CMS final rules: Highlights for hospitals and Rural Health Clinics

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently finalized two sets of rules which will have significant impacts to hospitals. ... Read More >>

Save the Date: WSHA webcast on new Medicaid readmissions policy on November 28 at noon

Since August, WSHA has actively engaged with the state Health Care Authority (HCA) on a new policy that will replace the existing payment penalty for hospital with higher than average readmissions.... Read More >>

Deadline for Medicaid DSH application information November 15

The state Health Care Authority extended its deadline for disproportionate share hospital (DSH) application information to November 15. ... Read More >>

340B hospital recertification period open until December 6. Have you begun the process?

Due to technical issues, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) 340B annual hospital recertification period for 2017 is changed to November 3 through December 6. ... Read More >>

CMS extends S-10 correction deadline to January 31: Updated Resources Available

WSHA, by special arrangement with Toyon Associates, is providing a webinar recording and slides to assist hospitals interested in correcting their S-10 filings. ... Read More >>

Webcast recording on proposed appropriate use criteria now available

PARA HealthCare Financial Services recently shared detailed information about Medicare’s Proposed Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC), including guidance on what hospitals can do to prepare. ... Read More >>

Upcoming webcast offers insights and strategies for price transparency

With shifting health care costs, more patients are “shopping” for services, increasing the need for meaningful price transparency.... Read More >>

It starts with a handshake

On Tuesday night, Democrat Manka Dhingra won the election for the 45th district. Her joining of the democratic caucus will change the balance of power in the House. About $9 million poured into the most expensive legislative race in state history.... Read More >>

Raising healthy children: There’s an app for that

Any mother can likely tell you there are a lot of questions to ask when becoming a parent, about the pregnancy process and about parenthood. To help connect mothers with the answers they need, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane launched a smartphone application that helps during and after pregnancy. The app is named Circle by Providence, and it is now available on both Android and iOS devices.... Read More >>

Tax bill under consideration in House of Representatives

The House Ways and Means Committee this week is working through amendments to a sweeping tax bill that includes elimination of the tax exemption for private activity bonds and the ability to advance refund debt on a tax-exempt basis. This would be damaging to Washington State’s nonprofit hospitals and health systems, as well as public hospitals.... Read More >>

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