Reminder: Hospital Must Respond to Records Requests Under Medicaid Readmissions Policy

The Health Care Authority (HCA) changed its Medicaid payment policy regarding preventable readmissions effective January 1, 2018. WSHA has been told by HCA that some hospitals are not responding to Medicaid managed care organizations’ (MCO) records requests to allow the MCOs to review the readmission... Read More >>

WSHA Bulletin Details Changes to Charity Care Law: Are You Ready for the Changes?

WSHA recently sent a bulletin to members detailing changes to the state charity care law, RCW 70.170. The new law, Senate Bill (SB) 6273, takes effect October 1, 2018 ...... Read More >>

WSHA Comments on Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule

WSHA recently urged Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ to withdraw its proposed changes in the Physician Fee Schedule rule. ... Read More >>

Medicare Administrative Contractors Begin Audits of S-10 Forms

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requiring the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for each region to audit the S-10 forms that are submitted by hospitals as part of their Medicare cost report. ... Read More >>

Noridian Receives Contract Renewal as Region F Medicare Administrative Contractor

Noridian has notified WSHA that Noridian has retained the contract for Jurisdiction F, which includes the state of Washington, for a period up to seven years. ... Read More >>

2018 WHPAC campaign update

Our 2018 WHPAC campaign is well underway and we have raised more than $136,000 to date toward our $300,000 goal. Thank you to the leadership teams at the following hospitals/health systems for meeting their PAC goal for 2018.... Read More >>

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 >>

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