Get your red out this Friday

Nearly half a million American women will die this year from heart disease. It is the single highest killer of American women. But there is good news. According to the American Heart Association, more than 75 percent of these deaths may be prevented.... Read More >>

An expansion to serve a growing community

Gig Harbor is anticipating at least a 3 percent growth in population in the coming years. To care for this expected influx of residents, CHI Franciscan’s St. Anthony Hospital has expanded its operation. Earlier this month, the hospital opened its state-of-the-art fifth floor that will serve as its surgical suite, adding 32 more patient beds that increase the hospital’s overall capacity by nearly 40 percent.... Read More >>

First cutoff Friday in legislative session

Friday, February 2 is the first cutoff for policy bills to leave their committees in Olympia. While we never say a bill is dead until the legislature adjourns, this is an important milestone in the session... Read More >>

WSHA in the news: Crosscut

WSHA was cited in the news this week in the Crosscut editorial “Where a divided Washington can find common ground: Health care.” ... Read More >>

Webcast Feb. 13 on improving efficiency between health sector, communities

Bridging Health & Community is collaborating with Jefferson Healthcare and WSHA to provide a webinar from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, February 13 about the tool it’s developed to help the health sector work more effectively with communities. ... Read More >>

Pain task force endorses alternatives to opioids

Acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, music therapy, massage and mindfulness, once considered alternative therapies, have earned the endorsement of a national task force on pain relief. Dr. Heather Tick, a clinical associate professor of family medicine and of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, is the lead author of the paper calling for a reform in pain treatment.... Read More >>

Promising practices for improving hospital patient safety culture

Researchers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently looked at promising practices for improving hospital patient safety culture, looking at results from 536 hospitals during a 7-year period.... Read More >>

Foster McGaw prize application period now open

The American Hospital Association, along with Baxter International Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, is accepting applications through April 6 for the 2018 Foster G. McGaw Prize.... Read More >>

HCA to issue next VBP bundle

The Health Care Authority has reported it plans to issue the next RFP for a payment bundle for public employees in mid-February. The bundle will include services for spinal fusion. The HCA plans to contract for one or more centers of excellence.... Read More >>

Join the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, has launched the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR). This new surgical quality improvement program is funded and guided by AHRQ.... Read More >>

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