WSR 16-15-010
[Filed July 7, 2016, 2:54 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-310-715 General requirements, 246-310-720 Hospital volume standards, 246-310-725 Physician volume standards, and 246-310-745 Need forecasting methodology. The department of health (department) is considering reducing institutional and individual volume standards for safe and effective elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) based on recent research.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.38.115 and 70.38.128
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is considering the issues identified in two rule-making petitions that would update volume standards for institutions and practitioners performing elective PCI. The department is considering amending rules limited to: Changes in volume standards for institutions and practitioners performing elective PCI; bringing volume standards in alignment with national industry standards and recent research that may increase access to services; and the evaluation of elective PCI CoN applications absent numeric need.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Does not apply.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested parties may participate in the development of draft rules prior to a formal proposal by joining the certificate of need listserv, attending workshops, or providing input on draft materials. Interested parties can receive information on how to participate in rule making by contacting Katherine Hoffman, Policy Analyst, Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance, Certificate of Need, P.O. Box 47852, 111 Israel Road S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7852 or by e-mail to, phone (360) 236-2979, or fax (360) 236-2321.
July 7, 2016
John Wiesman DrPH, MPH