WSR 02-20-074

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed September 30, 2002, 1:37 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-926-100 Definitions -- Alternative training radiologic technologists.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.84.040.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: There is a critical shortage of certified technologists. The rules as currently written lend themselves to becoming a barrier to certification by hindering the alternative training program process. Radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians, acting as indirect supervisors in the alternative training programs, are not allowed to provide direct supervision when certified technologists, acting as the direct supervisors, are not available. This causes individuals to be out of compliance with the program and could ultimately keep individuals from qualifying for certification.

Process for Developing New Rule: Public meetings and mailings to interested persons.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Holly Rawnsley, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47869, Olympia, WA 98504-7869, phone (360) 236-4941, fax (360) 236-2406, e-mail holly.rawnsley@doh.wa.gov. Interested persons can participate through meetings and by submitting written comments.

September 27, 2002

M. C. Selecky

Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office