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New Requirements for Critical Access Hospitals, Small Hospitals, and Sole Community Hospitals

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform critical access hospitals, small hospitals with fewer than 25 beds in operation, and sole community hospitals that Substitute House Bill 1155, legislation regarding staffing requirements enacted in 2019, is effective for your hospitals on July 1, 2021.... Read More >>

State Operating Budget Includes Significant Health Care Investments

We are very pleased the 2021-2023 Operating Budget enacted by the legislature provides significant investments in health care, including many of WSHA’s budget priorities. For more information see our recent Inside Olympia and detailed budget comparison document. WSHA is still gathering information on some of funding and payment increases. We will get more information out to members as it becomes available. The highlights are below.... Read More >>

CMS Releases Proposed 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Hospital Rule

On April 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed FY 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule. The rule would increase Medicare inpatient prospective payment system rates by a net 2.8 percent for hospitals that meet EHR meaningful use criteria and submit quality measure data. Other highlights include:... Read More >>

HRSA To Pay for Vaccine Administration for Underinsured Patients

Providers will be able to bill and be paid for vaccine administration provided to enrollees of health plans that either do not cover vaccine administration or apply patient cost-sharing. Most state regulated insurers are required to cover the service without cost-sharing but self-funded plans do not have the same requirement.... Read More >>

DOL Issues Proposed Self-Insurance Financial Rules

The Department of Labor and Industries issued proposed rules to modernize the financial qualifications for self-insured employers. The rules require additional financial document disclosures to L&I to prove the employer has sufficient resources to cover workers’ compensation liabilities.... Read More >>

WSHA Hosts Clean Buildings Standards Info Session for Hospitals: May 19, 11:00 am

WSHA will be hosting Department of Commerce staff on May 19, 2021 at 11 AM for a webinar on the Clean Buildings Standard. The webinar will cover mandatory requirements, compliance paths, customer support and the early adopter incentive program.... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Regulatory Tracker Update

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. Members will find a comprehensive view of state rulemaking activities that affect them.... Read More >>

2021 Legislative Session ends with positive outcomes for health care

Washington hospitals are cornerstones of their communities, providing essential health care services and employment opportunities to our state’s residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.... Read More >>

CMS proposes 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment Hospital Rule

On April 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed FY 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule. ... Read More >>

Exchange update on the American Rescue Plan Act – Part 3

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) launch in Washington Healthplanfinder is three days away! The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is hosting the final installment of its informational webinar series, Part 3: American Rescue Plan – Call to Action, at 12 p.m. Monday, May 3.... Read More >>

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