WSR 10-10-114

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed May 4, 2010, 4:26 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-310-290 Hospice services -- Standards and need forecasting method.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 70.127 and 70.38 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The hospice standards and forecasting methods for providers applying for a certificate of need were adopted into rule in 2003. Since then, experience has shown that applicants do not always clearly understand the rules. Additionally, data sources, mandatory survey reporting and capacity issues may need to be addressed. Potential benefits will be (1) better informed decisions; (2) increased consistency and predictability; and (3) increased survey responses.

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. The department will convene a series of rule workshops and set up a dedicated listserv. Interested parties can receive information on how to participate in updating the rule by contacting John Hilger, Rules Coordinator, Health Professions and Facilities, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501-7852, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98604-7868 [98504-7868], 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.

May 4, 2010

Mary C. Selecky

Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office