WSR 99-21-066

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Nursing Assistant Program)

[ Filed October 19, 1999, 4:51 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 99-16-114.

Title of Rule: WAC 246-841-990 Nursing assistant--Fees and renewal cycle.

Purpose: To amend renewal fees, late renewal fees, reissuance fees and duplicate reissuance fees according to recent fee study.

Other Identifying Information: A fee study was conducted September 1999.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.88A.050(1).

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 18.88A RCW.

Summary: To raise the application fee from $10 to $15, raise the renewal and late renewal fee from $20 to $25 and raise the duplicate and reissuance fees from $20 to $25.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: According to a fee study these increases would cover the current deficit and in four years would put the program in the black on operating expenses. Each profession must be self-supporting according to statute.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Terry J. West, 1300 S.E. Quince, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 236-4712.

Name of Proponent: Department of Health, Health Professions Quality Assurance Division, Nursing Assistant Program, governmental.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: This rule establishes fee categories and fees for this new profession. This rule also includes a description of the renewal cycle as a one-year period. Once the new fees are adopted sufficient revenue will be raised during the next 3 1/2 years to recover the deficit and cover the anticipated operating expenses.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Fees are raised.

A small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

Small Business Economic Impact Statement

In preparing this small business economic impact statement (SBEIS), the department used SIC code 809 Miscellaneous Health & Allied Services, Not Elsewhere Classified which has a minor impact threshold of $53.00. The estimated cost to health care practitioners for amending these rules is $5.

Therefore, there is no disproportionate cost for small businesses.

A copy of the statement may be obtained by writing to Department of Health, Nursing Assistant Program, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, Attn: Terry West, phone (360) 236-4712, fax (360) 236-4738.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. Exempt per RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vi).

Hearing Location: Department of Health, Target Plaza, 2725 Harrison N.W., Olympia, WA 98502, on November 23, 1999, at 1:30 p.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Kris McLaughlin by November 19, 1999, (360) 236-4713.

Submit Written Comments to: Terry J. West, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, fax (360) 236-4738, by November 19, 1999.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 23, 1999.

October 15, 1999

M. C. Selecky

Secretary

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-05-060, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98)

WAC 246-841-990
Nursing assistant--Fees and renewal cycle.

(1) Certificates and registrations must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.

(2) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged for registrations:


Title of Fee Fee
Application - registration $ ((10.00)) 15.00
Renewal of registration ((20.00)) 25.00
Duplicate registration 10.00
Registration late penalty ((20.00)) 25.00
Expired registration reissuance ((20.00)) 25.00

(3) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged for certifications:
Application for certification ((10.00)) 15.00
Certification renewal ((20.00)) 25.00
Duplicate certification 10.00
Certification late penalty ((20.00)) 25.00
Expired registration reissuance ((20.00)) 25.00

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280.  98-05-060, 246-841-990, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98.  Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.88A RCW.  96-03-051, 246-841-990, filed 1/12/96, effective 3/1/96.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040.  91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as 246-841-990, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250.  90-04-094 (Order 029), 308-173-130, filed 2/7/90, effective 3/10/90.  Statutory Authority: RCW 43.24.086.  88-20-075 (Order 783), 308-173-130, filed 10/5/88.]

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