WSR 15-12-022
[Filed May 22, 2015, 1:40 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Proposal is exempt under RCW 34.05.310(4) or 34.05.330(1).
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-918-990 Physician assistants fee and renewal cycle, the department is proposing amendments to add retired active renewal and late renewal penalties for physician assistants. The department also proposes addition of a late renewal penalty for the active license renewal, and clarification of when the HEAL-WA and/or Washington physician health program surcharges are required.
Hearing Location(s): Washington State Department of Health, Point Plaza East, 310 Israel Road, Room 152, Tumwater, WA 98501, on July 29, 2015, at 9:15 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: August 5, 2015.
Submit Written Comments to: Sherry Thomas, P.O. Box 47850, Olympia, WA 98504-7850, e-mail, fax (360) 236-4626, by July 29, 2015.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Sherry Thomas by July 22, 2015, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposal amends existing fee rules to establish renewal and late penalties for a retired active license category for physician assistants. It also adds a late penalty for the active renewal, which is consistent with other health profession credentials. The medical quality assurance commission has adopted rules for obtaining and renewing a retired active license for this profession. RCW 18.130.250 directs the secretary of health to adopt fees for this credential. RCW 43.70.280(1) requires uniform application of late renewal penalties for health professions.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: RCW 43.70.250 requires the department to charge sufficient fees to cover the costs of administering each profession. The proposed fees meet this requirement by enacting sufficient fees to cover the new retired active license status. Addition of the active renewal late penalty makes this profession's fees consistent with other health professions. The proposed fees have been determined through fee analysis to support the costs of the new credential status.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.130.250, 43.70.250, 18.130.186, 43.70.280.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.130.250, 43.70.250.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of health, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Sherry Thomas, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98504, (360) 236-4612; and Enforcement: Daidria Pittman, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98504, (360) 236-2727.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Under RCW 19.85.025 and 34.05.310 (4)(f), a small business economic impact statement is not required for proposed rules that set or adjust fees or rates pursuant to legislative standards.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vi) exempts rules that set or adjust fees or rates pursuant to legislative standards.
May 22, 2015
Dennis E. Worsham
for John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 12-19-088, filed 9/18/12, effective 11/1/12)
WAC 246-918-990 Physician assistants fees and renewal cycle.
(1) Licenses must be renewed every two years on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.
(2) The applicant or licensee must pay the following nonrefundable fees:
Title of Fee
Physician assistants:
Application (annual)*
Active license renewal
Two-year renewal*
Late renewal fee
Expired license reissuance
Retired active license renewal
Two-year renewal**
Late renewal fee
Duplicate license
((The application or renewal fee)) Includes the Washington physician health program surcharge (RCW 18.71A.020(3)) assessed at $50.00 per year, and the University of Washington (UW) HEAL-WA web portal access fee (RCW 43.70.110) assessed at $16.00 per year.
Includes the Washington physician health program surcharge assessed at $50.00 per year.