WSR 02-18-098

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed September 3, 2002, 3:26 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-550-2595 Payment methodology and scope of coverage for LTAC services and 388-550-2596 Services and equipment covered by MAA but not included in the LTAC fixed per diem rate.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To add language to clarify that the long term acute care (LTAC) program's fixed per diem rate includes prescription drugs, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) therapy, IV infusion therapy, and/or epogen/neupogen therapy, up to two hundred dollars per day in total allowed charges.

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 proposed WAC amendment. 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, Rules Program Manager, Medical Assistance Administration, Mailstop 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5586, phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9727.

August 29, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office