WSR 17-21-018
[Filed October 9, 2017, 9:59 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-976-420 Trauma registryDepartment responsibilities and 246-976-430 Trauma registryProvider responsibilities, the department of health (department) is considering amendments to update rules to improve data quality, better align with trauma.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.168.050 and 70.168.090.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: WAC 246-976-420 and 246-976-430 were last updated in 2014. Since then several changes have occurred that may require rule revisions. The department is considering updating rules to: (1) More closely align with the national trauma data standards; (2) improve alignment with the new registry collection software (Collector V5) that allows for changes in the international classification of disease (ICD-10); (3) remove outdated or unnecessary data elements; and (4) add new data elements to improve data quality and overall trauma system evaluation. It is anticipated that the rule amendments being considered will benefit the public's health by ensuring participating providers will collect and report trauma data based on current industry standards culminating in stronger trauma system assessment for Washington state.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
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 Tim Orcutt, P.O. Box 47853, Olympia, WA 98504-7853, phone 360-236-2874, TTY 360-833-6388 or 711, email, web site see additional comments.
Additional comments: Interested parties may participate in the development of draft rules prior to a formal proposal by joining the trauma program listserv, attending workshops, and providing input on draft and proposed materials. Interested parties may receive information on how to participate by contacting Tim Orcutt, Nurse Advisor, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47853, Olympia, WA 98504-7853, phone 360-236-2874, fax 360-236-2830, e-mail For further information
October 6, 2017
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH