WSR 12-11-102



(Medicaid Program)

[ Filed May 21, 2012, 4:21 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: New sections in chapter 182-550 WAC, Hospital services, and possibly other rules as appropriate.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.05.021, chapter 74.60 RCW, chapter 30, Laws of 2010 (ESSHB [E2SHB] 2956); and chapter 35, Laws of 2011 (EHB 2069).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The health care authority (HCA) is implementing a safety net assessment on certain Washington hospitals. HCA will use the assessment solely to augment funding from all other sources and thereby obtain additional funds to restore recent reductions and to support additional payments to hospitals for medicaid services. The hospital safety net assessment and hospital safety net assessment fund will allow the state to generate additional federal financial participation for the medicaid program and provide for increased reimbursement to hospitals. During the course of this review, HCA may identify additional changes that are required in order to improve clarity or update policy.

Process for Developing New Rule: 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 Jason R. P. Crabbe, Rules and Publications Program Manager, HCA, Legal and Administrative Services, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5504, fax (360) 586-9727, TTY 1-800-848-5429, e-mail

May 21, 2012

Kevin M. Sullivan

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office