WSR 99-06-093

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed March 3, 1999, 9:24 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: Fees and renewal cycle.

Purpose: This rule outlines the fees and renewal cycle related to the profession of physician assistant.

Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-918-990.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.71.017.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.71A.020(3).

Summary: During the 1998 legislative session, the legislature determined physician assistants are to pay the substance abuse monitoring surcharge of $25.00 for each license application and $25.00 per year on each license renewal. The legislation became effective June 10, 1998. The amendment to this rule will include the surcharge.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The surcharge will fund physician assistant participation in the Washington physicians health program, giving physician assistants a confidential conduit for access to assessment and effective treatment for impairment.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Susan Anthony, Licensing Program Manager, 1300 S.E. Quince Street, Olympia, (360) 236-4787; Implementation: Beverly Teeter, Administrator, 1300 S.E. Quince Street, Olympia, (360) 236-4788; and Enforcement: Bonnie King, Executive Director, 1300 S.E. Quince Street, Olympia, (360) 236-4789.

Name of Proponent: Medical Quality Assurance Commission and Department of Health, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: During the 1998 legislative session, the legislature determined physician assistants are to pay the substance abuse monitoring surcharge of $25.00 for each license application and $25.00 per year on each license renewal. The legislation became effective June 10, 1998. The amendment to this rule will include the surcharge.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The surcharge will fund physician assistant participation in the Washington physicians health program, giving physician assistants a confidential conduit for access to assessment and effective treatment for impairment.

A small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

Small Business Economic Impact Statement

Individual providers qualify as small businesses since less than fifty people are employed. Since most providers qualify as small businesses, there is no disproportionate impact to small businesses. When there is no disproportionate impact, mitigation is not necessary.

An estimated one hundred fifty individuals obtaining initial credentials and an estimated 1082 credentialed providers will have to comply with the requirements of these rules.

Public involvement will be solicited from interested parties and licensees with an article in the Medical Quality Assurance Commission UPDATE! publication.

Opportunity for written and oral comments will also be provided during the public hearing to be held January 22, 1999.

A copy of the statement may be obtained by writing to Susan Anthony, Licensing Program Manager, Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, phone (360) 236-4787, fax (360) 586-4787.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. Fee set pursuant to legislative standards.

Hearing Location: Seattle Airport Hilton, 17620 Pacific Highway South, Seattle, WA 98188, on April 16, 1999, at 1:30 p.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Susan Anthony by April 9, 1999, at TDD (800) 833-6388, or fax (360) 586-4573.

Submit Written Comments to: Susan Anthony, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, fax (360) 586-4573, by April 9, 1999.

Date of Intended Adoption: April 16, 1999.

February 22, 1999

Bonnie L. King

Executive Director

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-05-060, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98)

WAC 246-918-990
Fees and renewal cycle.

(1) Licenses must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.

(2) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged:


Title of FeeFee
Physician's assistants, certified physician assistants, physician assistant-surgical assistants, acupuncture physician assistants:
Application$50.00
Renewal35.00
Substance abuse monitoring surcharge25.00
Expired license reissuance35.00
Duplicate license15.00

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280.  98-05-060, 246-918-990, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98.  Statutory Authority: RCW 18.71.017 and 18.71A.020.  96-03-073, 246-918-990, filed 1/17/96, effective 2/17/96.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040.  91-06-027 (Order 131), 246-918-990, filed 2/26/91, effective 3/29/91.]

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