WSR 06-21-079

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed October 17, 2006, 9:14 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Industrial insurance, WAC 296-20-010 General information, 296-20-125 Billing procedures, 296-31-080 How do providers bill for services?, 296-23A-0160 How must hospitals submit charges for ambulance and professional services?, and 296-23A-0230 How does the department or self-insurer pay out-of-state hospitals for hospital services?

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.12.330 or chapter 51.12 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is changing the name of two billing forms used by medical providers. This rule making will update the references to those forms in our rules.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The federal CMS is changing the name of two of their billing forms. The purpose of this rule making is to coordinate and reflect this change in our rules.

Process for Developing New Rule: The parties interested in the development of these rules may contact the individual listed below. Interested parties may also participate during the public comment period by submitting written comments or giving oral testimony at the public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Bob Mayer, Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way, Tumwater, WA 98501, phone (360) 902-5021, fax (360) 902-4249, e-mail MAYR235@LNI.WA.GOV. Public hearing will be scheduled for interested parties to comment on proposed rule change.

October 17, 2006

Gary Weeks

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office