Changes to WSHA’s government affairs leadership

As we communicated to members this spring, WSHA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Chris Bandoli will leave his role at WSHA August 10, becoming a full-time lobbyist in Olympia. We are pleased to announce that Chelene Whiteaker, most recently WSHA’s Senior Director of Policy Development, will take over the position.... Read More >>

WSHA/WSMA opioid taskforce given a seat at roundtable with surgeon general

WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association’s (WSMA’s) joint opioid taskforce was granted a seat at a private meeting with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams in Seattle June 29. The meeting included just 25 individuals representing local and government agencies, with WSMA Associate Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs Jeb Shepard representing the WSHA/WSMA taskforce.... Read More >>

Kicking off the 2018 PAC campaign

The 2018 PAC campaign is officially underway! Please be on the lookout for the solicitation packets that were recently sent to all administrators. Under the endorsement and encouragement of the WSHA Board of Trustees and the WSHA Public Policy Committee, we have set an ambitious goal of raising $300,000 this year.... Read More >>

WSHA provides webinar on charity care law changes

Last month, WSHA staff provided a webinar to inform hospital staff about upcoming changes to the charity care law that go into effect October 1. The webinar focused on the steps hospitals need to take to comply with new requirements and resources to help members meet new obligations.... Read More >>

Waiver amendment allows WA to better serve patients with substance use disorders

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced on July 17 final federal approval of an amendment to the state’s Medicaid Transformation waiver, ensuring the state can continue treating substance use disorders in the most appropriate way.... Read More >>

DOH launches drug take-back webpage

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has a launched a webpage for the state’s Drug Take-Back Program. The page provides information about the program and contact information. WSHA supported drug take-back legislation to keep our communities safe.... Read More >>

2019 DSH Application Deadline August 1

The state Health Care Authority has begun the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) application process for hospitals other than those participating in the certified public expenditures (CPE) program.... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Webinar on Charity Care Law Changes

Last month, WSHA staff provided a webinar to inform hospital staff about upcoming changes to the charity care law that go into effect October 1, 2018.... Read More >>

Washington State Launches All-Payer Claims Database Public Website

Washington State launched Washington Health Care Compare, the state all-payer claims database (APCD) on June 29, 2018.... Read More >>

AHA, WSHA Provide Additional Guidance on 340B Appeals

In response to recent developments, The American Hospital Association and WSHA are providing updated guidance to hospitals that are appealing the reductions to payments for 340B drugs under the 2018 Medicare outpatient rule.... Read More >>

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