PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
(Medical Quality Assurance Commission)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-919-480 Retired active credential.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.71.017, 18.130.050(12), and 18.130.250.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: There are a number of physicians in Washington state who have retired from active practice and wish to be part of a pool of practitioners who can be mobilized to render medical services in the event of a national or regional emergency or disaster situation at a level of service beyond providing emergency assistance requiring immediate attention (as is allowed under RCW 18.71.030(1)), such as manning a triage station or augmenting hospital staff. The commission has determined to explore whether amendment of this rule may provide assistance in this area for those physicians who currently have a Washington physician license.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making: The commission will conduct public workshops to allow interested persons to participate in the development of the language for these rules. Notification of the meetings will be sent to those individuals and organizations who have indicated they are to be notified of any rule-making process.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Beverly A. Thomas, Health Administrator, Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, (360) 236-4788.
November 14, 2003
Doron N. Maniece