Meridian Leasing Offers Insight into Achieving XR-29 CT Radiology Compliance

In April of 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act was signed into law. Part of the law stated that the outpatient and physician reimbursement for certain diagnostic CT scans will be reduced by 5 percent in 2016 and a further 15 percent in 2017 if a CT system is not compliant with XR-29 guidelines.... Read More >>

340B Hospital Recertification Open through September 7. Have You Recertified?

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) 340B hospital recertification process for 2016 continues through Sept. 7. All 340B hospitals must recertify with HRSA annually to ensure they continue to meet the 340B hospital eligibility requirements. ... Read More >>

Hospital Safety Net Revisions for FY 2017

With the start of the new state fiscal year there have been some changes to the hospital safety net program. Working with WSHA, the Health Care Authority has reset the assessment amounts for the new fiscal year. ... Read More >>

Bree Collaborative Considers Prior Authorization Standard Model

The Bree Collaborative, a Governor-appointed group of public and private partners working to improve health care quality, outcomes and affordability, is considering prior authorization as one of its focal points for the upcoming year. ... Read More >>

Contact HCA if Experiencing Challenges with Post-Acute Care Discharge Placement for Medicaid Patients

WSHA is working to address the difficulty many hospitals face in finding post-hospital placement for patients who have completed their acute care hospital stay. ... Read More >>

Legislators, Insurance Commissioner Consider Balance Billing Legislation

Legislators and the Washington State Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kriedler, are planning legislation for the 2017 legislative session to address the issue of balance billing of patients for services provided outside of the health plan’s network. Legislation was considered last year but did not end up passing. Now the issue is back. ... Read More >>

Nondiscrimination Policy Updates; HHS Final Rule, “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” Implementing Section 1557 of the ACA

  To: Chief Executive Officers, Hospital and Health System Counsel, and Chief Nursing Officers From: Zosia Stanley, JD, MHA, Policy Director and Gavin Keene, Legal Extern Staff contact: Zosia Stanley, or (206) 216-2511   Purpose This bulletin will help your hospital comply with the final nondiscrimination rule implementing Section 1557 of the federal Affordable... Read More >>

WSHA and AHA express concerns with proposed Medicare outpatient rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released its proposed rule for changes to the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system. The rule proposes to implement the site-neutral provisions of Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.... Read More >>

Leading and shaping the future of health care

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as your next Washington State Hospital Association president. What an honor to lead a passionate, smart, dedicated, mission-driven staff in serving passionate, smart, dedicated, mission-driven members!... Read More >>

Help us honor your hospital with WSHA awards!

We would like to honor your hospital’s leaders and programs! Now is the time to make nominations for WSHA’s awards, which will be presented at the Annual Member Meeting Oct. 13-14 in Seattle. Your nominations are needed and deadlines are coming soon!... Read More >>

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