U.S. Supreme Court decision impacting 340B hospitals

The Supreme Court found in favor of the AHA, reversing a prior ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and holding that, absent a survey of hospital acquisition costs, HHS may not vary the reimbursement rates only for 340B hospitals... Read More >>

WSHA’s has infection prevention and control resources to support hospitals

All health care providers know the challenge of health-care-acquired infections (HAIs), especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the HAI improvements from before the pandemic were lost because of it... Read More >>

‘The Board’s Role in Credentialing & Privileging’ rescheduled

The Board’s Role in Credentialing & Privileging has been rescheduled for 12 – 1 p.m. Monday, August 22. This governance education webinar will be presented by WSHA’s Executive Vice President Taya Briley and Senior Vice President of Safety & Quality Darcy Jaffe... Read More >>

WA DOH surveys now in progress

ome Washington Hospital Services (WHS) clients are reporting that Washington State Department of Health (DOH) 2022 surveys are happening earlier than anticipated. These surveys are inclusive of the COVID-19 Vaccination Compliance mandate, which went into effect in November 2021... Read More >>

New LEAD Academy cohort starts Aug. 24, 2022

Washington Hospital Services’ Virtual LEAD Academy offers a comprehensive and engaging modular training that focuses on building and strengthening key leadership competencies... Read More >>

COVID-19 therapeutics update: Report to HPOP Mondays and Thursdays; CDC updates clinical considerations; Nationwide utilization data available

Therapeutic inventory reporting in the Health Partner Ordering Portal (HPOP) is now required on Mondays and Thursdays by 11:59 p.m. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) shared instructions to assist providers in updating administered and available treatment courses... Read More >>

Recent member news: 6/23/2022

Recent member news from the June 23, 2022 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Audio-Only Telemedicine Law Changes: Hospital Facility Fees Prohibited and Established Relationship Requirement Modified

Purpose The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about two changes impacting audio-only telemedicine reimbursement that were enacted into law during the 2022 legislative session. Effective June 9, 2022, hospitals licensed under chapter 70.41 RCW that serve as either an originating or distant site for audio-only telemedicine are prohibited from charging a facility... Read More >>

HCA posts new rebased Medicaid hospital payment rates

On June 15, Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) posted the Medicaid inpatient and outpatient hospital payment rates effective for July 1, 2022. The changes to rates, grouper versions, and weights are the result of HCA’s rebasing of its prospective payment methodologies conducted over the last year and a half. HCA and Milliman, its consultant,... Read More >>

WSHA comments on Medicare inpatient proposed rule

On June 17, WSHA submitted comments  to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed inpatient hospital payment rule for 2023. WSHA provided a draft of its comments to hospital chief financial officers, government affairs staff, and rural administrators in advance of the June 17 comment deadline and encouraged interested hospitals to... Read More >>

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