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First cutoff Friday in legislative session

Friday, February 2 is the first cutoff for policy bills to leave their committees in Olympia. While we never say a bill is dead until the legislature adjourns, this is an important milestone in the session... Read More >>

New Requirements Under HB1713 – Ricky’s Law

WSHA and the Department of Social and Health Services hosted a webinar about an important law change that impacts hospitals.... Read More >>

New Regulations under 42 CFR Part 2 (Substance Use Disorder Records) and New Guidance on the HIPAA Privacy Rule (Mental Health Information)

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an update on new regulations under 42 CFR Part 2 (“Part 2”).... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: State charity care law improvements, informed consent, Ricky’s law and more

We are rapidly approaching the first cutoff of the year February 2. As a result, a lot of policy bills are getting hearings this week, and committee executive sessions are hard at work.... Read More >>

Government shutdown ends; what’s next?

Monday's bill to keep the government open funded CHIP for 6 years but did not address a number of other issues on WSHA’s agenda, such as the expiring Medicare provisions: low-volume payment adjustment, Medicare dependent hospital status, and rural ambulance and home health add-ons.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Funding for CHIP, collection of involuntarily detained patient information, telemedicine parity

WSHA's focus this week includes the State Children's Health Insurance Program, collection of involuntarily detained patient information, telemedicine parity and student loan repayment for rural physicians.... Read More >>

Funding the government up in the air

Prospects for funding the government after Friday remain highly uncertain just hours before the current funding measure expires at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The House of Representatives appeared poised to vote to fund the government through February 16, extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years and repeal three taxes levied in the Affordable Care Act.... Read More >>

2018 Legislative Session Underway, Many Issues Affecting Hospitals

The 2018 legislative session has been underway for about a week and a half, and WSHA is already deeply involved in a number of key issues affecting hospitals. ... Read More >>

Reminder: Hospitals Now Receive Charity Reporting Bill Directly from DOH

About six months ago, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) changed the method of collecting hospital payments for charity care assessments.... Read More >>

WSHA comments on Geographic Rating Areas Rule

The Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is in the process of revising rules regarding the geographic rating areas used for premiums for the small group and individual health insurance markets. ... Read More >>

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