WSR 14-07-015
(Washington Apple Health)
[Filed March 6, 2014, 3:53 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: New sections in chapter 182-550 WAC, Hospital services, for hospital safety net assessments; and other rules as appropriate.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.05.021, chapter 74.60 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The health care authority (HCA) is implementing a safety net assessment on certain Washington hospitals. HCA will use the assessment solely to augment funding from all other sources and thereby obtain additional funds to restore recent reductions and to support additional payments to hospitals for medicaid services. The hospital safety net assessment and hospital safety net assessment fund will allow the state to generate additional federal financial participation for the medicaid program and provide for increased reimbursement to hospitals. During the course of this review, HCA may identify additional changes that are required in order to improve clarity or update policy.
Process for Developing New Rule: HCA welcomes the public to take part in developing this rule. If interested, contact the person identified below to receive an early rule draft to review. After the early review, HCA will send a notice of proposed rule making (CR-102) to everyone receiving this notice and anyone who requests a copy.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jason Crabbe, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, phone (360) 725-1346, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail
March 6, 2014
Kevin M. Sullivan
Rules Coordinator