What the 2018 election means for health care in Washington State

The 2018 midterm elections have now passed, changing the federal political landscape for health care. In Congress, the House of Representatives has shifted to Democratic control, though Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate. At the state level, Democrats appear to be expanding their majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.... Read More >>

DOH seeking comments, hosting second workshop on changes to hospital construction review standards

As part of its rulemaking on hospital construction review standards, the Department of Health (DOH) is currently seeking comments on specific proposed changes based on relevant national standards contained in the 2018 Facility Guideline Institute (FGI) Guidelines. Comments are due November 21.... Read More >>

WSHA re-launches State Regulatory Issues webpage, State Rules Tracker

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has re-launched its State Regulatory Issues webpage, which provides members a comprehensive view of state rulemaking activities that affect them. The webpage includes a link to WSHA’s Top Priority State Rules Tracker, which shows the highest-priority rulemaking activities impacting hospitals and health systems.... Read More >>

WSHA comments on proposed L&I rules on overtime pay

WSHA recently responded to a request for comment on pre-draft proposed rules by the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) that would expand the class of workers who qualify for overtime pay. Among other changes, the proposed changes would lower the number of Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) workers who are currently exempt from overtime pay laws by raising the minimum salary thresholds for these roles, which also include outside sales and computer professionals.... Read More >>

AHA resources: United Against the Flu, open enrollment

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released toolkits for its United Against the Flu campaign and open enrollment, with sample messages to spread awareness through social media.... Read More >>

Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers changes name

The Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers has changed its name to the Washington Association for Community Health.... Read More >>

Charity care rulemaking underway: WSHA holding member webcasts

WSHA will hold two webcasts to discuss the Department of Health’s charity care rulemaking.... Read More >>

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

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

CMS Finalizes Outpatient Hospital Rule Implementing Site Neutral Clinic Cuts

Last week, CMS finalized its outpatient hospital payment rule to apply site-neutral cuts to office visit services at grandfathered off-campus hospital-based clinic locations.... Read More >>

53 Hospitals Complete SFY 2019 DSH Applications

With WSHA’s help, 53 hospitals successfully completed applications making them eligible for consideration for federally matched Medicaid Disproportional Share Hospital (DSH) funding for state fiscal year 2019.... Read More >>

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