WSR 09-10-081




[ Filed May 5, 2009, 4:36 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The subject of this rule making is the implementation of two health technology clinical committee (HTCC) coverage determinations. This rule would establish a definition and criteria for a structured intensive multidisciplinary pain program (SIMP) and establish who is eligible for certain lumbar fusions or implantation of an artificial disc. In addition, this rule making will clarify that the lumbar Charite artificial disc is a covered device by deleting current language in WAC 296-20-03002 that lists it as a noncovered device.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.14.120, 51.04.020, and 51.04.030.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: New rules are necessary to implement the lumbar fusion and artificial disc determinations made by the statutory HTCC committee. According to RCW 70.14.120, the department must comply with HTCC coverage decisions. The rule will specify the HTCC coverage determinations by defining the SIMP and what requirements need to be fulfilled for a "successful SIMP," and establish who is eligible for certain lumbar fusions or an artificial disc.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Three state agency programs must comply with the HTCC determination: The health care authority's uniform medical plan, department of social and health services' health and recovery services administration, and the department of labor and industries' workers' compensation program under Title 51 RCW. To the extent possible, these agencies are making their coverage policies similar; however, Washington workers' compensation benefits are governed by Title 51 RCW, Washington's Industrial Insurance Act. The specifics of the coverage decision will be limited by what is covered under Title 51 RCW. No other state or federal agencies are responsible for interpreting and enforcing the provisions of this act.

Process for Developing New Rule: The rule will be developed in consultation with major stakeholders and other interested parties: The workers' compensation advisory committee, health technology clinical committee, industrial insurance medical advisory committee, and the state's agency medical director's group.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jami Lifka, Department of Labor and Industries, Office of the Medical Director, P.O. Box 44321, Olympia, WA 98504-4321, phone (360) 902-4941 or fax (360) 902-6315.

May 5, 2009

Judy Schurke


Washington State Code Reviser's Office