WSR 00-08-020

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed March 24, 2000, 3:13 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-545-0500 Physical therapy.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.520, 34 C.F.R. 303.12 (4)(b).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department recently amended this rule to update policy and to comply with the Governor's Executive Order 97-02 on Regulatory Improvement. After the rule became effective, stakeholder comments indicated that certain program requirements listed in WAC 388-545-0500(3) were unclear as to requirement and intent. The department is amending this rule to clarify program requirements for clients provided physical therapy through an early intervention program under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). The amendment will also correct a cross-reference to a repealed WAC section that has been updated and established under a new section.

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 Kathy Sayre, Program Assistance and Support Services, Medical Assistance Administration, Olympia, Washington 98504-5530, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail sayrek@dshs.wa.gov.

March 23, 2000

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office