WSR 02-23-082

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed November 19, 2002, 4:35 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 00-22-015.

Title of Rule: WAC 388-500-0005 Medical definitions.

Purpose: General updating of definitions of terms used throughout MAA rules (chapters 388-500 through 388-599 WAC). Some definitions have been changed to make them clearer; some terms defined in other MAA rules have been added here because they are used in more than one WAC chapter; while some definitions are altogether new.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.08.090.

Summary: See Purpose above.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: It will give readers a better understanding of the terminology that is used throughout MAA WAC.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Kevin Sullivan, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-5533, (360) 725-1344.

Name of Proponent: Department of Social and Health Services, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: General updating of definitions of terms used throughout MAA rules (chapters 388-500 through 388-599 WAC). Some definitions have been changed to make them clearer; some terms defined in other MAA rules have been added here because they are used in more than one WAC chapter; while some definitions are altogether new. It will give readers a better understanding of the terminology that is used throughout MAA WAC.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: It changes the definitions of terms used throughout MAA rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This rule amendment does not impose more than minor costs on businesses.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. The department has analyzed the proposed rule and concludes that it does not meet the definition of a "significant legislative rule" per RCW 34.05.328 (5)(c)(iii). The rule does not: (A) Adopt substantive provisions of law pursuant to delegated legislative authority, the violation of which subjects a violator of such rule to a penalty or sanction; (B) establish, alter, or revoke any qualification or standard for the issuance, suspension, or revocation of a license or permit; or (C) adopt a new, or make significant amendments to, a policy or regulatory program.

Hearing Location: Blake Office Park (behind Goodyear Courtesy Tire), 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Rose Room, Lacey, WA 98503, on January 7, 2003, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Andy Fernando, DSHS Rules Coordinator, by January 3, 2003, phone (360) 664-6094, TTY (360) 664-6178, e-mail fernaax@dshs.wa.gov.

Submit Written Comments to: Identify WAC Numbers, DSHS Rules Coordinator, Rules and Policies Assistance Unit, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, fax (360) 664-6185, e-mail fernaax@dshs.wa.gov, by 5:00 p.m., January 7, 2003.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not sooner than January 8, 2003.

November 15, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 02-24 issue of the Register.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office