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Insurance Commissioner considering rule changes for prior authorizations: Your input needed!

In response to provider and enrollee concerns, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) announced it is considering rulemaking to provide more specific requirements relating to health plan prior authorizations. The rules would provide greater transparency and predictability for the prior authorization process and minimize the burden of the process on consumers.... Read More >>

Capital funding for mental health beds available

Over the last several years, WSHA has lobbied the state legislature to make significant investments in mental health. This work has resulted in tens of millions of dollars for capital funding for mental health beds. Using this funding, a number of new mental health beds have already opened and many more are in development.... Read More >>

Don’t forget to register for the Chelan conference!

We’re now just one month away from our 40th Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference June 26-29 at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan! If you haven’t registered yet, you still can!... Read More >>

Nominate now for WSHA awards!

Nominations are now open for WSHA’s Joe Hopkins Memorial Award and the Community Health Leadership Award, which will be presented at WSHA’s 84th Annual Member Meeting Oct. 13-14 in Seattle. You can make nominations online through the WSHA website.... Read More >>

Study shows positive outcomes in critical access hospitals

A new study in the Journal of American Medical Association that examined the surgical outcomes and expenditures for Medicare beneficiaries in critical access hospitals (CAHs) found that patients in CAHs had outcomes equal to or better than their non-CAH counterparts.... Read More >>

Welcome Industry Partner Meridian Leasing!

Washington Hospital Services is pleased to announce the addition of its newest Industry Partner, Meridian Leasing! Meridian is a leading provider of FMV equipment leasing, refurbished medical equipment, medical equipment advisory services, and IT systems and integration.... Read More >>

Behavioral health in the heart of the city

With access to mental health services a topic of great interest to the Washington State health care community, WSHA members have responded by increasing access to services in their facilities. On May 24, Swedish Ballard opened a new 22-bed behavioral health clinic that accepts voluntary and involuntary patients ages 18 and older.... Read More >>

Commerce Bank webinar slides online

Washington Hospital Services would like to thank everyone who attended the webinar last week hosted by our Industry Partner Commerce Bank. This webinar explored how accounts payable strategies can be employed to the benefit of our members.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 5/26/2016

Recent member news from the May 26, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Rural Advocacy Days: Sign up to voice your support for rural hospitals

Rural hospital leaders and board members have an excellent opportunity to connect with members of Congress during WSHA’s Rural Advocacy Days in Washington D.C., Sept. 20 and 21. This year’s Congressional agenda will include physician supervision, opioid abuse prevention, mental health, site neutral payment cuts, telemedicine and other proposals impacting rural hospitals. ... Read More >>

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