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PDFWAC 246-827-0010


The following definitions apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(1) "Direct visual supervision" means the supervising health care practitioner is physically present and within visual range of the medical assistant.
(2) "Forensic blood draw" means a blood sample drawn at the direction of a law enforcement officer for the purpose of determining its alcoholic or drug content by a person holding one of the credentials listed in RCW 46.61.506, including a medical assistant-certified, medical assistant-phlebotomist, or forensic phlebotomist.
(3) "Health care practitioner" means a physician licensed under chapter 18.71 RCW; an osteopathic physician and surgeon licensed under chapter 18.57 RCW; or acting within the scope of their respective licensure, a podiatric physician and surgeon licensed under chapter 18.22 RCW, a registered nurse or advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under chapter 18.79 RCW, a naturopath licensed under chapter 18.36A RCW, a physician assistant licensed under chapter 18.71A RCW, or an optometrist licensed under chapter 18.53 RCW.
(4) "Hemodialysis" is a procedure for removing metabolic waste products or toxic substances from the human body by dialysis.
(5) "Immediate supervision" means the supervising health care practitioner is on the premises and available for immediate response as needed.
(6) "Legend drug" means any drug which is required by any applicable federal or state law or regulation to be dispensed on prescription only or is restricted to use by practitioners only.
(7) "Medical assistant" without further qualification means a person credentialed under chapter 18.360 RCW as a:
(a) Medical assistant-certified;
(b) Medical assistant-registered;
(c) Medical assistant-hemodialysis technician; and
(d) Medical assistant-phlebotomist.
(8) "Medical assistant-hemodialysis technician" means a patient care dialysis technician trained in compliance with federal requirements for end stage renal dialysis facilities.
(9) "Secretary" means the secretary of the department of health or the secretary's designee.
(10) "Telemedicine supervision" means the delivery of direct patient care under supervision by a health care practitioner provided through the use of interactive audio and video technology, permitting real-time communication between a medical assistant at the originating site and a health care practitioner off premises. "Telemedicine" does not include the use of audio-only telephone, facsimile, or electronic mail.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.360.030, 18.360.040, and 18.360.070. WSR 23-16-004, § 246-827-0010, filed 7/19/23, effective 8/19/23; WSR 17-15-075, § 246-827-0010, filed 7/14/17, effective 8/14/17. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.360 RCW, RCW 43.70.280, and 2012 c 153. WSR 13-12-045, § 246-827-0010, filed 5/31/13, effective 7/1/13.]
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