WSR 09-10-015

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Health and Recovery Services Administration)

[ Filed April 24, 2009, 11:29 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-546-0001 through 388-546-4000, emergency transportation services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.09.510.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Establish new rules to inform and educate providers regarding ambulance program policies not currently addressed or sufficiently explained in chapter 388-546 WAC and billing instructions (e.g., use of ambulance transportation for mental health services). Modify policy and/or clarify ambiguities in existing rule. Correct an RCW citation in WAC 388-546-0450.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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, Health and Recovery Services Administration, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, phone (360) 725-1306, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail boediwl@dshs.wa.gov.

April 24, 2009

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office