PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Retired provider malpractice program, identify practice settings providers may work and set minimum hours a provider must work in order to obtain malpractice insurance. A new chapter in Title 246 WAC will be created for the retired provider malpractice program.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.70.460 and [43.70.]470.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In the 2004 legislative session, the retired provider malpractice program was expanded and additional resources were allotted to triple the number of providers in the program. The law states that the department may establish other practice settings and conditions of participation. In order to maximize resources and place as many providers in the community as possible, rules need to be established.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative process.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Public meetings will be held. Interested individuals may contact Diana Ehri at (360) 236-2813. Written questions or comments can be sent to P.O. Box 47834, Olympia, WA 98504-7834, or fax (360) 664-9273.
May 27, 2004
M. C. Selecky