SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medicaid Purchasing Administration)
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: These amendments are necessary to meet the legislative requirements of sections 201 and 209 of the operating budget for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 for durable medical equipment. Specifically, the department is eliminating coverage for transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation (TENS) devices and supplies (including battery chargers and supplies for client-owned devices) for in-home use and the instruction in the application of TENS.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-543-1150, 388-543-1300, 388-543-1600, 388-543-2800, 388-545-300, and 388-545-500.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090.
Other Authority: Section 1109, chapter 564, Laws of 2009 (ESHB 1244), WAC 388-501-0055.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that in order to implement the requirements or reductions in appropriations enacted in any budget for fiscal years 2009, 2010, or 2011, which necessitates the need for the immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the fiscal needs or requirements of the agency.
Reasons for this Finding: Emergency rule adoption is required in order for the department to fully meet the legislatively mandated appropriation reduction in section 1109, chapter 564, Laws of 2009 (ESHB 1244) for durable medical equipment for fiscal years 2010-2011. The permanent rule is expected to be adopted in early June 2010.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 6, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 6, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: May 28, 2010.
Katherine I. Vasquez
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