactive reactivations, duplicate licenses, and verifications. The rule is needed to implement ESSB 5292. RCW 43.70.250 requires these fees to be established in rule. The fees are authorized by the Health Professions and Facility Fees Addendum DOH 2008 in the conference operating budget as referenced in ESHB 2687.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.70.250.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-09-097 on April 21, 2008.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: June 12, 2008.

Mary C. Selecky

Secretary

OTS-1471.1


NEW SECTION
WAC 246-915-99005   Physical therapist assistant fees and renewal cycle.   (1) Licenses must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in 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) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged for physical therapist assistant:


Title of Fee Fee
Application $100.00
License renewal 125.00
Late renewal penalty 62.50
Inactive license renewal 50.00
Expired inactive license reissuance 75.00
Expired license reissuance 75.00
Duplicate license 15.00
Certification 25.00

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