WSR 10-21-098

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Medical Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed October 20, 2010, 9:45 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 09-14-114.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-919-430 (physicians) general requirements and 246-918-172 (physician assistants) creating a new section for renewal general requirements.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, Point Plaza East, Room 153, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, on November 23, 2010, at 9:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 23, 2010.

Submit Written Comments to: Julie Kitten, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, web site http://www3.doh.wa.gov/policyreview/, fax (360) 236-2795, by November 10, 2010.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Julie Kitten by November 10, 2010, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The medical quality assurance commission is proposing amending the physician rules and creating a new section in the physician assistant rules to obtain additional information at the time of renewal. This may include board certification and type, current practice setting (i.e., group, solo, hospital), and current practice specialty or interest (i.e., cosmetic surgery, orthopedic, family practice).

Reasons Supporting Proposal: This information may be needed to identify underserved areas and medical trends, to assess provider resources for emergency planning, and to develop rules and policies promoting quality health care.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.71.017, 18.71A.020.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.71.050(2), 18.71A.020.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of health, medical quality assurance commission, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Julie Kitten, 243 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-2757; Implementation and Enforcement: Maryella Jansen, 243 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-2755.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rules would not impose any costs on businesses in an industry.

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Julie Kitten, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, phone (360) 236-2757, fax (360) 236-2795, e-mail julie.kitten@doh.wa.gov.

October 20, 2010

Maryella E. Jansen

Executive Director

OTS-3178.5


NEW SECTION
WAC 246-918-172   Renewal general requirements.   Licensed physician assistants shall submit information about their current professional practice at the time of renewal. This information may include practice setting, medical specialty, or other relevant data. The commission will implement this requirement when resources become available and will notify licensees at the time of renewal.

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OTS-3179.6


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-23-090, filed 11/16/99, effective 1/1/00)

WAC 246-919-430   Renewal general requirements.   (1) Licensed physicians must complete two hundred hours of continuing education every four years as required in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 7.

(2) In lieu of the two hundred hours of continuing medical education, the commission will accept a current Physician's Recognition Award from the American Medical Association or a current certificate from any specialty board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) which is considered by the specialty board as equivalent to the two hundred hours of continuing medical education required under WAC 246-919-430(1). The commission will also accept certification or recertification by a specialty board as the equivalent of two hundred hours of continuing medical education. A list of the approved specialty boards are designated in the 1995 Official American Boards of Medical Specialty Director of Board Certified Medical Specialist and will be maintained by the commission. The list shall be made available upon request. The certification or recertification must be obtained in the four years preceding application for renewal.

(3) Licensed physicians shall submit information about their current professional practice at the time of renewal. This information may include practice setting, medical specialty, board certification, or other relevant data. The commission will implement this requirement when resources become available and will notify licensees at the time of renewal.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.71.017, 18.130.050(1), 18.130.040(4), 18.130.050(12) and 18.130.340. 99-23-090, 246-919-430, filed 11/16/99, effective 1/1/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. 98-05-060, 246-919-430, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.71.017 and 18.71A.020. 96-03-073, 246-919-430, filed 1/17/96, effective 2/17/96.]

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