Behavioral Health Policy and Budget Changes to Increase Bed Capacity, Including Long-Term Psychiatric Bed Capacity

This bulletin informs hospitals about behavioral health policy bills and budget items that passed with the assistance of WSHA’s advocacy during the 2021 legislative session. ... Read More >>

Early survey shows vaccine deadline’s impact on hospitals and health system staffing

Last week, we asked our members to participate in a statewide survey about their staff vaccination rates following the Oct. 4 cut-off to be vaccinated ahead of the Oct. 18 deadline.... Read More >>

Col. Nicole Malachowski on leading through fog & friction in times of crisis

Drawing on her experience as a combat-tested fighter pilot, Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, retired) uses the challenges and uncertainties of combat as a metaphor for organization challenges to explain how to make progress when uncertainty, unforeseeable events, and seemingly insurmountable obstacles threaten to stop the forward progress of your team.... Read More >>

Behavioral health capital project funding available

The Washington State Department of Commerce received appropriations in the 2021-2023 capital budget to support the expansion of community behavioral health services in communities across the state.... Read More >>

Engage your community during Infection Prevention Week 2021

Hospitals play an important role in communities’ success, in social, economic and health spheres. The theme for this year’s International Infection Prevention Week (Oct. 17-23), make your intention infection prevention, is meant not just for infection preventionists and other health care workers, but also for the communities we serve.... Read More >>

Tips & tricks to advance your cybersecurity strategy

In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Sensato will host a series of cyber chats from 8-8:20 a.m., Oct. 25-29. The cyber chats are a series of 20-minute educational webinars to advance your cybersecurity strategy. You’ll learn an easy process to evaluate events to help you decide when you need to... Read More >>

Webinar: ‘Mind the Gap: Repairing the US Healthcare Workforce’

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Qualivis hosted a webinar, Mind the Gap: Repairing the US Healthcare Workforce, on Oct. 12.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 10/14/2021

Recent member news from the Oct. 14, 2021 edition of the Weekly Report newsletter. ... Read More >>

Phase 4 and Rural COVID Relief Funding Application Portal Open with October 26 Deadline: Resources Available

The application portal for $17 billion in provider relief funds (PRF) Phase 4 and $8.5 billion in Rural ARPA funding opened September 29 with an application deadline of October 26. ... Read More >>

Federal Agencies Release Second Set of Interim Final Rules for No Surprises Act

On September 30, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury (collectively the Departments), along with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), released its second interim final rule (IFR) entitled “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part II.”... Read More >>

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