Court rules 340B cut unlawful

On Dec. 27, a federal judge ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) nearly 30-percent cut to Medicare payment rates for many hospitals participating in the 340B drug discount program was unlawful. ... Read More >>

WSHA raises concerns on 2nd pre-proposal rule changes to exempt employees

WSHA recently commented with concerns about the second pre-draft rules by the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) that would expand the class of workers who qualify for overtime pay. ... Read More >>

WSHA supports the ACA and access to health care

I was dismayed when I heard late Friday evening that a federal judge from my home state of Texas ruled the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional because Congress repealed the tax penalty enforcing the law’s individual mandate.... Read More >>

WSHA supports CMS requirement that drug manufacturers disclose drug prices in advertisements

Dec. 17, WSHA submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services supporting a proposed rule requiring drug manufacturers engaging in direct-to-consumer television advertising disclose the list price of the drug. ... Read More >>

Nursing Commission to host rulemaking workshops on scope of practice and continuing competency requirements in January

The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission will be hosting a series of stakeholder workshops in Jan. 22, 23 and 24 to discuss rules relating to nurses’ standard of practice and continuing competency requirements.... Read More >>

Medical Commission to host rulemaking workshops on clinical support program and its regulations in January

The Medical Quality Assurance Commission (MQAC) will be hosting two workshops on Jan. 16 to discuss rules relating to the development of a clinical support program to assist practitioners with practice deficiencies and modernizing MQAC’s governing regulations, particularly with respect to updating rules regarding physicians to align with current national industry and best practice standards.... Read More >>

New nurse staffing committee law to take effect Jan. 1

Significant portions of Washington’s new nurse staffing law (HB 1714) take effect on Jan. 1. As required by law, hospitals need to submit their nurse staffing plans to the Department of Health (DOH) by Jan. 1. ... Read More >>

Governor’s Budget: Good for hospitals and health care

Today Gov. Jay Inslee released his full proposed budget for the 2019-2021 biennium. The budget is positive for health care, and especially behavioral health, as it contains significant investments in the state’s behavioral health system. WSHA is very pleased to see significant new funding for health care in this budget.... Read More >>

WSHA’s December 2018 state regulatory issues update includes top priority rules tracker and year-end review

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its December 2018 state regulatory update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. Members will find a comprehensive view of state rulemaking activities that affect them. ... Read More >>

WSHA opposes DHS’s public charge rule

WSHA has filed a comment opposing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) proposed rule “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.” The rule would use an immigrant’s receipt of Medicaid and possibly the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — among other public services — to deny them status in this country on the basis that they are a “public charge.”... Read More >>

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