Ballots have arrived — don’t forget to vote!

Election Day is November 8, but voting in Washington State is already well underway through our mail-in system, and you should have received your ballots in the mail. (If you have not, contact your county auditor.) While the presidential race has dominated the news, the big unknown in our state is which party will control the state House (currently majority Democrat) and Senate (currently majority Republican).... Read More >>

Helping on the path to recovery

At Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, the emergency department did a trial, offering a new option to patients like Chris. Over the summer, it began offering buprenorphine — better known by its brand name Suboxone — to stabilize patients suffering from withdrawal before referring them to medication-assisted drug treatment.... Read More >>

Majority of hospitals adopting standard charity care documents – thank you!

Hospitals are making excellent progress in adopting the WSHA-developed standard financial assistance application form and standard communication plan. Approximately 75 percent of WSHA member hospitals are in the process of operationalizing these standard documents.... Read More >>

Webinar Nov. 2 on guide to telemedicine success

Telemedicine is changing the way health care is delivered, especially in rural communities. Join us for a free webinar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 2 with tips for success with telemedicine. Frank Mandrakas, head of strategic business development for virtual care at CHI Health in Nebraska, will cover how his organization approached consumer engagement, patient acquisition, staffing and clinical quality using Industry Partner, Carena, to build their platform.... Read More >>

CDC restores $44 million in preparedness funds that were redirected to Zika

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week restored $44.25 million in funding for all-hazards preparedness to states, cities and territories, which had been redirected to respond to the Zika virus. The new funds are part of the fiscal year 2016 Zika supplemental funding signed into law last month.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 10/27/2016

Recent member news from the October 27, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

HCA completes budget neutrality adjustment process, hospitals avoid large cuts

In July 2014, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) rebased inpatient and outpatient rates and suggested a 3 percent cut to adjust for coding changes in the new system. WSHA pushed back and HCA agreed to make budget neutrality adjustments as needed. HCA recently completed its two-year analysis and determined no additional rate adjustments were needed.... Read More >>

Save the Date for first Washington Immunization Summit

Increasing our state’s immunization rates is a key element of WSHA’s strategic plan, as it helps us build a healthier community for our state. Fortunately, WSHA is not alone in this work, and the first Washington Immunization Summit will be held April 26, 2017 at the Conference Center at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.... Read More >>

WSU medical school earns accreditation

Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine recently received preliminary accreditation, allowing the college to stay on track to enroll its inaugural class of students next August. WSHA will create an opportunity for our members to hear directly from the WSU medical school leaders about their future plans.... Read More >>

The future of WSHA

This is an amazing organization with a rich history and a bright future. Being here these last days has inspired me even more about what we can accomplish together. The challenges facing the health care system in a quickly transforming world are substantial – but so are the opportunities. It is an exciting time for the Washington State Hospital Association to be leading and shaping the future of health care, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.... Read More >>

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