WSR 10-05-029

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Medical Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed February 9, 2010, 9:52 a.m. , effective February 11, 2010 ]


Effective Date of Rule: February 11, 2010.

Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: The earlier effective date is necessary due to the impact to the public's access to health care, RCW 34.05.380 (3)(c).

Purpose: WAC 246-919-396 Physicians and 246-918-075 Physician assistants, these rules provide for a background check temporary practice permit to be issued to an applicant for a physician or physician assistant license while a fingerprint-based national background check is completed. The permanent rules will replace the emergency rules adopted October 13, 2009.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.130.064 and 18.130.075.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 09-24-113 on December 2, 2009.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: February 9, 2010.

Maryella E. Jansen

Executive Director

OTS-2449.5


NEW SECTION
WAC 246-918-075   Background check -- Temporary practice permit.   The medical quality assurance commission (MQAC) conducts background checks on applicants to assure safe patient care. Completion of a national criminal background check may require additional time. The MQAC may issue a temporary practice permit when the applicant has met all other licensure requirements, except the national criminal background check requirement. The applicant must not be subject to denial of a license or issuance of a conditional license under this chapter.

(1) If there are no violations identified in the Washington criminal background check and the applicant meets all other licensure conditions, including receipt by the department of health of a completed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint card, the MQAC may issue a temporary practice permit allowing time to complete the national criminal background check requirements.

The MQAC will issue a temporary practice permit that is valid for six months. A one time extension of six months will be granted if the national background check report has not been received by the MQAC.

(2) The temporary practice permit allows the applicant to work in the state of Washington as a physician assistant during the time period specified on the permit. The temporary practice permit is a license to practice medicine as a physician assistant.

(3) The MQAC issues a license after it receives the national background check report if the report is negative and the applicant otherwise meets the requirements for a license.

(4) The temporary practice permit is no longer valid after the license is issued or action is taken on the application because of the background check.

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OTS-2450.5


NEW SECTION
WAC 246-919-396   Background check -- Temporary practice permit.   The medical quality assurance commission (MQAC) conducts background checks on applicants to assure safe patient care. Completion of a national criminal background check may require additional time. The MQAC may issue a temporary practice permit when the applicant has met all other licensure requirements, except the national criminal background check requirement. The applicant must not be subject to denial of a license or issuance of a conditional license under this chapter.

(1) If there are no violations identified in the Washington criminal background check and the applicant meets all other licensure conditions, including receipt by the department of health of a completed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint card, the MQAC may issue a temporary practice permit allowing time to complete the national criminal background check requirements.

The MQAC will issue a temporary practice permit that is valid for six months. A one time extension of six months will be granted if the national background check report has not been received by the MQAC.

(2) The temporary practice permit allows the applicant to work in the state of Washington as a physician during the time period specified on the permit. The temporary practice permit is a license to practice medicine.

(3) The MQAC issues a license after it receives the national background check report if the report is negative and the applicant otherwise meets the requirements for a license.

(4) The temporary practice permit is no longer valid after the license is issued or action is taken on the application because of the background check.

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