WSR 00-19-049



(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed September 14, 2000, 4:41 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending WAC 388-550-1050 Definitions, 388-550-1100 Hospital coverage, 388-550-1400 Covered revenue codes for hospital services, 388-550-1700 Hospital services -- Prior approval, 388-550-2600 Inpatient psychiatric services, 388-550-2900 Payment limits -- Inpatient hospital services, 388-550-3600 Payment -- Hospital transfers, 388-550-4300 Payment -- Exempt hospitals, 388-550-4400 Services -- Exempt from DRG payment and 388-550-5900 Prior authorization -- Outpatient services; repealing WAC 388-550-2700 Substance abuse detoxification services; and possible other related rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090; 42 U.S.C. 1395x(v); 42 C.F.R. 447.271, .11303, and .2652.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rewrite is to ensure MAA's administrative code reflects current policy and practice and coordinates with policies of Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and the Mental Health Division of the department.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Interested parties from Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and the Mental Health Division are participating in the agency's process to adopt these rules.

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

September 14, 2000

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office