WAC 182-526-0175

Effective February 1, 2013

WAC 182-526-0175 Prehearing meetings.

1.  A prehearing meeting is an informal meeting with a health care authority (HCA) hearing representative that may be held before any prehearing conference or hearing.


2. The HCA hearing representative may contact the party who requested the hearing before the scheduled hearing to arrange a prehearing meeting. Any party may also contact the HCA hearing representative to request a prehearing meeting.


3. A prehearing meeting is voluntary. A party is not required to request one, and is not required to participate in one. If a party does not participate, it does not affect the party's right to a hearing.


4. The prehearing meeting includes the party who requested the hearing and/or  its representative, the HCA hearing representative, and any other party. An administrative law judge (ALJ) does not attend a prehearing meeting.


5. The prehearing meeting gives the parties an opportunity to:

a. Clarify issues;

b. Exchange documents and witness statements;

c. Resolve issues through agreement or withdrawal; and

d. Ask questions about the hearing process and the laws and rules that apply.

6. During a prehearing meeting: 

a. The HCA hearing representative may:

  1. Explain the role of the HCA hearing representative in the hearing process;
  2. Explain how a hearing is conducted and the relevant laws and rules that apply;
  3. Explain the right to representation during the hearing;
  4. Respond to questions about the hearing process;
  5. Identify accommodation and safety issues;
  6. Distribute copies of the documents to be presented during the hearing;
  7. Provide, upon request, copies of relevant laws and rules;
  8. Identify additonal documents or evidence a party may want or be required to present during the hearing;
  9. Provide information about how to obain relevant documents;
  10. Clarify the issues; and
  11. Attempt to settle the dispute, if possible.

b. Parties should explain their position and provide documents that relate to the case. Parties may consult legal resources.


c. Parties may enter into written agreements or stipulations, including agreements that settle the dispute.


7. A prehearing meeting may be held or information exchanged:


a. In person;


b. By telephone conference call;


c. Through correspondence; or


d. Any combination of the above that is agreeable to the parties.


8. If a prehearing conference is required by HCA or its program rules, a prehearing meeting may not be an available option.


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