Health Care Authority submits 2018 supplemental budget requests

The Health Care Authority’s 2018 supplemental budget decision packages are out. ... Read More >>

340B hospital recertification begins October 24. Are you prepared to be recertified?

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) 340B annual hospital recertification period for 2017 will occur October 24 through November 21, 2017.... Read More >>

WSHA urges OIC to make changes to rulemaking on alternative authorization processes

On October 3, WSHA staff testified at the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) stakeholder hearing on regulating alternative authorization processes, otherwise known as “goldcarding.” ... Read More >>

Response needed: Rural health clinics may elect direct payment of encounter rates by Medicaid managed care plans

The Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) is implementing a change to enable a rural health clinics to request to get paid their encounter rate by the Medicaid managed care plans rather than the current combination of plan payment, enhancement payments, and reconciliation process. ... Read More >>

CMS extends date for S-10 uncompensated care corrections to October 31; WSHA provides webinar

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is extending the deadline until October 31, 2017 for correction to the S-10 forms completed by hospitals. ... Read More >>

Hospital licensing fee increase of $15 per bed effective November 30

Hospitals are beginning to receive hospital bed licensure renewals, reflecting the $15 per bed increase WSHA noted in this July FW article.... Read More >>

HCA to revise Medicaid readmissions payment policy!

WSHA and member hospitals are participating a stakeholder group, along with the Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) to discuss HCA’s plan to revise its payment policy for potentially preventable hospital readmissions.... Read More >>

WSHA opposes cuts to 340B payments, hospital clinic cuts; supports RHC codes for behavioral health integration

WSHA submitted a comment letter strongly opposing provisions in CMS’s proposed outpatient rule that would reduce by 25 percent payments for outpatient drugs provided by 340B eligible hospitals.... Read More >>

Input needed: HCA to revise Medicaid readmissions payment policy!

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is revisiting its payment policy for potentially preventable readmissions for hospitals and Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs).... Read More >>

WSHA raises concerns on OIC goldcarding rulemaking

WSHA, as part of the Washington Healthcare Forum, expressed concerns in a letter about a recent proposal from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) to issue new rules on the practice of goldcarding.  Goldcarding, which allows for an expedited prior authorization process, reduces administrative costs for hospitals and plans and reduces hassles and wait... Read More >>

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