PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
(Dental Quality Assurance Commission)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-817-310 Maintenance and retention of records and WAC 246-817-XXX, creating a new section for content of dental treatment records.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.32.0365 and 18.32.655.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The dental quality assurance commission (DQAC) is considering modifying and creating a new rule to provide specific requirements that must be included in maintenance and retention of records and content of dental treatment records. Rules would help clarify the current requirements and ensure that dental records are complete and consistent.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Department of social and health services (DSHS) regulates enrolled dental providers under WAC 388-502-0020. DQAC will collaborate with DSHS on rule-making activity related to this rule.
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 by contacting Jennifer Santiago, Department of Health, Dental Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867, phone (360) 236-4893, fax (360) 236-2901. Interested stakeholders may sign up for the dental commission's listserv at http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=dental-qac&A=1. All rule-making notices will be e-mailed to the dental commission's interested parties list (listserv), Washington state dental association, Washington state dental hygienists' association, and Washington state dental assistants.
June 15, 2009