So much to be thankful for

Thanksgiving is special because it reminds us to count our blessings. I’m always thankful for my family, my passionate colleagues and the ability to do meaningful work.... Read More >>

Celebrating Thanksgiving 2017 across Washington State

Hospitals across Washington State have their own ways of celebrating Thanksgiving each year, with special festivities that make the day and season special. Here are a few of the ways WSHA members celebrate and give thanks.... Read More >>

Membership Updates: 11/22/2017

Membership updates from the November 22, 2017 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Recent Member News: 11/22/2017

Recent member news from the November 22, 2017 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

WSHA: Senate tax bill’s proposed elimination of insurance mandate drives up costs for paying patients

"At some point in life, we all need intense medical care, and hospitals are there to provide it, whether or not you have health insurance. But if the insurance mandate goes away, more people will choose to be uninsured."... Read More >>

Rural hospitals: Anchors of their communities

Washington’s 44 rural hospitals are vital to the health and prosperity of our state. They provide access to vital, high-quality care for the more than 1 million Washingtonians that live, work and recreate across rural Washington. ... Read More >>

Partnering for services for the homeless

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett teamed up with the Everett Gospel Mission to set aside eight beds in a special area of the community shelter for patients who have been prescribed bed rest after being discharged from the hospital’s emergency department. In addition to providing the space for needed rest, the program also offers a chance for patients to rehabilitate their lives through connections with the mission’s services and community resources.... Read More >>

WSHA urges calls to Congress on tax bill that would harm non-profit, public hospitals

The House of Representatives is set to vote today on a sweeping tax plan that would affect non-profit hospitals and public hospital districts and the patients they serve. ... Read More >>

Webcast on new HCA readmissions policy

WSHA and the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) will host a webcast from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 28 on the HCA’s new Medicaid readmissions payment policy. The new policy takes effect January 1, replacing the current policy that penalizes hospitals with higher-than-average readmissions rates. ... Read More >>

Hospital groups file lawsuit to stop payment cut for 340B hospitals

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and others filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on November 13 to prevent significant Medicare payment cuts to hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. In a final rule, the payments would be cut by about 28 percent. ... Read More >>

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