Proposed legislation from OIC restricts balance billing

As expected, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) has submitted legislation (HB 1117) to protect patients from receiving balanced bills. The legislation is aimed at protecting patients who use an in-network hospital but then receive an additional "balance" bill from an out-of-network provider for care during the stay. This typically arises when a health plan has failed to reach a network contract agreement with some of the providers practicing at the facility, such as ER, anesthesiology, pathology, and radiology groups.... Read More >>

WSHA continues to focus on preserving Medicaid expansion, improving mental health and access to high-quality care

During this year’s budget-writing legislative session, WSHA will be focused on preserving access to care for the more than 700,000 people who received coverage, as well as ensuring that safety net health care programs are meeting the needs of our communities. Continuing the work of the last several years, WSHA will be actively supporting legislation to improve the state’s mental health system.... Read More >>

WSHA legislative session kickoff webcast: January 10, 2017

WSHA's legislative session kickoff webcast, recorded January 10, 2017.... Read More >>

Spending more time with you, our members

One of my focuses will be to spend more time with our members and our key partners. To ensure our organization continues to flourish and serve, I have made a few changes to the executive team.... Read More >>

Flu impacting hospitals

his year's flu has flared up in recent weeks and caused at least 24 deaths so far. The flu and other viruses have sent hundreds of people to emergency departments and urgent care clinics. This has had a significant impact on hospital capacity, resulting in some people waiting hours in emergency departments before they are seen. The flu is also starting to spread among hospital staff in some areas.... Read More >>

Preserving ACA coverage and kicking off the legislative session

If you missed WSHA's legislative session kickoff webcast, it's not too late! You can watch the recording here for an in-depth discussion of how a repeal of the Affordable Care Act will affect our state, what WSHA is doing about it and what's on tap for the next six months in Olympia. ... Read More >>

A chat by the fire

Often members of our communities have questions about health care or wellness, but they don’t know whom to ask. This is where Washington State’s hospitals and health systems come in, offering forums and resources to help the community stay informed and healthy. At PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, this takes the form of a unique series of fireside chats connecting residents of the island community to health care experts... Read More >>

Washington State to begin next phase of health care transformation

Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced January 9 a final contract that ensures the state can continue transforming health care to achieve better population health, reward high-quality care and curb health care costs.... Read More >>

Latest L&I draft on intermittent rest breaks unworkable

For the last year, the state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has been working to revise its administrative policy on rest breaks for all non-exempt employees. WSHA, as well as the business community at large, opposes the latest draft policy that essentially eliminates the ability to interrupt a rest break. The draft policy also introduces new confusing obligations for an employer to provide rest breaks. ... Read More >>

Save the date for the Rural Hospital Leadership Conference in Chelan June 25-28

Mark your calendar now for the 41st Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference June 25-28 at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan! Registration will open this spring, but don’t wait to book your room!... Read More >>

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