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WSHA’s work helps prevent 8,000 deaths nationally

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) reported June 5 that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) initiatives have been successful in making care safer across the country. WSHA serves as one of CMS’s HIIN partners.... Read More >>

Health insurers file plans for 2019 marketplace

Eleven health insurers have filed 74 health plans for Washington State’s 2019 individual and family health insurance market with an average rate increase of 19.08 percent. There are no bare counties, though 14 counties will have only one insurer selling through the exchange.... Read More >>

MultiCare Covington opens doors to inpatient hospital

MultiCare Health System opened the doors to its new inpatient hospital at Covington Medical Center on April 24. ... Read More >>

Washington Health Benefit Exchange lowers carrier assessment rate by 55 percent

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced April 19 that it is lowering its carrier assessment rate by 55 percent, from $7.46 to $3.36 per member per month, on all 2019 health plans purchased through Washington Healthplanfinder. ... Read More >>

Feeling blessed for our health care system

I spent last week on a medical mission in Nicaragua with my family and a team of providers, offering medical care to residents of several villages near our home base in San Ramon. It's been an annual tradition for us for the last five years, and a rewarding way to give back using my abilities as a nurse. ... Read More >>

Odessa Memorial gives UW students a taste of rural health care for spring break

For many, the best way to really see what a career is like and whether it would be a good fit is to do a job shadow. For more than a decade, Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center has offered this experience to UW students interested in health care through the UW Health Care Alternative Spring Break.... Read More >>

WSHA in the news: Modern Healthcare

WSHA was recently featured in an article in Modern Healthcare! Our initiative launched in 2012 to help hospitals share information with one another — initially to create a standard set of practices to lower the frequency of unnecessary visits — has served as the basis for other programs across the country. ... Read More >>

Gov. Inslee declares April 16 Healthcare Decisions Day

Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed April 16, 2018, as Healthcare Decisions Day in Washington. The day recognized the need for and efforts to encourage individuals to discuss and record choices ahead of time regarding future medical treatment — known as advance care planning — and to have those wishes honored.... Read More >>

Gov. Inslee proclaims April 16 Healthcare Decisions Day

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed April 16, 2018, as Healthcare Decisions Day in Washington. The day recognizes the need for and efforts to encourage individuals to discuss and record choices ahead of time regarding future medical treatment — known as advance care planning — and to have those wishes honored.... Read More >>

Mary Bridge child life specialists make the hospital less frightening for young patients

The hospital can be a frightening place for young patients, not knowing what to expect with procedures or what might happen next. At Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, a team of child life specialists work to make the hospital less scary for patients, working with them throughout their stay to help them know what to expect, and even bring a little fun into the hospital.... Read More >>

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