WSR 05-08-089



(Medical Assistance Administration)

[ Filed April 1, 2005, 3:40 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending WAC 388-550-2600 Inpatient psychiatric services and possible other sections in chapter 388-550 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To ensure that Medicaid funds only be used to pay for inpatient psychiatric services provided to Medicaid clients, the department is updating and clarifying current policy; revising the payment mechanism structure for some mental health services; and redefining the fiscal relationships among the Mental Health Division (MHD), the Medical Assistance Administration (MAA), and the regional support networks (RSNs).

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: MAA will coordinate with MHD and the Department of Health during the rule-making process.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department invites the interested public to review and provide input on the draft language of this rule. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kathy Sayre, Rules Program Manager, Medical Assistance Administration, P.O. Box 45533, Olympia, WA 98504-45533 [98504-5533], phone (360) 725-1342, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail

March 31, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office