WSR 99-04-050

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed January 28, 1999, 1:15 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Establishing new antitrust review fees in chapter 246-25 WAC (formerly chapter 245-02 WAC).

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.72.310.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In 1997, the legislature transferred both rule-making authority for antitrust reviews and the authority to enforce and administer rules. The department is given the authority to develop a fee schedule that will defray reasonable costs of the review or monitoring activities.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Department of Health is the licensing agency for health care facilities and providers. Program staff maintain an active interested parties list. All affected parties will receive information regarding meetings and opportunities to contribute to the rule-making process.

Process for Developing New Rule: Program staff will hold meetings with constituents and send informational mailings to elicit concerns and comments during the rule-making process.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Janis Sigman, Certificate of Need Program, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone (360) 705-6632, fax (360) 705-6654, e-mail jrs0303@doh.wa.gov.

January 27, 1999

K. Van Gorkom

Deputy Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office