New Federal Law Requiring Notification to Medicare Patients Placed in Observation Status

The purpose of the bulletin is to inform hospitals about the new federal law Public Law 114-42, The NOTICE Act (H.R.876), that requires hospitals to provide oral and written notification to Medicare patients placed into observation status for longer than 24 hours. Also to let hospitals know of WSHA's plans to provide opportunities for WSHA-member hospitals to share and communicate best practices and prepare for the new law.... Read More >>

Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins offering executive placement

Washington Hospital Services is excited to announce an expanded relationship with our Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins to include executive recruitment and placement needs. Merritt Hawkins is one of the leading health care recruitment and placement firms in the country, and we are thrilled to bring their excellent services to the WSHA membership. If you have any... Read More >>

Accounts payable webcast recording available

Thank you to our members who attended Washington Hospital Service’s Industry Partner webcast hosted by Commerce Bank Aug. 25. Both WHS and Commerce hope attendees gained insights into improving accounts payable processes and payment strategies. If you missed the session and would like to learn how other hospitals have been able to create efficient and... Read More >>

Bree Collaborative responds to heart surgery draft comments

The Bree Collaborative responded Sept. 1 to public comments on the draft heart surgery report. The collaborative considered structural changes to its recommendations on issues like provider accountability, pre and post-operative requirements, and patient caregiver supports. While the collaborative has not formally approved the report or potential changes, it appears as if our concerns around care giver supports will be addressed,... Read More >>

DOH rulemaking on ambulatory surgical centers

The Washington State Department of Health is in the early stages of rulemaking on two important issues affecting ambulatory surgical facilities (ASFs). First, the department is deciding whether a Certificate of Need-approved ASF should require a new Certificate of Need upon expansion. Second, the department proposes updating the need forecasting methodology and standards for ASFs.... Read More >>

Draft Pharmacy Rules Pose Risk to Costs, Workflow, Innovation

On Aug. 28, the Pharmacy Commission released draft rulemaking language that would require every facility have a pharmacist in charge who would spend at least 20 hours, or 50 percent of his or her time, at the pharmacy to which he or she is accountable. We are concerned with the financial burden this would place on facilities... Read More >>

Register for first Choosing Wisely Summit Oct. 30

Join health care leaders, stakeholders and national Choosing Wisely representatives Friday, Oct. 30 at the Seattle Airport Marriott for Improving Value in Health Care: The Choosing Wisely Summit: a day-long, in-depth look at ways to provide safer, higher-quality, value-based care to patients through the Choosing Wisely initiative in Washington State. This conference will give you the... Read More >>

Reminder: Call for nominations for the Joe Hopkins Award

At WSHA’s 2014 Annual Meeting, Scott Adams, CEO of Pullman Regional Hospital, was the surprised recipient of WSHA’s most prestigious award to an individual: The Joe Hopkins Award. This special award was created in 1987 in honor of Joe Hopkins, a beloved rural hospital administrator who had a remarkable vision and dedication to Washington’s hospitals.... Read More >>

Annual meeting just over a month away

Join us for WSHA’s 83rd Annual Meeting October 7-8 in Seattle. We will have thought-provoking plenary speakers, strategy sessions and networking opportunities, and we will present our patient safety and Joe Hopkins awards. Your attendance is important as we will also address changes to our governing board structure and elect the 2015-16 board candidates during our annual... Read More >>

Hospitals recognized for newborn screenings

The Department of Health Newborn Screening Program recognized several Washington State hospitals for exemplary performance in meeting timeframes to collect newborn screening blood samples. The hospitals are: Three Rivers Hospital Walla Walla General Hospital Cascade Valley Hospital Mid-Valley Hospital Mason General Hospital Northwest Hospital It is crucial that all newborns are screened for genetic disorders... Read More >>

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