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Chapter 43.70 RCW


Department created.
Secretary of health.
Secretary's powersRule-making authorityReport to the legislature.
Five-year formal review process of existing rules.
Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Health Care.
Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Health Care.
Collection, use, and accessibility of health-related data.
Hospital financial and patient discharge dataFinancial reportsData retrievalAmerican Indian health dataPatient discharge dataConfidentiality and protection.
Health care data standardsSubmittal of standards to legislature.
Health care-associated infectionsData collection and reportingAdvisory committeeRules.
Duties of departmentPromotion of health care cost-effectiveness.
Health care qualityFindings and intentRequirements for conducting study under RCW 43.70.066.
StudyUniform quality assurance and improvement programReports to legislatureLimitation on rule making.
Quality assuranceInteragency cooperation.
Duties of departmentAnalysis of health services.
Identity of whistleblower protectedRemedy for retaliatory actionDefinitionsRules.
Transfer of powers and duties from the department of social and health services.
Authority to administer oaths and issue subpoenasProvisions governing subpoenas.
Civil fines.
Enforcement in accordance with RCW 43.05.100 and 43.05.110.
Reports of violations by secretaryDuty to institute proceedingsNotice to alleged violator.
License feesCostsOther chargesWaiver.
Online access to health care resourcesAnnual accounting of use of funds and use of online resourcesUniversity of Washington.
LicensesDenial, suspension, revocation, modification.
Health care professionals licensed in another state or United States territory or the District of ColumbiaIn-state practice on a limited basisRequirementsLimitations.
Federal programsRulesStatutes to be construed to meet federal law.
Health care facility certificationUnfunded federal mandatesApplicant fees.
Powers and duties of secretaryGeneral.
Annual conference of health officers.
Registration of vital statistics.
Duties of registrar.
Threat to public healthInvestigation, examination or sampling of articles or conditions constitutingAccessSubpoena power.
Threat to public healthOrder prohibiting sale or disposition of food or other items pending investigation.
Inspection of property where marine species locatedProhibitions on harvest or landingPenalties.
ViolationsInjunctions and legal proceedings authorized.
Public water systemsReceivership actions brought by secretaryPlan for disposition.
Enforcement of health laws and state or local rules and regulations upon request of local health officer.
Right of person to rely on prayer to alleviate ailments not abridged.
Transfer of powers and duties from the department of licensing.
Office of health consumer assistance createdDuties.
Health care disputesCertifying independent review organizationsApplicationRestrictionsMaximum fee schedule for conducting reviewsRules.
Written operating agreements.
License fees for professions, occupations, and businesses.
Appointment of temporary additional members of boards and committees for administration and grading of examinations.
License moratorium for persons in the serviceRules.
Procedure for issuance, renewal, or reissuance of credentialsExtension or modification of licensing, certification, or registration period authorized.
Funeral directors and embalmers subject to chapter 18.130 RCW.
Secretary or secretary's designee ex officio member of health professional licensure and disciplinary boards.
Cooperation with department of ecology.
Health professions accountFees creditedRequirements for biennial budget requestUnappropriated funds.
Hospital infection control grant account.
Public health supplemental accountAnnual statement.
Temporary worker housingDefinition.
Temporary worker housing operating licenseFeeDisplaySuspension or revocationFinesRefundsRulesApplication of department of labor and industries standards.
Temporary worker housing building permitPlans and specificationsFeesRules.
Temporary worker housing inspection fundFees on temporary worker housing operating licenses and building permitsLicenses generally.
Head injury preventionLegislative finding.
Head injury preventionProgram, generally.
Head injury preventionInformation preparation.
Head injury preventionGuidelines on training and educationTraining of emergency medical personnel.
Head injury prevention actShort title1990 c 270.
Suicide assessment, treatment, and management trainingRequirement for certain professionalsExemptionsModel list of programsRulesHealth profession training standards provided to the professional educator standards board.
Study of evidence-based suicide assessment, treatment, and management trainingReportUpdates.
Washington plan for suicide preventionSteering committeeReport.
Retired primary and specialty care provider liability malpractice insuranceProgram authorized.
Retired health care provider liability malpractice insuranceConditions.
Emergency medical personnelFutile treatment and natural death directivesGuidelines.
Health care services practice indicators and risk management protocols.
Health care services coordinated quality improvement programRules.
Public healthRequired measurable outcomes.
Public healthDefinitions.
Public healthDepartment's duties.
Public health services improvement planPerformance measures.
Public health performance measuresAssessing the use of fundsSecretary's duties.
Immunization assessment and enhancement proposals by local jurisdictions.
Chronic conditionsTraining and technical assistance for primary care providers.
Data collectionLegislative finding and intent.
Data collection and reporting rules.
Public health services improvement planContents.
Assessment standards.
Media violenceReporting reduction efforts.
Intent1995 c 43.
Public health improvement planFundsPerformance-based contractsRulesEvaluation and report.
American Indian health care delivery plan.
Survey regarding exposure to radio frequenciesResults.
Personal wireless servicesRandom testing on power density analysisRules.
Domestic violence education programEstablishedFindings.
Multicultural health awareness and education programIntegration into health professions basic education preparation curriculum.
Prenatal nutrition best practicesEducational resources for pregnant women.
List of contactsHealth care professions.
Cost-reimbursement agreements.
Workplace breastfeeding policiesInfant-friendly designation.
School sealant endorsement programRulesFeeReport to the legislature.
Product safety education.
Early detection breast and cervical cancer screening programMedical advisory committee.
Human immunodeficiency virus insurance program.
Volunteers for emergency or disaster assistance.
State asthma plan.
Locally grown foodsWomen, infant, and children farmers market nutrition programRules.
Fall prevention program.
Annual review of medication practices of five jails that use nonpractitioner jail personnelNoncompliance.
Universal vaccine purchase account.
Health extension programDissemination of evidence-based tools and resourcesRules.
Adjudicative proceedings.
References to the secretary or department of social and health services1989 1st ex.s. c 9.
References to the director or department of licensing1989 1st ex.s. c 9.
References to the hospital commission1989 1st ex.s. c 9.
Effective date1989 1st ex.s. c 9.
Severability1989 1st ex.s. c 9.
Health, board of: Chapter 43.20 RCW.
Immunization program, departmental participation: RCW 28A.210.060 through 28A.210.170.
Interagency agreement on fetal alcohol exposure programs: RCW 70.96A.510.
Medically accurate sexual education, departmental duties: RCW 28A.300.475.
Visual and auditory screening of pupils, data transferred to secretary: RCW 28A.210.030.