May 1 & 2: WSHA CEO & Trustee Patient Safety Summit

We are excited to announce that James Reinertsen, M.D., will lead this year's CEO & Trustee Patient Safety Summit May 1 and 2. Dr. Reinertsen is an extraordinary leader in improving health care quality, and he brings terrific insight into how boards and executives can work together to make patients safer.... Read More >>

Resources on questions regarding immigration enforcement

WSHA has received some questions from members about how recent executive orders on immigration may impact how hospitals and other health care facilities provide services. While WSHA has not prepared a comprehensive response, we have some resources and information that may be useful.... Read More >>

Health inequities in rural communities

Rural communities comprise 19.3 percent of Washington State’s population. This is a rather small percentage compared to Washington’s urban population of 80.7 percent, but according to the National Rural Health Association, health care in rural communities presents challenges unlike those in urban areas. ... Read More >>

WSHA Board holds first meeting of the year

On March 3, WSHA Board Chair Elaine Couture of Providence Health & Services convened the WSHA Board for its first meeting of the year. This was also the first board meeting with new WSHA CEO Cassie Sauer at the helm. The board covered important topics including federal law changes pending with the Affordable Care Act and compliance work for the association’s Partnership for Patients contract.... Read More >>

Accountable Communities of Health begin project planning

Nathan Johnson, chief policy officer at the Health Care Authority (HCA), told the WSHA Public Policy Committee at its March meeting that the agency plans to spend $240 million this year on delivery system reform. The HCA will require the nine local Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) to submit project proposals in September. Each ACH must submit four or more projects, including one on behavioral health integration and one on opioid overuse. ... Read More >>

LEAD Academy launches

Washington Hospital Services launched the LEAD Academy this week with a session at Samaritan Healthcare. Twenty-five people from 13 different hospitals spent the day exploring strategies to move from pure management into leadership, and how to effectively lead different kinds of people. Last week, Tri-State Memorial hospital kicked-off its internal LEAD Academy, with 32 managers from across the organization participating.... Read More >>

From Inside Olympia: Bills moving to the opposite house

Wednesday, March 8 was the cutoff for bills to be voted out of their house of origin and move to the opposite house for consideration. There are a number of important bills still alive that WSHA both supports and opposes, including bills related to nurse staffing requirements, mental health providers' duty to warn, balance billing and flexibility in physician contracts.... Read More >>

MOON webinar slides, summary available

WSHA hosted a webinar February 22 providing an overview of the NOTICE Act requirements and the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notification (MOON) form. The act requires hospitals, including critical access hospitals, to notify Medicare patients who have been placed in observation status. ... Read More >>

Membership update: 3/16/2017

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

Recent member news: 3/16/2017

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

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