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Senate approves opioid bills

The Senate this week overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic. With more than 70 provisions, the measure would boost research to develop nonaddictive painkillers, encourage pain management techniques that don’t rely on opioids and allow states to better track opioid prescriptions. It also authorizes additional funds for treatment and prevention.... Read More >>

It’s time to meet with your legislators!

WSHA is gearing up for the 2019 state legislative session. We are asking all hospital CEOs to meet with their state elected officials between now and November. Much has changed in Olympia, so we need to ensure hospitals are telling their story.... Read More >>

Join us for the PAC Appreciation Dinner Oct. 10

Thank you to all the leadership teams and individuals who have supported the Washington Hospital Political Action Committee (WHPAC)! To date, we have raised almost $136,000 toward our $300,000 goal.... Read More >>

New Toolkit to Support Successful Implementation of the 2017 Nurse Staffing Committee Law

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide new tools and resources for nurse staffing committees to help ensure compliance and success under the 2017 nurse staffing law – HB 1714. All hospitals are required to have a nurse staffing committee and significant portions of the new law take effect on January 1, 2019.... Read More >>

WSHA issues bulletin on changes to state charity care law effective Oct. 1

Washington State’s charity care law requires all hospitals in the state to provide free or reduced cost care to qualifying low-income patients. WSHA successfully negotiated changes to this law in the 2018 legislative session. ... Read More >>

Effective October 1: Changes to State Charity Care Law

The purpose of this bulletin is to remind hospitals of changes to the state charity care law, RCW 70.170. The new law, Senate Bill (SB) 6273, takes effect October 1, 2018 and all hospitals must comply as of this date.... Read More >>

WSHA to Comment on Proposed Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment and Physician Fee Schedule Rules

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released two proposed rules that, if adopted, will significantly impact payment for office visit services.... Read More >>

340B Program Recertification Deadline is September 12

The annual 340B program recertification period for hospitals, including Critical Access Hospitals ends September 12, 2018. ... Read More >>

OIC Releases Proposed Rule for Short-Term Medical Plans

In response to recent federal action concerning short-term medical plans, the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is updating rules and clarifying its process and standards for short-term limited durations plans in Washington state.... Read More >>

Opioid overdose pilot program designed to save lives

August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day, is an opportunity to remember those who have been affected by overdoses as well as offer education about how to prevent or reverse overdoses. Approximately 700 people die from overdoses in Washington State each year. This tragic loss of life impacts all aspects of our community, and it is something we can stop.... Read More >>

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