DOH recruiting for assistant secretary

The Washington State Department of Health is recruiting for an assistant secretary, who will work directly with the secretary of health and members of the agency executive team on high-level policy and strategic issues.... Read More >>

CMS Outpatient Proposed Rule Includes Cuts to Grandfathered Off-Campus Clinics

The Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule released last week by CMS includes provisions that would dramatically reduce Medicare payments for most off-campus hospital clinic services.... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Hospitals with Hospital Safety Net Assessment Program Summaries

WSHA recently sent to CEOs, CFOs, and Government Affairs staff of member hospitals summaries of assessments and payments under the Hospital Safety Net Assessment program for state fiscal year 2018, and projections of assessments and estimated payments for state fiscal year 2019.... Read More >>

WSMA Provides Referral Resources for Foundational Community Supports Program

New resources are available to help vulnerable patients obtain and maintain stable housing and employment. ... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Updates Substance Abuse Disorder Billing Guide

The Health Care Authority recently updated its Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) Billing Guide to conform with federal requirements. ... Read More >>

Comments needed on Washington State Medical Commission’s proposed opioid prescribing

The Medical Quality Assurance Commission (MQAC) is seeking comments on its newly released proposed rule on opioid prescribing, as required by House Bill 1427. The current proposal is drastically improved from previous iterations, but WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association’s Opioid Taskforce are still concerned about the volume of administrative burden and liabilities the rules place on providers and hospitals.... Read More >>

DOH to offer buprenorphine waiver trainings for opioid treatment

Completing one of the four-hour in-person courses and a four-hour online follow-up course allows physicians to prescribe buprenorphine for office-based treatment of opioid use disorder.... Read More >>

CMS to provide hospital-specific reports to review two disparity methods

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has notified hospitals that it will provide confidential hospital-specific reports to review two disparity methods that assess hospital performance for patients with social risk factors in Hospital 30-day, All-Cause, Risk-Standardized Readmission Rate Following Pneumonia Hospitalization.... Read More >>

Arcora Foundation selected to improve oral care for Washington Medicaid recipients

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) has selected the Arcora Foundation — the foundation of Delta Dental of Washington — as an “Apparently Successful Bidder” for the Medicaid Dental Managed Care Request for Proposal. Per the selection, the Arcora Foundation, in partnership with Delta Dental of California and Delta Dental of Washington, will work with HCA and providers across the state to improve oral health care for Medicaid recipients in Washington.... Read More >>

Comments Needed on the Washington State Medical Commission’s Proposed Opioid Prescribing Rule

Purpose  The purpose of this bulletin is to share WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association’s (WSMA) official comments and concerns on the Washington State Medical Commission (MQAC) proposed rule on opioid prescribing. We also strongly encourage hospitals and health systems or your medical group to submit comments directly to MQAC by August 16. Applicability/Scope ... Read More >>

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