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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to talk about the life you want to live

Being Mortal was recently released in paperback, so Dr. Atul Gawande was in the spotlight again talking about end of life. On “CBS This Morning,” he clarified, “The goal is a good life all the way 'til the very end.”... Read More >>

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) reporting period is underway

October 2 was the last day to start your 90-day reporting period, and March 31, 2018 is the deadline to attest. However, it's not too late to avoid a 4 percent penalty in 2019 by submitting one quality measure, one improvement activity or the base score of the Advancing Care Information Category. ... Read More >>

Reminder: Nov. 30 deadline for hospitals to avoid EHR payment adjustment

Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through November 30 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. ... Read More >>

Open Enrollment Surging

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange reported November 9 that more than 320,000 visitors have reviewed their coverage options at Washington Healthplanfinder since the start of open enrollment November 1. This traffic during the first week represents a 24 percent increase in visits to the state’s health insurance marketplace during the same period last year. ... Read More >>

Recent member news: 11/16/17

Recent member news from November 16, 2017... 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. A recording of the webcast is now available for viewing and download.... Read More >>

Contact your member of Congress to express support for protecting the tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds and advance refundings

The House of Representatives is set to vote on Thursday on a sweeping tax plan that would affect non-profit hospitals and public hospital districts and the patients they serve. Yesterday, WSHA sent a letter to the our state's representatives urging their support of tax-exempt private activity and advance refunding bonds. ... Read More >>

NEW MEDICAID POLICY FOR READMISSIONS: EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018

The purpose of this bulletin is to communicate a new payment policy by the state Health Care Authority (HCA) impacting Medicaid readmissions within 14 days after discharge.... Read More >>

GOP tax reform proposal includes provisions damaging to Washington’s non-profit and public hospitals

On November 2, House Republican leaders unveiled a sweeping tax plan that would affect non-profit hospitals/health systems and public hospitals districts and the patients they serve. ... Read More >>

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 >>

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