WSR 10-06-017

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed February 22, 2010, 11:21 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-808-550 Future care contracts prohibited -- Chiropractic quality assurance commission (commission), revising the current rule to clarify the requirements for future care contracts.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.25.0171 and 18.130.050.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The commission is considering amending the current rule to establish clear guidelines for future care contracts. Future care contracts require a patient to pay for care to be rendered in the future. The current language and title appear to conflict and cause confusion. The commission intends to clarify the requirements for future care contracts to allow chiropractors to proceed with services and to protect the public.

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 Leann Yount, Department of Health, Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone (360) 236-4856. Stakeholders will be notified and invited to participate in an open public workshop and may submit written comments for consideration. Stakeholders will be notified through listserv mailings, commission meetings, and posting to the web site.

February 22, 2010

Leann Yount

Program Manager

Washington State Code Reviser's Office