May 14-20: National Women’s Health Week

This week marks National Women’s Health Week, which is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health.... Read More >>

DBHR seeking participants for opioid treatment projects

The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) has received a State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Crisis Grant from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The total grant award is for $11.79 million for the time period of May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. ... Read More >>

Growing into a new space

The pediatric rehabilitation program at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver opened 10 years ago with just a dozen patients. In the years since, the community’s need for the program has grown drastically, and the medical center’s Children’s Center now serves 550 local children each week, offering physical, occupational and speech therapy. Up until this April, the Children’s Center had the same amount of space to treat its first 12 patients as it did its current volume.... Read More >>

Washington State open-enrollment period to be 10 weeks

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced this week that its next open enrollment period would be 10 weeks, spanning from Nov. 1, 2017 to Jan. 15, 2018. The announcement follows the previous market stabilization rules that shortened the open enrollment period to six weeks, but left it up to the discretion of state exchanges on whether to extend the enrollment window.... Read More >>

Inslee signs law to help providers, cities, counties confront opioid crisis

Gov. Inslee this week signed into law HB 1427, which enacts several recommendations made by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force to help cities and counties across the state confront the opioid epidemic by lowering barriers and reducing wait lists for treatment. The bill will give health care providers more information about their prescribing practices to boost the use of best practices.... Read More >>

WSHA to survey Rapid Response Teams

When a patient demonstrates signs of imminent clinical deterioration, a team of providers — a Rapid Response Team (RRT) — is summoned to the bedside to immediately assess and treat the patient with the goal of rapid clinical assessment and prevention of harm. WSHA will conduct a survey to learn more about how members have initiated these programs.... Read More >>

HHS updates ransomware guidance for health care organizations

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Monday issued updated ransomware and cyber threat guidance for health care organizations. Ransomware attacks — a type of cyberattack in which the actors demand the payment of ransom to regain access to a victim’s data — were reported Friday by companies and organizations in more than 150 countries, including hospitals and other clinical services in England’s National Health Service.... Read More >>

USDA accepting applications for rural telemedicine grants

Hospitals and others can apply through July 17 for grants of up to $500,000 each for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas, the Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 5/18/17

Recent member news from the May 17, 2017 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Demonstrating community need for physicians

All organizations needs more providers, but quantifying this need in a way that satisfies regulatory bodies as well as existing medical staff can be challenging. Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins has released the white paper “Demonstrating Community Need for Physicians” to help hospital organizations understand what they need to know about this important piece of a successful recruiting program.... Read More >>

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