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HCA Announces Five Carriers Will Offer Public Option Health Plans

A key milestone for implementing Cascade Care has been reached. ... Read More >>

WSHA Comments on Arbitration Provisions in the State’s Balance Billing Protection Act

On June 15, WSHA submitted comments on a second round of rulemaking related to the Balance Billing Protection Act (BBPA) passed during the 2019 legislative session and effective January 1, 2020. ... Read More >>

WSHA Updates its 2020 New Law Implementation Guide. New Publications Available.

With the 2020 legislative session ending months ago, the implementation of new laws passed during the session is in full swing.... Read More >>

August 1 Deadline for State Fiscal Year 2021 DSH Applications

The Health Care Authority (HCA) has begun the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) application process for state fiscal year 2021.... Read More >>

Website Provides Answers to COVID-19 Billing and Payment Questions

WSHA is continuing to provide Medicare updates to the Washington Healthcare Forum website which addresses provider COVID-19 billing and payment questions. ... Read More >>

Repeal of AIDS training and education requirements and other changes to modernize Washington’s laws on HIV and AIDS

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems about recent changes modernizing Washington’s laws on certain communicable diseases, specifically human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). These changes are in effect now. ... Read More >>

New Requirements on Opioid and Controlled Substances Prescribing and New Allowance for Remote Dispensing Sites for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about new deadlines for important changes related to the prescribing of opioids and controlled substances: The Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Electronic Health Records (EHR) integration mandate has been extended and is now effective September 30, 2021 (originally January 1, 2021).... Read More >>

Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Final Rule

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems of significant changes to the regulations implementing section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ... Read More >>

Appealing to shared values can help encourage communities to wear masks

Governor Inslee has issued an order requiring everyone in Washington to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor spaces where social distancing (6 feet between you and others) is not possible.... Read More >>

PQAC releases New Rules Live Implementation Plan

The Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (PQAC) has shared its New Rule Live Implementation Plan.... Read More >>

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