WSR 15-14-070
[Filed June 26, 2015, 12:51 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-310-020 Applicability of chapter 246-310 WAC, the department of health (department) certificate of need (CoN) program is opening the rule to consider revisions addressing the expansion of CoN-approved ambulatory surgical facility operating rooms.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.38.135 and 70.38.105.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The addition of operating rooms to an existing CoN-approved ambulatory surgery facility within a designated planning area is not currently addressed in WAC 246-310-020. The department will consider rules to specify when a CoN-approval is required because adding operating rooms may constitute the construction, development or other establishment of a new health care facility.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department of social and health services (DSHS) and the health care authority (HCA) are involved in medicare and medicaid billing and reimbursement issues for CoN ambulatory surgical facilities. The department will coordinate with DSHS and HCA as appropriate.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested parties may participate in the development of draft rules prior to a formal proposal by joining the department listserv, attending workshops, or providing input on draft materials. Interested parties can receive information on how to participate in updating the rule by contacting Katherine Hoffman, Policy Analyst, Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance, Office of the Assistant Secretary, P.O. Box 47850, 111 Israel Road S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7850, e-mail, phone (360) 236-4617, or fax (360) 236-4626.
June 26, 2015
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH