WSR 09-17-054

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed August 13, 2009, 9:43 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-314 WAC, revising and updating the construction review services (CRS) standards.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.70.040, 43.70.110.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Chapter 246-314 WAC requires updating due to the following: (1) The adoption of ambulatory surgical facility rules requires updating CRS definitions. (2) The Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services has added requirements for the physical environment as a condition of participation for end stage renal dialysis (ESRD) facilities. The CRS rules need to be modified to clarify that ESRDs may voluntarily request plan review technical assistance to help facilities achieve compliance. Additionally, the rules may need to be amended to include the review of plans and construction of the temporary worker housing program. These updates will result in program consistencies and reflect current practice.

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 by contacting John Hilger, Rules Coordinator, Health Professions and Facilities, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501-7852, e-mail john.hilger@doh.wa.gov, phone (360) 236-2929, fax (360) 236-2901. We will notify all licensees and organizations who have expressed an interest in rule-making activities. Interested parties may also submit written comments for consideration.

August 13, 2009

Mary C. Selecky

Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office