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Weekly Report for February 12, 2015 – Progress in the Legislature

We knew this was going to be a tough and busy legislative session, and we have not been disappointed. We are proactively developing and advocating for more bills than ever before.  Many of the bills we support are getting a good legislative response. One of the bills we’re working hard to support is telemedicine –... Read More >>

Deadline Approaches for the Medicaid Quality Incentive

Deadline Approaches for the Medicaid Quality Incentive February 15, 2015 is the deadline for the data submission for PPS hospitals to qualify for increased payments through the Medicaid Quality Incentive and for non PPS hospitalls to potentially receive recognition. The program was created by the Hospital Safety Net Assessment legislation and gives PPS hospitals the... Read More >>

Wellness Trust – HB 1946

HB 1946, sponsored by Rep. Laurie Jinkins, would tax hospitals at 6 percent of revenue to fund a “Wellness Trust.” The trust would be used to fund local public health departments and mental health services. This tax would be levied on revenue less charity care and community benefit spending. WSHA is strongly opposed to a... Read More >>

Weekly Report for February 5, 2015 – A New View of Health Care

Our Board of Trustees has set for WSHA a tremendous challenge in our strategic plan: Lead the transformation of health care in collaboration with key partners to improve the health of the population of Washington, enhance the care experience, and reduce cost. As we have learned from the success in our patient safety work, the... Read More >>

Key Boarding Bills Being Heard

On Friday, two bills were added to the Senate schedule related to last year’s state Supreme Court decision to end the practice of psychiatric boarding.   We support SB 5645, a simple bill to create a mechanism for the state to track cases when people who meet detention criteria, but for whom no appropriate bed... Read More >>

Update on Outreach and Enrollment

This year’s open enrollment period will close on February 15, 2015. While Medicaid-eligible patients will still be able to use www.wahealthplanfinder.org to enroll in AppleHealth, most of the people enrolling in commercial insurance will lose their opportunity until the next open enrollment period.... Read More >>

Court Victory May Impact Medicaid DSH Payments

Court Victory May Impact Medicaid DSH Payments A recent court victory by Seattle Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital may significantly impact how Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments are distributed by Washington State and other states. The Washington State Health Care Authority is in the process of analyzing the details of the injunction.  ... Read More >>

Weekly Report for January 29, 2015 – The Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time

It’s been almost three years since WSHA, Washington State Health Care Authority, Washington State Medical Association and Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians took on the challenge of reducing unnecessary trips to the emergency room. We learned a great deal from our colleagues in emergency medicine. The problem has complex origins, but the... Read More >>

Coalition of hospitals, physicians and Health Care Authority getting national attention

For several years the ER is for Emergencies coalition has been working to reduce preventable emergency room visits. This public-private partnership has not only improved utilization, quality of care and savings in Washington state, but the efforts of the coalition are getting national attention. Read the full press release release below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  ... Read More >>

Telemedicine in Senate and House

The telemedicine bill that WSHA and its members support has hearings in the Senate and House this week, House Bill 1403 and Senate Bill 5175. (Download the issue brief here.) This legislation is a top priority for us this session. It guarantees that if an insurer covers a service in person, they will also cover... Read More >>

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