WSR 09-05-059

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed February 12, 2009, 3:00 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-501-0165 Medical and dental coverage -- Fee-for-service (FFS) prior authorization -- Determination process for payment.

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: The only revision the department is making to this section is to add the word "business" before "days" in subsection (7). This amendment is necessary to clarify exactly what the department means by "fifteen days" in subsection (7), and to make subsection (7) consistent with the rest of the section.

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Wendy L. Boedigheimer, Rules Program Manager, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1306, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY (800) 848-5429, e-mail boediwl@dshs.wa.gov.

February 12, 2009

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office