WSR 06-12-109

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Nursing Home Administrators)

[ Filed June 7, 2006, 9:56 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-843-010, 246-843-070, 246-843-071, 246-843-073, 246-843-090, 246-843-093, 246-843-095, 246-843-230 and 246-843-231, application for initial license and endorsement.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.52.061 and 18.52.071.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board is considering rule changes to streamline credentialing language and remove unnecessary barriers to licensure. One option being considered is adopting the interstate endorsement agreement proposed by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators (NAB). In addition, the board wishes to review all language pertaining to licensure and examination to ensure that it is easy to understand and is consistent with national standards.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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. Public meetings will be held in both Eastern and Western Washington in the month of August 2006. Written comments may be sent for Kendra Pitzler, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, (360) 236-4723, fax (360) 236-4738, or e-mail kendra.pitzler@doh.wa.gov.

June 5, 2006

Susan Quigley, Chair

Board of Nursing Home Administrators

Washington State Code Reviser's Office