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APCD Delays Hospital Review and Verification Process

The state’s All Payer Claims Database (APCD) has delayed the timeline for hospitals to undertake their review and verification of data that will be posted on the site’s website for the public.... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Hospital Impact Analyses of Outpatient Rule

In the next few days, WSHA is sending hospital-specific analyses of the final Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule to the chief financial officer or other designated recipient at each of our member Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals. ... Read More >>

Department of Revenue to Update Property Tax Rules

The Washington State Department of Revenue recently filed a preliminary notice of their intent to update certain rules and definitions relating to property tax exemptions for various types of organizations, including hospitals. ... Read More >>

WSHA: Senate tax bill’s proposed elimination of insurance mandate drives up costs for paying patients

"At some point in life, we all need intense medical care, and hospitals are there to provide it, whether or not you have health insurance. But if the insurance mandate goes away, more people will choose to be uninsured."... Read More >>

WSHA urges calls to Congress on tax bill that would harm non-profit, public hospitals

The House of Representatives is set to vote today on a sweeping tax plan that would affect non-profit hospitals and public hospital districts and the patients they serve. ... Read More >>

Webcast on new HCA readmissions policy

WSHA and the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) will host a webcast from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 28 on the HCA’s new Medicaid readmissions payment policy. The new policy takes effect January 1, replacing the current policy that penalizes hospitals with higher-than-average readmissions rates. ... Read More >>

Hospital groups file lawsuit to stop payment cut for 340B hospitals

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and others filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on November 13 to prevent significant Medicare payment cuts to hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. In a final rule, the payments would be cut by about 28 percent. ... Read More >>

Contact your member of Congress to express support for protecting the tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds and advance refundings

The House of Representatives is set to vote on Thursday on a sweeping tax plan that would affect non-profit hospitals and public hospital districts and the patients they serve. Yesterday, WSHA sent a letter to the our state's representatives urging their support of tax-exempt private activity and advance refunding bonds. ... Read More >>

NEW MEDICAID POLICY FOR READMISSIONS: EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018

The purpose of this bulletin is to communicate a new payment policy by the state Health Care Authority (HCA) impacting Medicaid readmissions within 14 days after discharge.... Read More >>

GOP tax reform proposal includes provisions damaging to Washington’s non-profit and public hospitals

On November 2, House Republican leaders unveiled a sweeping tax plan that would affect non-profit hospitals/health systems and public hospitals districts and the patients they serve. ... Read More >>

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