WSR 11-03-082

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Medicaid Purchasing Administration)

[ Filed January 19, 2011, 8:08 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: New section in chapter 388-531 WAC, Physician-related services; amend possible other sections in chapter 388-531 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.09.500, and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-148).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Incorporate into rule definition of "serious reportable events" (commonly referred to as "never events"); and add language regarding the rules for denying and/or paying claims if these events occur.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department is coordinating the rule development with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Washington state department of health.

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.

January 18, 2011

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office