State’s Proposal to Waive Medicaid Requirements in Order to Accelerate Transformation

This bulletin provides information on the state’s plan to apply for a waiver of federal Medicaid requirements in order to accelerate its work on health care system transformation. ... Read More >>

Weekly Report for June 4, 2015 – New House and Senate Budgets Released: No Big Changes in Hospital Issues

Over the last week, we saw two new budget proposals:  the Senate Republicans released a new budget last Thursday, followed by the House Democrats on Monday. If you’ve never looked at a state budget, it’s an impressive set of documents. As soon as a budget proposal is released, WSHA staff and lobbyists immediately begin a... Read More >>

Safety Net Assessment Still Disproportionately Benefits State

Senate Republicans proposed a new budget today that includes new revenue expectations including those from anticipated cannabis revenues and increased federal funding. Hospital Safety Net Assessment:  The Senate makes no improvement to its proposal for the hospital safety net assessment, an area of intense concern for WSHA and member hospital and health systems. The Senate maintains... Read More >>

Weekly Report for May 28, 2015 – Seeking the Right Care at the Right Time

Atul Gawande, MD, is relentless in his efforts to shine a bright light on the future of health care. His “Checklist Manifesto” and “Being Mortal” sit on many bookshelves in the Puget Sound area, including bookshelves at WSHA. His latest New Yorker article is a good, but uncomfortable read (see it here). It’s a stimulating... Read More >>

Weekly Report for May 21, 2015 – Focus on Rurals: The Chelan Conference

The days are getting brighter and longer: for those of us at WSHA, all those signs of summer are also signs of the conference we just refer to as “Chelan.” It’s complete name is the “WSHA & AWPHD Rural Hospital Leadership Conference.” This is an annual meeting of great importance to our members and to us. ... Read More >>

WSHA Hosts May 27 Webcast on Proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment Hospital Rule

  The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) will host a webinar May 27 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. on the proposed inpatient rule for prospective payment hospitals. The webinar is part of WSHA’s efforts to provide helpful and detailed information to hospital finance staff. Presenters will include staff from DataGen, which provides analyses of Medicare claims data for... Read More >>

Governor signs into law bill that ensures nurse & doctor safety, & transparent payments for suspects

Collaborative efforts leads to more clear security and payment expectations May 15, 2015, SEATTLE, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee signed the suspect and inmate guarding and payment bill (SB 5593) into law this morning. This legislation sets payment and guarding rules for patients who are in custody, and is a legislative success for patients, staff, law... Read More >>

Weekly Report for May 14, 2015 – Thoughtful and Collaborative Public Policy Serves Us All

As Cassie talked about a few weeks ago, a delegation of WSHA staff and members went to Washington D.C. to attend the American Hospital Association (AHA) annual meeting. The trip was a potent reminder to me that the work we do in D.C. and in Olympia has a huge impact. With their massive regulatory and... Read More >>

SBC: New Emergency Rule Effective April 21 for Patients with Medical Conditions

The purpose of this bulletin is to: Inform hospitals of the new emergency rule filed on April 21 by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) impacting single bed certification for patients with medical conditions and provide updated designated mental health professional protocols to hospitals. Pages 23 and 24 contain information about single bed certification.... Read More >>

WSHA Board Chair Testifies at U.S. Senate Rural Health Hearing

PMH Medical Center CEO Julie Petersen speaks to Washington state’s challenges and progress in meeting needs of rural communities May 11, 2015, SEATTLE, Wash. — Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) Board Chair and PMH Medical Center CEO Julie Petersen last week told a U.S. Senate committee that the state’s small rural hospitals continue to face significant challenges... Read More >>

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