Rule-Making Activities

Vital Records – Certificates Rulemaking

On April 6, 2022, the Department filed the Rule-making Order to adopt the proposal of amending rules in chapter 246-491 WAC, Certificates, and WAC 246-490-200, Electronic reporting of deaths, under Washington State Register 22-09-002.

The adopted rules are to implement House Bill 1031 (Chapter 55, Laws of 2021), which created a new certification of birth resulting in stillbirth. The adopted rules:

  • Prescribe the information displayed on the certification of birth resulting in stillbirth;
  • Add the certification of birth resulting in stillbirth to existing requirements for a person to prove eligibility to obtain the certification;
  • Remove the exclusion of electronic registration of fetal deaths; and
  • Make editorial changes.
  • The adopted rules are not different from the text of the proposed rule as it was published in the Washington State Register 22-04-093.

    The adopted rules will become effective on October 1, 2022.

Activity Planned Completion Date Actual Completion Date
File CR-101, Preproposal Statement of Inquiry 7/7/2021 6/18/2021
Notify interested parties of rule making 7/9/2021 6/24/2021
Gather informal comments on draft rule 10/29/2021 9/10/21
Assess informal comments, revise draft rule if necessary, and prepare analyses 12/31/2021 12/10/2021
File CR 102, Proposed Rule Making 2/2/2022 2/2/2022
Notify interested parties of opportunity to comment on proposed rul 2/4/2022 2/4/2022
Public Hearing 3/31/2022 3/10/2022
Assess formal comments and revise rule if necessary 4/29/2022 3/14/2022
File CR 103 6/1/2022 4/6/2022
Respond to formal comments and notify stakeholders of effective date of adopted rule 6/4/2022 4/11/2022
Rule Effective 10/1/2022 10/1/2022

To receive rule making notices by email and for any questions about this rule making activity, contact Vital Records Rules.

Hospital Patient Discharge Information Reporting (CHARS) Rulemaking

On April 19, 2022, the department filed a proposal (WSR 22-09-069 (PDF)) to amend existing rules and create new rules in chapter 246-455 WAC, Hospital Patient Discharge Information Reporting. The proposed rules prescribe new patient demographic information reported by hospitals; establish a waiver process; strengthen protections of patient health care information to align with federal law changes; clarify and add requirements for data collection and reporting; establish formalized procedures for requesting hospital patient discharge data; prescribe direct and indirect patient identifiers; update or add definitions; make technical updates and clarifications to existing rules; and establish fees for data files and analysis.

We're accepting comments on the proposal rule until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. 

You may submit written comments in three ways.

  1. Online on the Rules Comment (wa.gov) site (this will open the online comment site.)
  2. Email to:Katitza.Holthaus@doh.wa.gov
  3. U.S. Mail to: 
    Washington State Department of Health 
    Attn: Katitza Holthaus
    P.O. Box 47814
    Olympia, WA 98504-7814

You may also provide testimony on May 24, 2022, at 11 a.m.

To register for the virtual public hearing select the Webinar Registration - Zoom link.

 
Activity Planned Completion Date Actual Completion Date
File CR-101, Preproposal Statement of Inquiry 7/7/2021 6/18/2021
Notify interested parties of rule making 7/9/2021 6/28/2021
Hold listening sessions 9/30/2021 11/18/2021
Gather informal comments on draft rule 10/29/2021 12/24/2021
Assess informal comments, revise draft rule if necessary, and prepare analyses 12/31/2021 3/4/2021
File CR 102, Proposed Rule Making
(revised target completion date)
2/16/2022
(4/20/2022)
4/19/2022
Notify interested parties of opportunity to comment on proposed rule
(revised target completion date)
2/18/2022
(4/22/2022)
4/22/2022
Public Hearing
(revised target completion date)
3/31/2022
(5/24/2022)
5/24/2022
Assess formal comments and revise rule if necessary
(revised target completion date)
5/6/2022
(5/30/2022)
 
File CR 103 7/1/2022  
Respond to formal comments and notify stakeholders of effective date of adopted rule 7/1/2022  
Rule Effective 1/1/2023  

To receive rule making notices by email and for any questions about this rule making activity, contact Katitza.Holthaus@doh.wa.gov.