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Overtime pay rulemaking: Comment deadline extended to Dec. 31

The Washington Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) has extended the deadline for commenting on the revised draft rule regarding overtime exemption rules to Dec. 31. We urge members to review WSHA’s bulletin on the revised draft, and to let us know if your hospital is impacted and to what extent. ... 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, 2019. As required by law, hospitals need to submit their nurse staffing plans to the Department of Health (DOH) by Jan. 1. ... Read More >>

Governor Inslee Releases Comprehensive Behavioral Health Plan

Yesterday, Gov. Jay Inslee released a behavioral health plan for the state.... Read More >>

Overtime Pay Rulemaking: Comment Deadline Extended to Dec 31, 2018

The Washington Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) has extended the deadline for commenting on the revised draft rule regarding overtime exemption rules to December 31, 2018. ... Read More >>

CMS Updates FAQs Regarding January 1, 2019 Transparency Requirement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released an updated version of their Frequently Asked Questions document concerning the requirement that hospitals provide standard charges in machine readable format via the internet effective January 1. ... Read More >>

WSHA Publishes Its December 2018 State Regulatory Issues Update

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its December 2018 State Regulatory Update, which can be found on its State Regulatory Issues webpage. ... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Hospital Specific Analyses of Recently Finalized Medicare Changes

WSHA recently sent a summary and hospital-specific analyses of the Final Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule to the Chief Financial Officer or designated finance person at each member hospital. ... Read More >>

Gov. Inslee releases his comprehensive behavioral health plan

Today, Gov. Jay Inslee released a behavioral health plan for the state. This is a preview of his investments in behavioral health that will be in his proposed 2019-2021 budget, which will be released later in the week. WSHA has been very active in advocating for increased funding for behavioral health and developed a comprehensive 10-Point Behavioral Health Plan to highlight areas of need. We are pleased the governor proposes to fund all major budget items in WSHA’s 10-point plan.... Read More >>

WSHA responds to Gov. Inslee’s behavioral health plan

Gov. Jay Inslee has released his behavioral health plan as part of his proposed budget for the 2019-2021 biennium. WSHA released a statement on the behavioral health plan.... Read More >>

AHA and AAMC filed joint lawsuit in response to site-neutral CMS cuts

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) filed a lawsuit together on Dec. 4 against the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The lawsuit is in response to CMS’s finalization of its outpatient hospital payment rule to apply to site-neutral cuts to office visit services at grandfathered off-campus hospital-based clinic locations.... Read More >>

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