PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
(Medical Quality Assurance Commission)
[Filed September 17, 2019, 10:06 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-919-XXX Allopathic physicians and 246-918-XXX Allopathic physician assistants, the Washington medical commission (commission) is considering creating new rule sections to regulate the use of telemedicine.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The commission will consider rule making to address the practice of physicians and physician assistants engaging in telemedicine with Washington patients. Possible subjects the commission may address are: What, if any requirements for licensure; recordkeeping requirements; establishing a patient-practitioner relationship; prescribing issues; and standard of care. Regulating the use of telemedicine would place the commission in an active patient safety role.
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 Amelia Boyd, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, phone 360-236-2727, TTY 360-833-6388 or 711, email firstname.lastname@example.org, web site wmc.wa.gov.
Additional comments: To join the interested parties email list, please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOH/subscriber/new?topic_id=WADOH_153.
September 13, 2019
Melanie de Leon