WSR 02-10-139

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed May 1, 2002, 11:51 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: New WAC 388-543-1225 Provider requirements, possible other related rules in chapter 388-543 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.530.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is establishing a new section in chapter 388-543 WAC (WAC 388-543-1225) to establish in rule specific requirements for providers who furnish items under the department's durable medical equipment program. The new section includes documentation requirements. These requirements are in addition to the general documentation requirements for providers that are listed in WAC 388-502-0020. The rules are necessary to ensure providers maintain adequate documentation of items supplied to clients; this will assist the department's utilization reviews, which contribute to the maintenance of fiscal responsibility.

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 the proposed WAC. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained by contacting the person listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Ann Myers, Regulatory Improvement, Medical Assistance Administration, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, phone (360) 725-1345, fax (360) 586-9727, e-mail myersea@dshs.wa.gov.

May 1, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office