Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn receives Grassroots Champion Award from American Hospital Association

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has awarded Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn its 2016 Grassroots Champion award for his health care advocacy and for fostering support for candidates for public office who are champions for health care. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) recognized Glenn for the achievement at its 41st Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference in Chelan, Wash., June 27.... Read More >>

Nine members have reached their WHPAC campaign goal

To date, the Washington Hospital Political Action Committee (WHPAC) has raised more than $86,000 toward our $225,000 goal. Though we are still early in the campaign, we have nine members that have already reached their goal.... Read More >>

Emergency pharmacy rules for hospital-owned clinics

The Pharmacy Commission on August 10 released emergency rules supporting the regulatory, inspection and investigation of pharmacy services provided in clinics owned and operated by a hospital. This emergency rule allows hospitals an additional option when determining how to license a clinic owned and operated by a hospital where drugs are transferred and stored. WSHA is pleased with these rules and has been advocating for this approach since 2015.... Read More >>

Nine organizations to provide in-person assistance, outreach for health insurance customers

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange on August 15 announced the nine lead organizations chosen to oversee in-person assistance provided to Washington residents during the upcoming open enrollment period scheduled to begin on November 1. Among the organizations is WSHA member Wenatchee Valley Hospital.... Read More >>

WSHA provides draft of comments to OIC on gold carding

WSHA is providing its members a draft version of the comments it will be submitting to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner in response to the OIC’s notice of rulemaking related to alternative authorization processes, sometimes known as gold carding.... Read More >>

WSHA provides hospital analyses: Review needed on occupation mix data, WSHA needs impacts of proposed cuts to 340B drugs, off-campus hospital services

WSHA recently sent three hospital-specific reports to the chief financial officer at each of our member hospitals. The reports include:... Read More >>

WSHA seeks information from hospitals regarding health plan pre-payment audits

Based on conversations with member hospitals and other hospital associations, there is an increasing number of health plans that are subcontracting with outside firms to do pre-payment audits of hospital claims.... Read More >>

August recess: Opportunities for connections

The House and Senate recently adjourned for August recess. Both houses will reconvene on September 5. In anticipation of meetings with members of the congressional delegation, we have developed talking points and provided some background information on the aftermath of Senate not moving forward with the proposals on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). WSHA encourages hospital leaders to meet with their members of Congress during the break. Please let WSHA staff know if we can provide any assistance.... Read More >>

Potential ACH strategies for providers addressing the opioid crisis

WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association have identified six promising strategies addressing overdose prevention, expanding access to treatment and improving opioid prescribing practices that hospitals and health systems can use to address the opioid crisis as part of their work with Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs).... Read More >>

Tele-pharmacy offers innovative ways to ensure access to pharmacy services across the state

Pharmacy services are a critical component to hospital operations and supporting the health of a community. Tele-pharmacy — the uses of technology to enable a pharmacist to remotely monitor the activities of a pharmacy technician to avoid issues such as compounding drugs — offers new and innovative ways to ensure access to high-quality pharmacy services.... Read More >>

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