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Updated in October 2014: The Guide for Cooperation is jointly developed by hospital, physician and media organizations to provide a common understanding of how state and federal law affect the handling of patient information. The Guide also provides uniform guidelines under which hospitals and physicians will cooperate with news outlets to provide accurate, timely coverage of medical and other health-related events in Washington state. 

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2014 Legislative Summary and Policy Preview

This publication summarizes the results of key policy and budget issues impact hospitals and health systems during the 2013 Washington State Legislative Session. The book also includes a preview of policy issues coming up in the year ahead.

http://www.wsha.org/files/65/WSHA_2014_LegislativeSummary_FNL.pdf

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2013 Legislative Summary and Policy Preview 

This publication summarizes the results of key policy and budget issues impact hospitals and health systems during the 2013 Washington State Legislative Session. The book also includes a preview of policy issues coming up in the year ahead. 

http://www.wsha.org/files/62/2013%20WSHA%20Legislative%20Summary.pdf

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 Outreach and Enrollment Guide

This document is designed to help hospitals and health systems get the word out to their communities about the new health insurance exchange. The guide contains best practices and resources. 

http://www.wsha.org/files/WSHA_OutreachEnrollGuide_2.pdf 


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20 Questions Booklet

A great tool for all Board members covering leadership questions ranging from fiduciary awareness and quality to effective leadership and strategic planning. Add this to your Board orientation toolkit and you'll be off to a great start!

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Ebola Precautions Signage

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Emergency Room Patient Education Brochure

Downloadable version of the guide to help patients determine the best place to go for health care
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Emergency Room Patient Education Brochure - Spanish

Downloadable version of the guide to help patients determine the best place to go for health care

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Emergency Room Patient Education Brochure - Vietnamese

Downloadable version of the guide to help patients determine the best place to go for health care
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 Emergency Room Patient Education Brochure - Russian

Emergency Room Patient Education Brochure - Russian

Downloadable version of the guide to help patients determine the best place to go for health care
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Potentially Avoidable Emergency Room Use

Downloadable version of ER Report developed by WSHA's Health Information Program, February 2011.
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Safety of Newborns Sign

This sign was is in compliance with the Safety of Newborn Children Law. Sign indicates that the hospital or clinic is an appropriate place for the safe and legal transfer of a newborn. Suggested locations: emergency room admissions areas, pediatric units, and outside the emergency room doors.

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POLST Form

For patients not expected to live beyond one year. This form is intended for download by physicians. If you download, it is a state standard to have this form printed on bright green paper.

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I-1000 Brochure

This brochure provides a summary and overview of the Death With Dignity Act, also known as I-1000.

Emergency Room Use Report

This report published by WSHA's Health Information Program in fall 2010, explores the use of emergency room services in Washington State

 

Ambulatory Care Use Report

This report is the first of its kind for Washington State and provides a glimpse into the use of ambulatory care services. Using data from the Puget Sound Health Alliance, WSHA's Health Information Program analyzed eight outpatient service lines in five western Washington counties.

 

Environmental Scan

Published by WSHA's Health Information Program, this report provides a snapshot of the environment hospitals operate in.

Hospital and Law Enforcement: Guide to Disclosure of Protected Health Information, 6th Edition (September 2014)

This guide helps hospitals navigate the challenges of the intersection of HIPAA and state law when disclosing protected health information to law enforcement. A variety of law enforcement scenarios are discussed. A model patient authorization form is provided.

 

2010 Consent Manual

Downloadable version of 2010 Consent Manual
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Right to Request Estimated Charges - Spanish Version

Customizable signage informing patients of their right to request cost estimates for services rendered.

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Right to Request Estimated Charges - Signage

Customizable signage informing patients of their right to request cost estimates for services rendered.

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Standard signage informing patients of their right to request cost estimates for services rendered.

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Washington Health Law Manual - Third Edition

The 2007 publication of the Washington Health Law Manual marks its third edition. The manual was previously published in 1996 and 1998. The goal of this publication is to provide a comprehensive, objective and unbiased reference that is pertinent to and user-friendly for health care managers, practitioners, and attorneys in Washington State.

Chapters will be posted in PDF format as they are completed or updated.

Leading the Way on Financial Assistance: Charity Care, Discounts, Billing Information, and Hospital Charges

The Washington State Hospital Association and its member hospitals are undertaking a major new initiative to increase access to hospital financial assistance and improve information to patients about that assistance. This report describes WSHA's initiative, gives facts about hospital charity care, and outlines what legislators can do to help.

Financial Assistance Signs

To help hospitals in their charity care/financial assistance efforts, WSHA created new signs about financial assistance and has translated them into other languages. One version of the sign has English and Spanish. The other version has English, plus the eight languages used by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services: Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Simplified Chinese (Cantonese), Traditional Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Cambodian, and Laotian. There is space at the bottom of the sign for the hospital to add its logo and the contact information for the financial assistance office. No charge to hospitals. Poster Size: 11x17

Understanding Your Hospital Bill

Beginning June 7, 2006, a new state law requires hospitals to give each inpatient on or before discharge a written statement providing a list of professional partners that commonly provide care for patients at the hospital and from whom the patient may receive a bill. WSHA has produced materials to help hospitals comply with the new law.

These materials consist of the "Understanding Your Hospital Bill" brochure as well as a templates and instructions for creating a customized insert with the information applicable to your hospital. Samples of the English brochures will be mailed on or before May 26th. Spanish brochures will be available on or before June 2nd. You may pre-order copies of either version from our online bookstore.

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Hand Hygiene Materials

As a part of our ongoing efforts to improve patient safety, WSHA has created materials to educate patients and providers about the importance of hand hygiene. Materials available are Staff Training brochures, Patient education brochures in English and Spanish, table tents printed in both English and Spanish, posters, and "Ask me about handwashing" staff stickers. We are providing these materials to members for distribution to patients and hospital staff.



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Washington Hospitals: A Century of Service 1858 -1958

One of the perhaps few but great historical works about Washington state hospitals was authored by John Bigelow, the first chief executive officer of the Washington State Hospital Association. WSHA published Washington Hospitals: A Century of Service 1858 -1958 in November 1957. Scholars can learn a fair amount about Mother Joseph's wonderful pioneering efforts to build hospitals and care for the ill in the territory. The curious can learn about hospitals that no longer exist. Readers of history will enjoy the stories related by John Bigelow.

Organizations Assisting Rural Hospital in Washington State: A Resource Guide

This resource guide provides an easy way for rural hospitals, health clinics and health care practitioners to navigate the many services and programs made available to them by organizations working to improve rural health in Washington State. The guide includes information on programs providing assistance in the areas of advocacy, education, grant assistance, health professions education and training, staff recruitment and retention, access to care and insurance, and technical assistance.

Mental Health Advance Directives

A brochure to be given to patients. It answers key questions and provides resources for patients who want to have a mental health advance directive. Providing the brochure to patients on admission will help hospitals meet the community education requirement of the Patient Self-Determination Act.

 

Washington State HIPAA Preemption Analysis

An in-depth legal analysis of Washington law as it relates to the privacy mandates stemming from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The report provides narrative analysis of each applicable section of Washington law with recommendations as to which Washington laws are superceded by HIPAA and which remain in effect.

Washington Hospitals: Congressional & Legislative Guide

Every ten years, Washington state must determine the state's congressional and legislative district boundaries. In early 2002 the independent, bipartisan Redistricting Commission completed its task of redrawing each of the state's districts based on the 2000 U.S. Census. The new district boundaries are in effect beginning with the 2002 fall elections and will be in effect until the 2012 fall elections.