Recent member news: 2/11/2016

Recent member news from the Feb. 11, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Insurance Commissioner releases report on marketplace before and after ACA

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner released a report Feb. 3 examining the health insurance marketplace in Washington State before and after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The report states that more than 300,000 Washingtonians have gained health insurance since 2012, and the state’s uninsured rate has dropped from 13.9 percent at the end of 2012 to 8.2 percent in 2014.... Read More >>

PARA HealthCare provides insight into CMS payment delay for codes G0477‐G0483 and 90360

Washington Hospital Services’ Industry Partner PARA HealthCare has written an article about some of the consequences of and solutions to the delay in payment by CMS for drug screen codes G0477-G0438 and flu vaccine 90360. ... Read More >>

Lourdes Health Network offering scholarships to students pursuing careers in health care

The Lourdes Foundation and Lourdes Auxiliary is helping students pursue careers in the health care field by offering seven scholarships to students living the Tri-Cities and Burbank areas. Six of the scholarships are for $1,500, and one is for $500. They will be award based on merit, volunteerism and financial need.... Read More >>

Legislative update: Bills out of committee, tracking the future of telemedicine

Over the last week, the cutoffs for bills to move out of their policy and budget committees passed. It’s been a busy legislative session thus far: WSHA and AWPHD have already analyzed and tracked more than 300 bills. The list of alive bills was winnowed down considerably with the bill cutoffs.... Read More >>

Celebrating National Heart Month across Washington State

Hospitals and health systems across Washington State are celebrating National Heart Month, raising awareness about heart health. ... Read More >>

Leaders in Health Care Gala to honor former AHA President/Washingtonian Rich Umbdenstock

Washington’s 2016 Leaders in Health Care Gala Awards Dinner, sponsored by Seattle Business Magazine, will be held the evening of Feb. 25 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel. This year, former American Hospital Association (AHA) President Rich Umbdenstock will be honored with a lifetime achievement award. ... Read More >>

An opportunity to expand telemedicine: Support SB 6519

Washington State has a significant opportunity to expand services delivered through telemedicine with Senate Bill 6519. This year’s bill, sponsored by Senator Becker, seeks to allow patients to have virtual provider visits in their homes starting in January 2018. WSHA strongly supports this bill and testified last week. We are working with Senator Becker to refine the bill. The bill would also create a collaborative that would meet over the next two years to recommend to the legislature other advancements in telemedicine and telehealth.... Read More >>

Banning non-compete clauses would prevent hospitals and health systems from protecting investments in physicians: Oppose HB 2931

Two bills have advanced through the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee that would limit the use of non-compete clauses in employment contracts in Washington State. Many hospitals and physician groups in Washington State use non-compete clauses in physician contracting. Hospitals that use non-compete clauses consider them an important and necessary tool to protect hospital investments in physicians.... Read More >>

After cutoff: Bills still alive

It was an exciting week leading up to Friday’s cutoff for bills to be voted out of their original policy committee. To make it easy, we’ve listed all of the major bills we’ve been tracking. This is just a partial list; WSHA/AWPHD staff have reviewed more than 300 bills thus far. ... Read More >>

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