House Republicans release proposal to replace ACA, WSHA provides analysis

Yesterday, the House Republican leaders released a proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposal outlines broad policy changes but lacks enough detail to for us to fully understand how Washington State’s patients, hospitals and health systems will be affected. However, the significant reductions in federal Medicaid funds would have a major impact on our state and erode the coverage gains achieved under the ACA.... Read More >>

Flu peaked: What can we learn for next time?

The past month has been one with exceptional volume of very ill patients coming to our emergency rooms and clinics, with many needing advanced care in the ICU. This flu season has ended the lives of many the likes we have not seen since 2010. This is 172 people’s lives cut short by this very deadly disease.... Read More >>

Getting ready to hit the road again

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane recently added a virtual reality driving simulator to help patients get back on the road following injuries, and back to their independent daily activities. The simulator is the only one in the region and gives patients realistic scenarios to regain confidence without the stressful hazards of on-road driving.... Read More >>

Are you ready for MOON? WSHA member webinar February 22

Effective March 8, hospitals, including critical access hospitals, must notify Medicare patients when the patients are placed into outpatient observation status. Hospitals must provide oral and written notification through the use of the standard Medicare Outpatient Observation Notification (MOON) form. On February 22 from 12-1 p.m., WSHA will provide a members-only webinar to help hospitals with implementation.... Read More >>

From Inside Olympia: Supporting more timely placement for hospital patients who need long-term care

This week in Olympia, WSHA testified on HB 1854, which would require the Medicaid managed care plans to assemble an adequate and appropriate network of covered SNFs, monitored and enforced by the Washington State Health Care Authority. It would also create an incentive to place patients at a SNF by creating new fees on the plan if it has not placed the patient in a reasonable amount of time.... Read More >>

CDC survey: 8.8% of U.S. residents uninsured in first 9 months of 2016

An estimated 28.2 million U.S. residents (8.8%) lacked health insurance when surveyed during the first nine months of 2016, according to a report released February 14 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The uninsured rate for adults under age 65 was 9.3% in Medicaid expansion states (like Washington State) and 17.5% in non-expansion states. ... Read More >>

CMS: U.S. health spending projected to grow 5.6% annually over decade

Under current law, national health expenditures are projected to grow an average 5.6% annually during 2016-2025, outpacing average projected growth in gross domestic product by 1.2 percentage points, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of the Actuary reported February 15. As a result, the health share of the economy is projected to grow from 17.8% in 2015 to 19.9% by 2025.... Read More >>

Membership update: 2/16/2017

Membership update from the February 16, 2017 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 2/16/2017

Recent member news from the February 16, 2017 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Reduce costs without compromising patient care by refurbished equipment

How can providers see more patients and maintain excellent patient care while juggling reductions in reimbursement and bundled payment scenarios? This is a question on the forefront of everyone’s minds and has probably caused more than a few sleepless nights.... Read More >>

1 2 3 4 115


Contact Us

Washington State Hospital Association
999 Third Avenue
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98104

Map / Directions

206.281.7211 phone
206.283.6122 fax

Staff List