SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: These rules develop reimbursement rules and define the requirements that must be met for a reimbursable skilled nursing visit when services are rendered without a face-to-face visit and are assisted by telemedicine.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-551-2000, 388-551-2010, 388-551-2020, 388-551-2030, 388-551-2100, 388-551-2110, 388-551-2120, 388-551-2130, 388-551-2200, 388-551-2210, and 388-551-2220.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090, chapter 74.09 RCW, and chapter 326, Laws of 2009 (SHB 1529).
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.
Reasons for this Finding: Amendments to these sections are required to implement chapter 326, Laws of 2009 (SHB 1529) which authorizes delivery of home health care services through telemedicine. This emergency filing is necessary to continue the emergency rules filed as WSR 10-02-041 on December 30, 2009. The permanent rules have been submitted for final adoption.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 11, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 11, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: April 30, 2010.
Katherine I. Vasquez
Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 10-11 issue of the Register.