WSR 17-15-132
[Filed July 19, 2017, 10:06 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-470 WAC, Prescription monitoring program (PMP), the department of health (DOH) is considering revising existing rules to expand the exchange of PMP data to DOH personnel, health care entities, and others to support coordination of care, patient safety, and quality improvement initiatives described in sections 9 and 10 of ESHB 1427, (chapter 297, Laws of 2017).
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.225.025.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: ESHB 1427 expands the authority for DOH to provide data from the PMP database and exchange the same data with certain groups, entities, and governmental agencies. Revising exiting [existing] rules would enhance patient safety, support coordination of care, and assist in quality improvement initiatives designed to address opioid prescribing practices.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Drug Enforcement Agency, Washington state health care authority, and Washington state department of labor and industry [industries]. These partners will be invited to participate in rule-making activities.
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 PMP GovDelivery system which can be accessed from the PMP web page at or by contacting Gary Garrety, PMP Operations Manager, P.O. Box 7852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone (360) 236-4802, email
July 19, 2017
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH