WAC 182-526-0010

Effective February 1, 2013

WAC 182-526-0010 What definitions apply to this chapter?

The following definitions apply to this chapter:

"Administrative law judge (ALJ)"  means an impartial decision-maker who is an attorney and presides at an administrative hearing.  The office of administrative hearings (OAH), which is a state agency, employs the ALJs.  ALJs are not department or health care authority employees or representatives.

"Authorized agent" means a person or agency which may act on behalf of HCA pursuant to the agreement authorized by RCW 41.05.021.  The authorized agent(s) may include employees of the department or its contractors.

"BOA" means the board of appeals which is physically located within the department of social and health services.

"Business days" means all days except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.

"Calendar days" means all days including Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.

"Deliver" means giving a document to someone in person.

"Department" means the department of social and health services.

"Documents" means papers, letters, writings, or other printed or written items.

"Final order" means an order that is the final agency decision.

"HCA" means the health care authority.

"Health care authority (HCA) hearing representative" means an employee of HCA, an authorized agent of HCA, HCA contractor or a contractor of HCA's authorized agent, or an assistance attorney general authorized to represent HCA in an administrative hearing.

"Hearing" means a proceeding before an ALJ or review judge that gives a party an opportunity to be heard in disputes about medical services programs set forth in RCW 74.09.  For purposes of this chapter, hearings include administrative hearings, adjudicative proceedings, and any other similar term referenced under chapter 34.05 RCW, the administrative procedure act, Title 182 WAC except as specifically excluded by WAC 388-526-0005 (4), and Title 388 WAC, chapter 10-08 WAC, or other law.

"Initial order"  is a hearing decision made by an ALJ that may be reviewed by a BOA review judge at either party's request.

"Judicial review" means a superior court's review of a final order.

"Mail" means placing a document in the mail with the proper postage.

"OAH" means the office of administrative hearings, a separate state agency from HCA or the department.

"Party" means:

1.  The health care authority (HCA); or

2.  A person or entity:

a.  Named in the action;

b.  Tho whom the action is directed; or

c.  Allowed to participate in a hearing to protect an interest as authorized by law or rule.

"Prehearing conference"  means a proceeding scheduled and conducted by an ALJ or review judge in preparation for a hearing.

"Prehearing meeting" means an informal voluntary meeting that may be held before any prehearing conference or hearing.

"Program" means an organizational unit and the services that it provides, including services provided by HCA staff, its authorized agents, and through contracts with providers.

"Record" means the official documentation of the hearing process.  The record includes recordings or transcripts, admitted exhibits, decisions, briefs, notices, orders, and other filed documents.

"Review" means a review judge evaluating initial orders entered by an ALJ and making the final agency decision as provided by RCW 34.05.464, or issuing final orders.

"Review judge" means a decision-maker with expertise in program rules who is an attorney and serves as the reviewing officer under RCW 34.05.464.  In some cases, review judges conduct hearings and enter final orders.  In other cases, they review initial orders and may make changes to correct any errors in an ALJ's initial order.  After reviewing initial orders or conducting hearings, review judges enter final orders.  Review judges are physically located at the DSHS board of appeals (BOA) and are not part of the program involved in the initial agency action.

"Rule" means a state regulation.  Rules are found in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

"Should" means that an action is recommended but not required.

"Stay" means an order temporarily halting the HCA decision or action.

"You" means any individual or entity that has a right to be involved with the hearing process, which includes a party or a party's representative.  "You" does not include HCA or HCA's representatives, or HCA's authorized agents.


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