WSR 09-08-079

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HOME CARE

QUALITY AUTHORITY

[ Filed March 30, 2009, 11:26 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The agency is amending and adopting new rules in chapter 257-10 WAC, Home care quality authority -- Referral registry. Amending WAC 257-10-120 What qualifies individual providers or prospective individual providers to be included on the referral registry?

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.39A.280(3) Authority duties, Title 74 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The home care quality authority (HCQA) is amending WAC 257-10-120 What qualifies individual providers or prospective individual providers to be included on the referral registry?, to maintain consistency with other WAC, statute and policies related to fingerprint-based background check requirements for individual providers. This amendment will allow for a provider to be placed on the referral registry for a one hundred twenty day provisional period pending the outcome of the fingerprint check.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Department of social and health services, RCW 43.43.837(4).

Process for Developing New Rule: HCQA invites the public to take part in developing new rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. Draft material and information about how to participate may be obtained from the department representative listed below. At a later date, HCQA 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 Lisa Livingston, Home Care Quality Authority, P.O. Box 40940, 4317 6th Avenue S.E., Suite 101, Olympia, WA 98504-0940, phone (360) 493-9380, fax (360) 493-9384.

March 27, 2008 [2009]

Rick A. Hall

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office