WSR 10-01-166

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed December 22, 2009, 12:13 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-540-101 Purpose and scope, 388-540-105 Definitions, 388-540-110 Eligibility, 388-540-120 Provider requirements, 388-540-130 Covered services, 388-540-140 Noncovered services, 388-540-150 Reimbursement -- General, 388-540-160 Items and services included in the composite rate, 388-540-170 Items and services not included in the composite rate, 388-540-180 Laboratory services, 388-540-190 Blood products and services, 388-540-200 Epoetin alpha (EPO) therapy, and 388-540-210 Injectable drugs given in the kidney center; possible other sections pertaining to kidney disease centers.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.510, 74.09.520, 74.09.522, and 42 C.F.R. 405.2101.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is updating and clarifying policy for free-standing kidney centers that provide dialysis and end-stage renal disease services to department clients.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of this rule. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kathy Sayre, Rules Program Manager, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-45504 [98504-5504], phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail sayrek@dshs.wa.gov.

December 22, 2009

Don Goldsby, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office