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Senate Budget Released: Positive News for WSHA Budget Priorities

The Senate Coalition Caucus released its budget today, and it is overall positive for WSHA's budget priorities.... Read More >>

HCA to Update Grouper and Weights for Medicaid Outpatient Hospital Payment

The Health Care Authority is updating the grouper and weights used to calculate payments for Medicaid outpatient hospital services by prospective payment hospitals.... Read More >>

WSHA, Hospital Members to Testify on “Balance Billing” Bill

Early next week the Senate Health Care Committee is expected to hear House Bill 2114, which provides protection from balance billing for patients who receive care from a non-contracted provider at a hospital that is contracted with their health plan.... Read More >>

Senate budget overview on top WSHA priorities

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus released its budget today, and it is overall positive for WSHA's budget priorities. The budget does not include any cuts to hospital-based clinics and also funds several other important health care priorities.... Read More >>

Focus on Mental Health Funding and Post-Acute Placements

The budget decreases state hospital beds, moves patients to community hospitals and invests in post-acute discharge facilities. ... Read More >>

SB 5800: Duty to Warn Gets a Hearing

Senate Bill 5800 will clarify that mental health providers have a duty to warn of a serious or imminent threat to the health or safety of a reasonably identifiable person or persons. They discharge the duty by communicating the threat to the person or persons whose health or safety is threatened or to law enforcement. Once the duty is discharged, limited liability protections are conferred on the provider.... Read More >>

Balance billing legislation places burden on hospitals

HB 2114 (originally HB 1117) is aimed at protecting patients who use an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgery center, but then receive an additional "balance" bill from an out-of-network provider for care during their stay. WSHA supports protections for patients in emergency situations in which they have no control over who provides their care. However, the bill as currently drafted creates significant administrative burden, cost and liability for hospitals. ... Read More >>

Balance billing legislation places burden on hospitals 

HB 2114 (originally HB 1117) is aimed at protecting patients who use an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgery center, but then receive an additional "balance" bill from an out-of-network provider for care during their stay. SHA supports protections for patients in emergency situations in which they have no control over who provides their care. However, the bill as currently drafted creates significant administrative burden, cost and liability for hospitals.... Read More >>

Time to convey the importance of coverage

Last week in this space, we shared our initial concerns about the American Health Care Act. This replacement legislation for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had just been released. As we further analyzed the specifics of the bill and weighed that analysis against our established principal of preserving coverage for Washingtonians, we reached the conclusion that we cannot support it as currently structured.... Read More >>

Providence Holy Family forms a bond with local students

A year ago, Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane began a partnership with the school across the street. The two had worked together in the past, but by reaching out, the hospital rekindled the connection. It began with a student art contest from the Lidgerwood Elementary School students to decorate a bare hallway in the hospital, and later the student choir joined hospital workers for their mission picnic and Christmas party.... Read More >>

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