WSHA advances new nurse staffing legislation in 2019

Nurses are critical to the delivery of safe and quality care in Washington state, and it is important that nurses are not fatigued. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is advancing a new bill, Senate Bill 5344, Concerning Nurse Fatigue, for the 2019 legislative session to address concerns about missed meal or breaks and nurse fatigue.... Read More >>

Providence Health Care introduces K9 security program

Providence Health Care is launching the first K9 security program in a Washington hospital. The program is part of an ongoing workplace violence protection effort by the health system.... Read More >>

Introducing the WSHA Governance Education Program

Beginning in 2019, WSHA is launching its Governance Education Program. This new service, offered exclusively for member CEOs and board members, will increase knowledge and understanding of hospital governance in Washington State, and assist CEOs and board leaders in assessing and enhancing board effectiveness.... Read More >>

WSHA Confirms Government Shutdown Will not affect Medicare and Medicaid Payments

WSHA contacted and received confirmation from Noridian Healthcare Solutions that the partial federal shutdown should cause no disruptions to Medicare payments. ... Read More >>

WSHA Raises Concerns on Second Pre-Proposal Rule Changes to Exempt Employees

WSHA recently commented with concerns about the second pre-draft rules by the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) that would expand the class of workers who qualify for overtime pay. ... Read More >>

WSHA Releases its January 2019 State Regulatory Issues Update

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its January 2019 state regulatory update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage.... Read More >>

Court Rules Medicare Cut to 340B Drug Payment Unlawful

On Dec. 27, a federal judge ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) nearly 30-percent cut to Medicare payment rates for many hospitals participating in the 340B drug discount program was unlawful.... Read More >>

CMS Requires some Hospital Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories to Collect and Report Private Payor Rates

Section 216 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA), requires certain clinical laboratories to collect and provide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) information regarding commercial payor rates for purposes of calculating the Medicare Clinical Lab Fee Schedule.... Read More >>

WSHA analyzes state’s rural model

The Health Care Authority has begun to provide additional information for the 52 rural hospitals in Washington on its multi-payer proposal to revise Medicaid, Medicare and commercial payment. ... Read More >>

Statewide trainings available for sexual assault nurse examiners

The Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress is offering several trainings across the state for sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs). ... Read More >>

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