PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
(Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-853 WAC, creating new section and amending WAC 246-853-070 and 246-853-080, to establish requirements for a retired active status license for osteopathic physicians and surgeons.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.130.250, 18.57.005, 18.130.050, 43.70.280.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board of osteopathic medicine and surgery (board) was petitioned by the Osteopathic Medical Association to implement rules regarding a retired active status license. The board granted the petition at their May 29, 2009, meeting. The board will consider implementing rules for a retired active status license, including continuing education requirements. The retired active status would allow volunteer osteopathic physicians to provide needed services.
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. Interested persons can participate in the rule process through meetings and by submitting written comments. Interested parties are encouraged to join our listserv which can be accessed at http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Professions/Osteopath/default.htm or by contacting Erin Obenland, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone (360) 236-4945, fax (360) 236-2406, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 22, 2010
Blake T. Maresh