WSR 09-14-114

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Medical Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed June 30, 2009, 3:45 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-919-430 (physicians) general requirements and WAC 246-918-XXX (physician assistants) creating a new section for general renewal requirements.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.71.017, 18.130.050 and 18.71.430, physicians and physician assistants.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The medical quality assurance commission is considering amending the physician rules and creating a new section in the physician assistant rules to obtain additional information at the time of renewal. This additional information will assist the commission to better protect the public by developing rules or policies for continuing education and standard of care as well as identifying medical specialties, board certification, access to care and medical trends.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Julie Kitten, Program Manager

Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, (360) 236-2757, julie.kitten@doh.wa.gov. The commission will use a collaborative rule-making process that will include public meetings, and sharing drafts with interested parties. Notifications about the rule development will be sent through ListServs.

June 30, 2009

Maryella E. Jansen

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office