WSR 16-13-101
[Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2016-17—Filed June 17, 2016, 10:46 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Transfer regulatory authority over independent review organization (IRO) from the department of health (DOH) to the office of insurance commissioner (OIC).
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 48.02.060, 48.43.535, and 43.70.235 as recodified by chapter 139, Laws of 2016.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Passed legislation HB 2326 requires that by January 1, 2017, the regulatory authority over IRO be transferred from DOH to OIC commissioner. The legislation requires that rules be adopted providing procedure and criteria for certifying IROs by taking into consideration rules adopted by DOH that regulate IROs. The rules adopted must require IROs to report decisions and associated information directly to the OIC.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: DOH.
Process for Developing New Rule: Submit written comments by August 5, 2016, to Stacy Middleton, P.O. [Box] 40260, Olympia, WA 98504-0260,, fax (360) 586-3109.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Stacy Middleton, P.O. [Box] 40260, Olympia, WA 98504-0260,, fax (360) 586-3109.
June 17, 2016
Mike Kreidler
Insurance Commissioner