WSR 02-03-092

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed January 18, 2002, 3:55 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-550 WAC, Hospital services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.09.500.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The hospital services chapter in WAC is being revised to ensure MAA's administrative code reflects current policy and practice, and is consistent with policies of the Mental Health Division of DSHS.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Interested parties from 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 rule. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed 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, Rules and Publications, Medical Assistance Administration, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail sayrek@dshs.wa.gov.

January 17, 2002

Bonnie H. Jacques

for Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office