Medicaid financial integration: Mid-adopter information

WSHA recently released a bulletin explaining details of counties’ decisions to pursue “mid-adopter” status for financial integration of Medicaid benefits for behavioral health.... Read More >>

HCA begins SFY 2018 DSH application process

The Health Care Authority has begun the application process for the SFY 2018 Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program for hospitals other than those participating in the Certified Public Expenditures program.... Read More >>

WSHA extends best wishes for retiring member hospital chief financial officer

Gary McLaughlin, Chief Financial Officer at Overlake Medical Center, will retire at the end of June. Gary served as the CFO at Overlake since 2003.... Read More >>

Senate looks to AHCA vote next week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week said he hopes the Senate can vote late next week on its version of a bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. McConnell is expected to release a “working draft” on Thursday. The Congressional Budget Office is hoping to report by early next week on how the bill would affect insurance coverage levels and the federal budget.... Read More >>

Rural Hospital Leadership Conference begins Sunday

WSHA and AWPHD’s 41st Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference begins Sunday at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan! We look forward to seeing you Sunday, and we have a few quick reminders for you.... Read More >>

Chelan: Developing the governance of tomorrow

This year, at the Rural Hospital Leadership Conference, we are offering programs that will help our rural leaders be more effective and successful in their roles, sustaining rural health care across the state, and ensuring that our communities will continue to have access to the care that will keep them healthy. We’ll cover emerging topics in health care, update you on the latest developments in our state’s health care landscape, and maybe even surprise you with some new ideas or ways of thinking that you may not have considered before.... Read More >>

Bringing hope to the community

Helping guide young men and women into the health care field is an investment that pays off in the form of a healthy community. Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata will help guide young adults this summer through a new internship program through Eastern Washington University known as Project H.O.P.E. (which stands for Health Occupations Preparatory Experience). Through the program, high school students who are first-generation college-bound, from a rural community or from populations that are underserved in health care are placed in a four-week paid internship with their local health care facility.... Read More >>

HCA Releases draft timelines of major ACH work through new project template

By November 16, the Health Care Authority (HCA) is requiring all Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) to submit a project plan that will guide their Medicaid demonstration work. The HCA recently released the draft Project Plan Template, supplemental workbook and recently updated draft Project Toolkit. These materials now contain important timelines and implementation guidance for the ACHs and providers. One major change for all projects is that 2018 is a planning year with implementation expected by late 2019. WSHA will submit comments on the materials by the June 30 deadline.... Read More >>

Gov. Inslee announces interim director for HCA

Gov. Jay Inslee on June 20 announced that Lou McDermott will serve as interim director of the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA). He replaces Dorothy Frost Teeter, who announced her departure from the agency in May after leading it for four years.... Read More >>

Washington’s Cancer Research Fund selects Program Administrator for new public-private partnership

The Cancer Research Endowment (CARE) Fund, a new public-private partnership that supports cancer research in Washington, has selected Empire Health Foundation (EHF) in Spokane to serve as its Program Administrator. EHF will be responsible for administering grants to fund cancer research that utilizes the best science with the greatest potential to improve health outcomes for Washingtonians.... Read More >>

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