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State’s All Payer Claims Database

To provide a status report on the Washington all payer claims database, to encourage you to review the claims data for your hospital, and to have a member of your staff participate in a WSHA webinar on September 26th.... Read More >>

Preserving access to care for Washington residents

Senate Republicans are making a last-ditch effort at repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through budget reconciliation, racing to beat a September 30 deadline to pass a bill with just 50 votes (plus a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence). The bill would replace federal funds for Medicaid expansion and subsidies for individual market insurance sold in the marketplaces with a lump sum block grant for states. It would also repeal the ACA’s individual and employer mandates while giving states flexibility in enforcement of additional consumer protections.... Read More >>

Morton General Hospital: Self-care groups

There is increasing focus on the need for prevention and wellness training in health care. The epidemic of chronic disorders is often worsened by lifestyle choices, stress and other social factors. The good news is that many of those challenges respond well to whole-person approaches that help patients manage and reduce symptoms.... Read More >>

Overlake Medical Center: Active Senior Fair

Overlake Medical Center’s annual Active Senior Fair has for 21 years been free and open to all members of the public. It now attracts nearly 2,000 seniors and their loved ones to the one-day event. Interpreters in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Hindi and Russian help seniors and their families connect to the American health care system.... Read More >>

Join us for WSHA’s Governance Education Day Oct. 13

This year’s Governance Education Day will take place on Friday, October 13, following the WSHA Annual Member Meeting October 12. Trustees and commissioners will spend the morning in interactive discussions to enhance their knowledge and skills as they’re guided through actual case studies by nationally recognized experts in hospital governance: Karma Bass and Erica Osborne from Via Healthcare Consulting.... Read More >>

HCA’s new opioid prescribing guidelines to take effect Nov. 1

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) in August announced a new clinical policy on opioid prescribing for Apple Health (Medicaid). This new policy takes effect November 1 and is intended to support providers in achieving appropriate opioid prescribing patterns. WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association worked closely with HCA in the development of this new policy.... Read More >>

HCA to revise Medicaid readmissions payment policy

WSHA and member hospitals are participating a stakeholder group, along with the Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) to discuss HCA’s plan to revise its payment policy for potentially preventable hospital readmissions. HCA plans to return to a policy where readmissions within 14 days of a hospital discharge can be individually reviewed and denied if determined to be a provider preventable admission.... Read More >>

ACHs achieve second milestone, advancing Medicaid transformation

All nine Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) have passed phase 2 certification, a critical achievement in the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration. Their success signals another step toward the 2021 goal of whole person health care and better management of state resources.... Read More >>

AHRQ recruiting acute care hospitals interested in free antibiotic stewardship project

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use is now recruiting acute care hospitals, or individual units within hospitals, for participation in a 12-month project, beginning December 2017. This is a free program that incorporates both technical and behavioral components to improve antibiotic prescribing.... Read More >>

QPP Hardship Exception Application open for the 2017 transition year

The QPP Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 transition year is now available on the Quality Payment Program website. MIPS eligible clinicians and groups may qualify for a reweighting of their Advancing Care Information performance category score to 0% of the final score and can submit a hardship exception application.... Read More >>

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