WSR 99-06-087

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed March 2, 1999, 1:59 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-550-1050 Hospital definitions.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.09.730, 42 U.S.C. 1395x(v) Sec. 1861 Reasonable costs, 42 CFR 447.271 Upper limits based on customary charges, 42 CFR 11303 Funding availability and limitations.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To ensure Medical Assistance Administration's administrative code reflects current policy and practice. The Medical Assistance Administration risks losing federal financial participation (FFP) if these policies are not codified.

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 invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of this WAC. Draft material and information about how to participate are available by contacting the DSHS representative identified below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Allen Richards, Program Assistance and Support Services, 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