PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-101-015, 246-101-101, 246-101-201, and 246-101-301, notifiable conditions. The board is considering moving conditions that have been notifiable for a limited time to permanently notifiable status.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.20.050 and 70.28.010.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Amending these rules will allow the continued collection of data on conditions for which reporting requirements are currently scheduled to expire in August 2004. The information gathered through the notifiable conditions system enables health departments to identify trends, and target prevention and intervention efforts for individuals diagnosed with the conditions.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Department of Health is responsible for collecting data from health care providers, facilities, and local health jurisdictions. The department and board will work together in drafting the rule.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and collaborative rule development.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Michelle Davis, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47890, Olympia, WA 98504-7890, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Candi Wines, Health Policy Advisor, State Board of Health, P.O. Box 47990, Olympia, WA 98504-7990, email@example.com.
June 2, 2004
Acting Executive Director