Legislators Continue Work on Balance Billing Legislation

Despite the end of the regular legislative session, work continues on legislation regarding balance billing of patients that receive services from a provider not contracted with their health plan. HB 2114 earlier passed the House but was not voted by the full Senate.... Read More >>

New Quality Payment Program (aka MACRA) Tool Available

A new lookup tool is available that will allow providers to check if a clinician or group who bills Medicare meets the volume thresholds and will need to submit quality data under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The Medicare Administrative Contractors sent notices to qualifying entities via mail. Providers can check online by entering a provider or group’s national provider identifier on the Quality Payment Program website. ... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Hospital Finance Staff with Hospital Specific Analyses of Federal Changes

WSHA recently produced and sent a series of hospital-specific analyses, described below, to the chief financial officer or other designated finance persons at each of our member hospitals.... Read More >>

WSHA Industry Partner Offers Financial Flexibility Options through Refurbished Equipment Lease Arrangements

WSHA industry partner Meridian Healthcare believes lease arrangements of new or used medical equipment can provide hospitals and other medical organizations the ability to meet equipment needs in a flexible and cost-effective manner, particularly as needs change quickly in today’s dynamic environment. ... Read More >>

Legislature Heads Into Special Session

The 2017 Washington regular legislative session officially adjourned on Sunday, April 23rd. However, Governor Jay Inslee immediately called the Legislature back into special session to negotiate a solution to the 2017-2019 operating budget. The House and Senate remain far apart on the total spending amount and funding mechanisms for the budget.... Read More >>

Capital Budgets Include Major Funding for Mental Health and Dental Access

The state House and Senate capital budgets contain major investments for community projects to increase access to mental health services across the care continuum. WSHA is very pleased to see these funding levels that will help spur new services for some of the most complex patients. ... Read More >>

HCA Considers New Bundles; WSHA Encourages Feedback for the RFI

The Health Care Authority is committed to moving forward with a push on value-based purchasing, including implementing payment bundles for its state employee program and possible for Medicaid. Now is the time to provide feedback to the HCA as it considers where the program should head in the future. ... Read More >>

Accountable Communities of Health Seek Provider Input for Medicaid Transformation Projects

The nine Accountable Communities of Health are in the process of designing and selecting projects this summer related to the Healthier Washington Demonstration, with applications to be submitted by September. Over the next five years, the state Health Care Authority will be distributing up to $1.1 billion through the Heathier Washington demonstration.... Read More >>

House and Senate approve their respective budgets: no cuts, health initiatives funded

The Washington State House and Senate have now each passed their respective budgets. WSHA supports the spending plans of both the House and Senate, both of which put important resources into health care, most prominently making improvements to the behavioral health system.... Read More >>

Providers mandated to participate in HCA’s Link4Health Clinical Data Repository

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is building a new data depository, the Link4Health Clinical Data Repository (CDR) to allow providers to access certain Medicaid patient clinical records from other providers and facilities.... Read More >>

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