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 >>

Legislators Continue Work on Balance Billing Legislation

Despite the end of the regular legislative session, work continues on legislation regarding balance billing of patients that receive services from a provider not contracted with their health plan. HB 2114 earlier passed the House but was not voted by the full Senate.... Read More >>

New Quality Payment Program (aka MACRA) Tool Available

A new lookup tool is available that will allow providers to check if a clinician or group who bills Medicare meets the volume thresholds and will need to submit quality data under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The Medicare Administrative Contractors sent notices to qualifying entities via mail. Providers can check online by entering a provider or group’s national provider identifier on the Quality Payment Program website. ... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Hospital Finance Staff with Hospital Specific Analyses of Federal Changes

WSHA recently produced and sent a series of hospital-specific analyses, described below, to the chief financial officer or other designated finance persons at each of our member hospitals.... Read More >>

WSHA Industry Partner Offers Financial Flexibility Options through Refurbished Equipment Lease Arrangements

WSHA industry partner Meridian Healthcare believes lease arrangements of new or used medical equipment can provide hospitals and other medical organizations the ability to meet equipment needs in a flexible and cost-effective manner, particularly as needs change quickly in today’s dynamic environment. ... Read More >>

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

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed House Bill 1427 to enact several recommendations made by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force. The bill will help cities and counties across the state confront the epidemic by lowering barriers to treatment and reducing wait lists for treatment. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Eileen Cody, will give health care providers more information about their prescribing practices to boost the use of best practices.... Read More >>

New Resources for Behavioral Health Integration into Primary Care: May 17, 2017

Washington State has a unique opportunity to accelerate integration of behavioral health into primary care practices. The state has been awarded a Medicaid demonstration project to transform clinical care with up front resources available to providers to build capacity and change clinical work flows. This webinar focused on the two options for evidence-based integrated behavioral health that are outlined in Project 2A of the Medicaid Transformation Toolkit.... Read More >>

Thank you nurses for all you do

This week not only marks National Hospital Week, but it also marks National Nurses Week! We use this time each year as an opportunity to say thank you to all the dedicated nurses across our state, because they are central to our health care system. They work tremendously hard to care for us and our families, and help keep us healthy.... Read More >>

Room to grow, patients to care for

Ten years ago, EvergreenHealth built the eight-story Silver Tower on its Kirkland campus, opening the building with five completed floors and three shells ready to be used at a later date, in anticipation of increasing growth and community need. Now, the health system has taken advantage of much of the space it set aside, opening a Cardiovascular & Neurosurgical Care Unit in April.... Read More >>

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