Healthier Washington (HCA) continues readiness for Medicaid Transformation Waiver – Is your ACH ready?

Of late, the Health Care Authority (HCA) has been working with consultants and addressing public questions about the roles of the Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs), with requests to define their responsibilities and level of readiness if the state succeeds in getting a global waiver from the federal government.... Read More >>

WSHA welcomes Brenda Parnell

Brenda Parnell, former CEO of Ferry County Hospital in Republic, has joined WSHA for the next several months as a temporary employee. She is assisting us as a policy and rural director for the summer while two members of our team are on leave.... Read More >>

Washington hospitals making great strides in safety

WSHA is pleased to announce more great progress in our work improving health care in our state! Washington hospitals are making great strides in safety with 40,600 fewer harms, 19,000 fewer readmissions and 5,000 few early elected deliveries.... Read More >>

Hospitals: Watch for DOH survey on acute care bed counts

The Department of Health will be mailing out the annual statewide surveys on hospital acute care bed counts. The surveys have been mailed via U.S. mail to hospital administrators. Hospitals should receive them the first week of May, and responses are due by June 1.... Read More >>

Taking health care to the air

KVH recently finished work on a helipad that will make the process of landing a helicopter at the hospital quicker, easier and — perhaps most importantly —safer. By having a dedicated helipad, pilots have a clear flight path and don’t need to maneuver around cars.... Read More >>

Using telemedicine to help expand access to psychiatric services

Washington State has made significant advances in expanding access to telemedicine-based care, passing telemedicine bills in 2015 and 2016 with WSHA’s strong support and advocacy. Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner InSight has written a bulletin exploring how telemedicine — specifically telepsychiatry — can help bring psychiatric care to places where it is not readily available.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 4/28/2016

Recent member news from the April 28, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Webinar: Hospital-acquired condition reduction program analysis

WSHA will host a webinar from 10-11am on May 4 to discuss the hospital-acquired condition (HAC) reduction program analysis. The program is designed to help hospital and health systems reduce HACs and avoid penalties from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ... Read More >>

Telemedicine Collaborative applications available

This legislative session, one of WSHA’s top priorities was continuing to advance policy support for telemedicine, and we were very pleased with the passage of Senate Bill 6519. As part of this new legislation, a statewide Telemedicine Collaborative is being convened. The application to serve on the Collaborative is now available and is due by May 15.... Read More >>

Opening the door to financial assistance

WSHA worked with members to create both a standard financial assistance application form and a standard plan for communicating and giving notice of the fact that financial help is out there. The WSHA Board of Trustees unanimously voted to urge every hospital in Washington State to adopt these documents. It’s the right thing to do for patients, our communities and our hospitals.... Read More >>

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