Lake Chelan Community Hospital partners for rural residency program

Like many rural communities, Chelan is facing a shortage of providers to care for residents. To address this, Lake Chelan Community Hospital & Clinics will partner with the University of Washington and Columbia Valley Community Health (CVCH) to offer a rural residency program in town. The program is scheduled to begin in August 2020 with two residents, though that number will double in size the second year, reaching its full capacity.... Read More >>

We’ll see you in Chelan!

WSHA and AWPHD’s 42nd Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference begins Sunday, June 24 at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan! Online registration is now closed, but walk-up registration will be available on site. ... Read More >>

Rural Hospital Leadership Conference diamond sponsor spotlight: LifeNet Health

As the sole full-service tissue bank for hospitals in the Pacific Northwest, LifeNet Health recovers, processes and distributes tissue for transplantation, medical research and education throughout the community.... Read More >>

Membership updates: 6/21/18

Membership updates from the June 21, 2018 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 6/21/18

Recent member news from the June 21, 2018 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Preparing for the all-payer claims database

At WSHA, we often talk about our goal of attaining the triple aim of health care: improving the quality of care and experience of the patient, increasing the health of the population, and ensuring viability for a strong health care delivery system. On June 29, Washington State will launch its first all-payer claims database (APCD), which will help us improve on these goals.... Read More >>

Jefferson Healthcare opens dental clinic to care for underinsured patients

Access to dental care can be a challenge for many uninsured or underinsured Washington residents, as most dentists do not accept patients with Medicaid. In east Jefferson County, where there are 9,000 uninsured or underinsured residents, the percentage of Medicaid patients who receive dental care is one of the lowest in the state. To fill in this gap in care, Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend is participating in a pilot program that will bring a dental clinic to the area for these residents.... Read More >>

WSHA’s work helps prevent 8,000 deaths nationally

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) reported June 5 that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) initiatives have been successful in making care safer across the country. WSHA serves as one of CMS’s HIIN partners.... Read More >>

WSHA provides guidance on service animals in Washington State hospitals

In response to member questions, WSHA has created a document to assist hospitals and health systems in complying with laws applicable to service animals, including a new law enacted in Washington State that WSHA supported. Member hospitals have been increasingly challenged by situations involving animals that are not service animals, but whose owners expect to bring them onto hospital property and into clinical areas. ... Read More >>

Last chance to register online for Rural Hospital Leadership Conference!

Online registration will close this Friday, June 15 for WSHA and AWPHD’s Rural Hospital Leadership Conference, June 24-27 at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan. Walk-up registration will be available on-site at the conference. Read more and register now. (Ashley Beil)... Read More >>

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