Legislative session is a wrap!

The 2018 legislative session is officially a wrap, and we are pleased to report that it was another positive session for Washington hospitals, with increased funding for behavioral health and no proposed reimbursement cuts.... Read More >>

Post-session bill updates

The 2018 legislative session is officially a wrap. Below you will find a final roundup of bills from session we opposed and that died and ones we supported and that passed.... Read More >>

Washington All-Payer Claims Database use agreements sent out

The All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) recently sent out an email to hospitals regarding the review and reconsideration process for APCD data. The review and reconciliation process is scheduled to start on March 30, following delay due to security and credentialing measures.... Read More >>

2018 State Legislative Session: Results & Next Steps

The WSHA Government Affairs and Policy Development staff gave an overview of the 2018 legislative session... Read More >>

Final 2018 compromise supplemental budget released

Lawmakers have released their compromise 2018 state supplemental budget. The budget is positive for hospitals, with increased funding for behavioral health and no proposed reimbursement cuts. WSHA has analyzed the budget. ... Read More >>

New single bed certification emergency rule

On February 8, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) issued a new emergency rule modifying the regulatory requirements for a single-bed certification. ... Read More >>

New Emergency Rule for Less Restrictive Alternative Order Revocations

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals of the new emergency rule for single bed certification... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Bills that have passed both chambers

We have now passed the cutoff for most bills to pass out of both the House and Senate, and bills that have passed both chambers are now headed for concurrence or to the governor for his action. We are pleased to report that bills WSHA supports, including SB 6273 (clarifying charity care), have passed both chambers. Many bills that WSHA opposed have died, including HB 1715 (nurse meals and breaks), SB 6015 (wrongful death) and HB 2114 (balance billing).... Read More >>

From Fiscal Watch: Inpatient Medicaid psychiatric payment rate increases for new units and certain hospitals

The Health Care Authority recently notified many hospitals of payment rate increases for inpatient psychiatric services authorized by the legislature in the 2017 legislative session budget. WSHA advocated with the legislature for the additional appropriation and with HCA to implement the increases, which are effective retroactive to October 1, 2017. ... Read More >>

From Inside Olympia: Major bills still alive after opposite chamber committee action cutoff

We have now passed the cutoff for most bills to make it out of committees in the opposite chamber, and we are heading into the final stretch of this year’s legislative session. We are happy to report that significant bills WSHA supports have made it through these deadlines and will now go to the floor for final action. ... Read More >>

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