The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recently released rulemaking proposals related to forensic blood draws by medical assistants and requirements and fees for registration for “blood establishments” in Washington State. The newly proposed medical assistant rules state that certain medical assistants may perform “forensic blood draws,” subject to supervision, delegation and practice standards.
Also, the DOH considered two rules petitions on elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) at the rules meeting on April 11. The first was a petition to reduce institutional and individual volume standards for elective PCI, and the second was a petition to allow evaluation of elective PCI certificate of need (CON) applications even absent numeric need. Following a request for more time to discuss the second petition, the DOH has scheduled a one-hour meeting May 17. Click here to read more. (Zosia Stanley)