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Join WSHA in recognizing importance of National Handwashing Awareness Week

This week, I invite you to join me in recognizing one of the most effective, yet often overlooked, methods of preventing the spread of germs – handwashing. National Handwashing Awareness Week (Dec. 2 – 8) is a good time to revisit handwashing and how it can impact Washington patients and staff.... Read More >>

Astria Regional Medical Center donates books to community schools

Astria Health has teamed up with the Magic of Storytelling Campaign to deliver books to Yakima Valley schools. Earlier this fall, Astria Health donated 500 books to Roosevelt Elementary School. This was the third time Astria Health has worked to encourage reading in children – in total, the hospital system has delivered 1,500 books to Yakima Valley Schools. ... Read More >>

AHA and AAMC filed joint lawsuit in response to site-neutral CMS cuts

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) filed a lawsuit together on Dec. 4 against the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The lawsuit is in response to CMS’s finalization of its outpatient hospital payment rule to apply to site-neutral cuts to office visit services at grandfathered off-campus hospital-based clinic locations.... Read More >>

Points of contact and advice for hospitals during surge issues

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with WSHA, would like to offer hospitals a reminder regarding best practices and points of contact during challenges connected to a disaster or medical surge event. DOH is prepared to offer hospitals assistance regarding capacity and regulatory issues if such an event occurs.... Read More >>

Partner with the Washington Health Benefit Exchange to raise awareness about open enrollment

The deadline for open enrollment is now less than two weeks away, and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange is welcoming collaboration in a final awareness campaign. The exchange has launched #GetCoveredWA, with the goal of getting all Washingtonians to finalize coverage for 2019 by Dec. 15, including health and dental plans.... Read More >>

There’s still time left to support the PAC!

We are in the final stretch of our 2018 Political Action Committee (PAC) campaign – and need your help to cross the finish line. To date, we have raised $225,000 toward our $300,000 goal. We are hoping this final push will help us reach our goal and close out the year.... Read More >>

Celebrate National Influenza Week with us by getting your flu shot

It’s not too late to get your flu shot! Join WSHA in celebrating National Influenza Week by getting your flu shot today. Maybe you’ve been vaccinated this season already? You can still participate by helping us promote flu vaccination activities this week utilizing these promotional tools and materials in your organization.... Read More >>

Are you prepared in the event of a natural disaster?

The earthquake in Alaska last week is a good reminder about the importance of being prepared for a disaster both personally and organizationally. While it may take many months to repair the damage in Anchorage, particularly to roads, experts have praised the people of Alaska for their quick response and noted that the outcome could have been much worse.... Read More >>

12/12 Webinar on nurse staffing committee best practices

Join WSHA and nursing leaders and staff from Harborview, Virginia Mason and Samaritan Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 12-1pm for an important discussion on nurse staffing committee best practices.... Read More >>

Webinar 12/19 on supportive housing for high-risk patients – how to partner, returns on investments

Join WSHA, the Health Care Authority and the Technical Assistance Collaborative from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 for a webinar on how hospitals can further engage on efforts to back permanent supportive housing.... Read More >>

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