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 >>

New Emergency Rule for Less Restrictive Alternative Order Revocations

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals of the new emergency rule for single bed certification... Read More >>

New Regulations under 42 CFR Part 2 (Substance Use Disorder Records) and New Guidance on the HIPAA Privacy Rule (Mental Health Information)

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an update on new regulations under 42 CFR Part 2 (“Part 2”).... Read More >>

New Law: Effective April 1, 2018 – Involuntary Treatment Act Applies to Patients with Substance Use Disorders

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information to hospitals about new requirements under the Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) that take effect April 1, 2018.... Read More >>

Verification of State’s Data in All Payer Claims Database

We are emphasizing the importance of your participation in the review process being offered by the state’s All Payers Claims Database (APCD). This is your chance to review and reconcile data that will be made public on the “cost” and quality of your facility and the quality of your primary care practices.... 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 >>

The State’s Medicaid Requirements for a Clinical Data Repository

To provide information on Medicaid hospital and provider requirements to participate in the state’s clinical data repository. ... Read More >>

State’s All Payer Claims Database

To provide a status report on the Washington all payer claims database, to encourage you to review the claims data for your hospital, and to have a member of your staff participate in a WSHA webinar on September 26th.... Read More >>

Potential ACH Strategies for Providers Addressing the Opioid Crisis

The purpose of this bulletin is to offer a set of strategies that can help hospitals, health systems, and independent/group practices and Accountable Communities of Health (ACH) address the opioid crisis.... Read More >>

$15 per bed increase in hospital licensing fees to cover fire safety inspections

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information about a proposed increase in licensing fees for hospitals.... Read More >>

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