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From Inside Olympia: Major funding for mental health and dental access in capital budgets

The state House and Senate capital budgets contain major investments for community projects to increase access to mental health services across the care continuum. WSHA is very pleased to see these funding levels that will help spur new services for some of the most complex patients. Both budgets also provide funding for the addition or expansion of dental chairs to certain provider clinics. Dental problems, like mental health, are a top reason why people visit the emergency department.... Read More >>

Rulemaking proposals from the Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recently released rulemaking proposals related to forensic blood draws by medical assistants and requirements and fees for registration for “blood establishments” in Washington State. The newly proposed medical assistant rules state that certain medical assistants may perform “forensic blood draws,” subject to supervision, delegation and practice standards.... Read More >>

The Opioid epidemic: Making a difference one pill at a time

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Cordant Health Solutions launched a free drug take-back program in 2016, which they developed to support Washington communities in addressing the opioid crisis. Recognizing the merit of the program, Cordant decided to make it a standard offering in all the states in which it does business.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: House and Senate release capital budgets — Major funding for mental health and dental access

The House and Senate capital budgets contain major investments for community projects to increase access to mental health services across the care continuum. WSHA is very pleased to see these funding levels that will help spur new services for some of the most complex patients. Both budgets also provide funding for the addition or expansion of dental chairs to certain provider clinics. ... Read More >>

From Inside D.C.: Debate on ACA repeal continues in U.S. House

The effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains in limbo as Congress starts a two-week recess break. Over the past couple of weeks in D.C., several attempts have been made to bridge the chasm between conservative and moderate House members, but with no success. The most recent proposals floating around would allow states to seek a waiver of three ACA insurance regulations... Read More >>

Inside D.C.: Debate on ACA repeal continues in U.S. House

The effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains in limbo as Congress starts a two-week recess break. Over the past couple of weeks in D.C., several attempts have been made to bridge the chasm between conservative and moderate House members, but with no success.... Read More >>

Medicaid demonstration underway; ACHs forming project committees that need provider input

Over the next five years, the state Health Care Authority will be distributing up to $1.1 billion through the Heathier Washington demonstration. By the end of this year, the Authority has initially indicated it will distribute up to $240 million statewide to jump start this work. Most of the dollars will flow to providers that participate in approved projects through their ACH. The ACHs are forming committees and groups now that will make key decisions on the local projects that will drive this funding.... Read More >>

From Inside Olympia: Budget bills, policy bills still alive

The state House and Senate have now passed their respective budgets. WSHA supports the spending plans of both the House and Senate, both of which put important resources into health care, most prominently making improvements to the behavioral health system.... Read More >>

House and Senate approve their respective budgets: no cuts, health initiatives funded

The Washington State House and Senate have now each passed their respective budgets. WSHA supports the spending plans of both the House and Senate, both of which put important resources into health care, most prominently making improvements to the behavioral health system.... Read More >>

Providers mandated to participate in HCA’s Link4Health Clinical Data Repository

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is building a new data depository, the Link4Health Clinical Data Repository (CDR) to allow providers to access certain Medicaid patient clinical records from other providers and facilities.... Read More >>

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