Health Care Authority submits 2018 supplemental budget requests

The Health Care Authority’s 2018 supplemental budget decision packages are out. ... Read More >>

340B hospital recertification begins October 24. Are you prepared to be recertified?

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) 340B annual hospital recertification period for 2017 will occur October 24 through November 21, 2017.... Read More >>

WSHA urges OIC to make changes to rulemaking on alternative authorization processes

On October 3, WSHA staff testified at the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) stakeholder hearing on regulating alternative authorization processes, otherwise known as “goldcarding.” ... Read More >>

Avoiding the flu

WHSA has been partnering with hospitals across Washington and Alaska to increase flu immunizations in health care personnel in an effort to prevent transmission, absenteeism and presenteeism. We reached an astounding 87.5 percent vaccination rate for 2016-2017 and are striving for even more vaccinations this season.... Read More >>

Congratulations Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis for winning the Joe Hopkins Memorial Award!

WSHA would like to congratulate Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis for being the recipient of the 2017 Joe Hopkins Memorial Award! The award, given at last week’s Annual Meeting, recognizes his leadership in his community and his strong advocacy for a better health care system for all Washington State residents.... Read More >>

Congratulations Community Health Leadership Award winners!

WSHA would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2017 Community Health Leadership Award! The award is given annually to health care organizations that are serving their communities’ broader health needs in innovative and lasting ways. The recipients aren’t just serving their patients, but they are making their entire communities healthier.... Read More >>

Resources available to promote open enrollment

The 2017 open enrollment period to apply for health insurance coverage for 2018 will be from November 1 to December 15. This year’s open enrollment period is shorter than it has been in the past, and the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange have resources to help you inform your communities of this year’s changes and the importance of enrolling in a health insurance plan, as well as logistical details and tips for renewing coverage.... Read More >>

New research demonstrates that epidurals do not increase the length of labor

In the United States, approximately 61 percent of women giving birth receive an epidural or spinal anesthesia for pain relief in labor. The administration of this medication has often been blamed for an increased length of labor. However, a double-blinded, randomized control trial was published October 10 in Obstetrics and Gynecology, which demonstrated that epidurals have no effect on the length of the second stage of labor (10cm to delivery of the infant).... Read More >>

AHA TV ad aimed at protecting 340B program

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has created an ad aimed at protecting the 340B Drug Discount Program.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 10/18/2017

Recent member news from the October 18 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

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