WSR 12-11-103



(Medicaid Program)

[ Filed May 21, 2012, 4:26 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending WAC 182-531-1500 Sleep studies and 182-550-1800 Hospital specialty services not requiring prior authorization; and repealing WAC 182-550-6350 Outpatient sleep apnea/sleep study programs; and other rules as appropriate.

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: As a result of a health technology assessment, the agency is amending centers of excellence (COE) criteria to include nonhospital owned and operated facilities in the agency-approved sleep study list. The agency is taking this action to improve access to care. During the course of this review, the agency may identify additional changes that are required in order to improve clarity or update policy.

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 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