WSR 10-13-099



(Dental Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed June 17, 2010, 9:53 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-817 WAC, Pain management, the dental quality assurance commission is amending chapter 246-817 WAC to add new section(s) for management of chronic, noncancer pain.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: ESHB 2876, section 2, chapter 209, Laws of 2010, amending chapter 18.32 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: ESHB 2876, section 2, chapter 209, Laws of 2010, directs the dental quality assurance commission to adopt rules on management of chronic, noncancer pain. The rules must include dosing criteria, guidance on when to seek consultations with pain management specialists, tracking clinical progress, and tracking the use of opioids.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jennifer Santiago, Department of Health, Dental Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone (360) 236-4893, fax (360) 236-2901, Interested stakeholders may sign up for the dental commission's listserv at, or the pain management's listserv at All rule-making notices will be e-mailed to the dental commission's and the pain management's interested parties list (listserv).

June 17, 2010

Blake T. Maresh

Executive Director

Dental Quality

Assurance Commission

Washington State Code Reviser's Office