WSR 99-06-084

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

[ Filed March 2, 1999, 1:54 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-550-2800 Establishing inpatient payment rates, 388-550-2900 Payment limits--Inpatient hospital services, 388-550-3450 Payment method--CBCF calculation, 388-550-3500 Inflation adjustments, 388-550-3900 Border area hospitals payment method, 388-550-4100 New hospitals payment method, and 388-550-4500 Payment method--RCC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.730, 42 USC 1395x(v) and 1396r-4; and 42 CFR 447.271, 42 CFR 11303, and 42 CFR 2652.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Accurately describe changes in how hospital rates are determined.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department will develop these rules using review of each draft by the interested public.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Allen Richards, Regulatory Improvement Program, Medical Assistance Administration, Olympia, Washington 98504-5530, phone (360) 586-1008, fax (360) 753-7315, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail richaa@dshs.wa.gov.

March 2, 1999

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office