Recent member news: 11/25/15

Member news headlines from the Nov. 25, 2015 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Giving thanks for a strong health care community

Thanksgiving is celebrated across the country with hearty turkey meals, football and the famous Macy’s Day Parade. But those are just side dishes compared with the real centerpiece of the holiday: that moment when you pause and be present and grateful in the moment. Maybe you’re grateful for your family, or for your friends who have become your family, or maybe just for the day off. But if it’s good, take the moment to be thankful for it, whatever it is.... Read More >>

Webcast December 3: Health professionals loan repayment program

Applications for the health professional’s loan repayment program are due Dec. 11. Join the Washington Student Achievement Council from 10-11am Dec. 3 for a technical assistance webinar about the applications and program. WSHA strongly encourages our members to look into their eligibility for the program.... Read More >>

Hospital financial assistance webinar recording available

WSHA hosted a webinar Nov. 23 on important information about development of a standard financial assistance application form and standard financial assistance communication plan for Washington State hospitals. Please contact Cliff Duggan if you are interested in receiving a copy of the recorded webinar. You can reach Cliff at or (206) 216-2517. WSHA recommends every hospital review this the application and communication plan. These documents are still in draft form, and WSHA welcomes feedback by Dec. 1.... Read More >>

Celebrating Thanksgiving across Washington State

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

Clinical experts needed for state Disaster Medical Advisory Committee

On Jan. 1, 2015 the Washington State Department of Health launched a planning effort to create a state-level structure for clinical engagement on issues related to Crisis Standards of Care during an emergency of state-level importance. The need for regional medical surge planning that incorporates the ability to implement regional crisis standards of care is recognized by many local, state and federal agencies.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 11/19/15

Member news headlines from the Nov. 19, 2015 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

ZeOmega: Presents the five pillars of population health

WSHA Industry Partner ZeOmega will host a webinar at noon Dec. 16 on the five pillars of population health: a comprehensive and inclusive approach to successful population health management.... Read More >>

Preparing WSHA for the future: Leadership team promotions

In many ways, WSHA is an advance team for our members. Through our policy and patient safety work, as well as our meetings and communications, we strive to help members prepare for changes in the industry. Our work helps them stay focused on providing health care services to their communities. We must also prepare ourselves. WSHA is an incredible organization with many new opportunities before us, and like our members, we are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the future.... Read More >>

CMS Announces Recovery Audit Contractor Program Improvements

After several years of frustration and advocacy, hospitals should soon see meaningful reform to the Recover Audit Contractor (RAC) program. Effective January 1, the amount of audit requests RACs will be able to request for a hospital will be reduced by three-fourths, from 2.0 percent down to 0.5 percent of the hospital’s paid Medicare claims from the previous year.... Read More >>

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