FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolone antibiotics

The FDA recently announced it will update labels for fluoroquinolone antibiotics to increase warnings about the risks of associated adverse mental health effects and serious blood sugar disturbances. The agency is stating that the updates aim to make the warnings more consistent across all labels for fluroquinolone that are taken orally or injected.... Read More >>

Harrison Medical Center’s Silverdale expansion focuses on sustainability

In 2015, Ronn Goodnough learned he had cancer for the second time in four years. Such news never comes at a good time, but Ronn’s arrived while he was serving as the clinical lead for Harrison Medical Center’s Acute Care Expansion Project, which is expanding the medical center’s campus in Silverdale.... Read More >>

WSHA/WSMA opioid taskforce given a seat at roundtable with surgeon general

WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association’s (WSMA’s) joint opioid taskforce was granted a seat at a private meeting with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams in Seattle June 29. The meeting included just 25 individuals representing local and government agencies, with WSMA Associate Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs Jeb Shepard representing the WSHA/WSMA taskforce.... Read More >>

Kicking off the 2018 PAC campaign

The 2018 PAC campaign is officially underway! Please be on the lookout for the solicitation packets that were recently sent to all administrators. Under the endorsement and encouragement of the WSHA Board of Trustees and the WSHA Public Policy Committee, we have set an ambitious goal of raising $300,000 this year.... Read More >>

WSHA provides webinar on charity care law changes

Last month, WSHA staff provided a webinar to inform hospital staff about upcoming changes to the charity care law that go into effect October 1. The webinar focused on the steps hospitals need to take to comply with new requirements and resources to help members meet new obligations.... Read More >>

Waiver amendment allows WA to better serve patients with substance use disorders

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced on July 17 final federal approval of an amendment to the state’s Medicaid Transformation waiver, ensuring the state can continue treating substance use disorders in the most appropriate way.... Read More >>

Membership update: 7/19/18

Membership update from the July 19, 2018 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 7/19/18

Recent member news from the July 19, 2018 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Webcast: Best practices in use of agency staff

All hospitals occasionally need access to supplemental staffing. When the need arises, how can you be sure you have the people in place when you need them? Please join us for one of two educational webcasts, repeated July 24 and July 26, addressing best practices in using agency staff.... Read More >>

DOH launches drug take-back webpage

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has a launched a webpage for the state’s Drug Take-Back Program. The page provides information about the program and contact information. WSHA supported drug take-back legislation to keep our communities safe.... Read More >>

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