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 >>

DOH to hold webcast on changes to hospital construction review standards

As part of its rulemaking on hospital construction review standards, the Department of Health (DOH) will hold a webinar from 11am-12:30pm September 5 to review specific proposed changes based on relevant national standards contained in the 2018 FGI Guidelines.... Read More >>

Input Needed on Washington State’s Health Care Workforce Survey

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform you of Washington State’s health care workforce survey and to encourage hospitals and health systems to complete the survey by August 31. ... Read More >>

WSHA’s advocacy helps lead to $39 million in behavioral health grants

On July 19, the Washington State Department of Commerce announced $39 million in grants to health care providers to improve behavioral health care across the state. The grants were issued to 18 providers, including WSHA members Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and Navos.... Read More >>

Rulemaking to update Washington State hospital construction review standards

The Department of Health (DOH) is beginning rulemaking to update the Washington State hospital construction review standards to adopt updated national standards. DOH will hold a webinar on September 5 to provide an overview of the proposed rule changes and will host work group meetings on October 1 and December 5.... Read More >>

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