WSR 10-14-107

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Medical Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed July 6, 2010, 5:02 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-919-010, amending the definitions section and repealing WAC 246-919-421(4), to address retired active status.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.71.017, 18.130.050, and 18.71.440.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: 2SHB 1899 (section 4(1), chapter 403, Laws of 2009) directs the commission to consider amending the retired active physician rules to improve access to health care services during emergent or intermittent circumstances, without compromising public safety. The commission is considering amending the definitions as necessary including "emergent" and "intermittent." The commission is also considering repealing WAC 246-919-421(4), so that all information related to retired active physicians is contained in WAC 246-919-480. The commission filed notice to amend WAC 246-919-480 under CR-101 filed as WSR 09-20-075 on October 5, 2009.

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.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Julie Kitten, Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, (360) 236-2757, julie.kitten@doh.wa.gov. The commission will use a collaborative rule making process that will include public meetings and sharing drafts with interested parties. Notifications of the rule development will be sent through listservs.

July 6, 2010

Julie Kitten

Program Manager

Washington State Code Reviser's Office