WSR 11-23-088

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY


(Medicaid Program)

[ Filed November 17, 2011, 11:14 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 182-543-5500 Covered -- Medical supplies and related services, 182-543-9100 Reimbursement method -- Other DME, 182-543-9200 Reimbursement method -- Wheelchairs, 182-543-9300 Reimbursement method -- Prosthetics and orthotics, 182-543-9400 Reimbursement method -- Medical supplies and related services, and possible other related WAC sections.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.05.021.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: During the reorganization of chapter 182-543 WAC filed under WSR 11-14-052, long-standing policy language regarding "base year" in the reimbursement sections was unintentionally deleted. This rule-making action reinstates the language that was deleted. This rule revision also clarifies in WAC 182-543-5500, that prior authorization is required for the purchase of replacement batteries for wheelchairs.

Process for Developing New Rule: The health care authority (HCA) welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, HCA will file a notice of proposed rule making (CR-102) with the office of the code reviser. 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, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail wendy.boedigheimer@hca.wa.gov.

November 17, 2011

Kevin M. Sullivan

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office