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Senate draft bill drastically cuts health coverage

The Washington State Hospital Association is disappointed with the Senate Republican’s attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The bill contains modified versions of many of the provisions from the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) and will result in dramatically fewer Washingtonians having access to health care. Our initial reaction is that this bill is worse for our state’s Medicaid program and hospitals and health systems than the House’s version of the bill. ... Read More >>

Senate “discussion draft” health care bill would leave hundreds of thousands of Washington residents without access to health care coverage

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) strongly criticized the Senate’s health care reform bill, released today.... Read More >>

Walla Walla General Hospital to close in July

A new development has brought an end to Adventist Health’s efforts to transfer control of Walla Walla General Hospital’s services to Providence Health & Services—an initiative they jointly announced on April 3 and that both organizations had hoped to achieve by midsummer. Adventist Health received word that unexpected regulatory challenges have arisen which could linger for an undetermined duration of time and could ultimately prohibit the anticipated transfer of membership.... Read More >>

Radiation dosage resources available for comparison

WSHA is committed to improving patient safety and reducing harm from all causes. Part of improving patient safety is ensuring that diagnostic imaging exams produce a clinically viable image to guide care without causing harm. The American College of Radiology produces two free sample reports through the Dose Index Registry: one for children and one for adults. These reports have been acknowledged as appropriate for comparison of target dose ranges by exam and age in the absence of established national benchmarks.... Read More >>

One county lacks individual health care insurance options

Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced June 19 that Premera will offer health plans in Grays Harbor County. Klickitat County remains without any individual insurance options. Commissioner Kreidler and his staff are engaged in negotiations to see if a willing insurer can be found. Five counties (Ferry, Grays Harbor, Pend Oreille, Skagit and Skamania) will have only one insurer in 2018. Clallam and Wahkiakum counties will have two insurers, but through the same parent company.... Read More >>

One county lacks individual health care insurance options, rate increases proposed, OIC working on market stabilization

Last week the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) gave notice that Grays Harbor and Klickitat counties would have no individual health care insurance options in 2018.... Read More >>

Individual health insurance market stabilization – many options, careful thought needed

In the wake of the recent insurance carrier filings with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, there is substantial discussion about how to stabilize the individual health insurance market in Washington State.... Read More >>

HCA provides guidance for health care providers in case of state budget shutdown

The Health Care Authority recently sent guidance regarding the potential effect of a partial state government shutdown if a 2017-19 state budget is not enacted by July 1, 2017, particularly its effect on the Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) program and the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program.... Read More >>

WSHA provides webinar on new Medicaid quality incentive measures

The Washington hospital safety net assessment program includes a Medicaid quality incentive.  Under the incentive provision, prospective payment hospitals that meet certain quality measures receive a one percent increase to their Medicaid inpatient payment rate.... Read More >>

Important to submit CHARS data by July 15th; delay could mean reduction in Medicaid payment

With recent changes in the law, the hospital safety net assessment program has new provisions for the quality incentive program.  Under these provisions, hospitals must be in compliance with existing Department of Health financial reporting requirements to qualify for the quality incentive payment.... Read More >>

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