CMS 2019 IPPS Final Rule Transparency Requirement

The purpose of this bulletin is to alert hospitals to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement for all hospitals regarding transparency and posting of standard charges as reflected in the chargemaster... Read More >>

Washington’s L&I releases revised draft on overtime employment rules

The purpose of this bulletin is to update members about rulemaking activity by Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) regarding overtime pay eligibility for Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) workers.... Read More >>

The Notice of Treatment Options Requirement under Parent-Initiated Treatment (PIT) of Minors

The purpose of this bulletin is to remind hospitals of their obligation to provide parents/guardians seeking mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) treatment or evaluation for a minor child notice of all legally available treatment options, per RCW 71.34.375.... Read More >>

AHA 34OB Pledge: WSHA Encourages Hospitals to Sign Up

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform 340B hospitals of an American Hospital Association (AHA) initiative to help protect the 340B drug discount program and encourage hospitals to participate in the initiative. ... Read More >>

Notice of delay in newborn screening testing and reports from state lab

The purpose of this bulletin is to notify hospitals that the Washington State Newborn Screening Program is not currently able to complete newborn screening tests for one of the conditions required by state law. As a result, the program is not sending out printed screening reports. ... Read More >>

Washington’s Department of Labor rulemaking: raising the salary threshold for exempt workers and changing duties

The purpose of this bulletin is to advise members that the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is engaged in a rulemaking process that could expand the class of workers who qualify for overtime pay. This bulletin outlines the proposed changes, ways to participate and WSHA’s activity with this rulemaking.... Read More >>

New Toolkit to Support Successful Implementation of the 2017 Nurse Staffing Committee Law

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide new tools and resources for nurse staffing committees to help ensure compliance and success under the 2017 nurse staffing law – HB 1714. All hospitals are required to have a nurse staffing committee and significant portions of the new law take effect on January 1, 2019.... Read More >>

Effective October 1: Changes to State Charity Care Law

The purpose of this bulletin is to remind hospitals of changes to the state charity care law, RCW 70.170. The new law, Senate Bill (SB) 6273, takes effect October 1, 2018 and all hospitals must comply as of this date.... Read More >>

Input Needed on Washington State’s Health Care Workforce Survey

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform you of Washington State’s health care workforce survey and to encourage hospitals and health systems to complete the survey by August 31. ... 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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