Deaconess Hospital centers compassionate and evidence-based care to help patients with opioid use disorder

Deaconess Hospital recently received grant funding from the Washington State Health Care Authority to help patients suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) in their community, with a focus on patients at the highest risk of overdose and death.... Read More >>

CMS finalizes the conditions of participation rule: Antibiotic stewardship programs required for hospitals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new regulations that require US hospitals to develop and implement antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs). ... Read More >>

Change of process for requesting sign language interpreters for Apple Health

The Health Care Authority (HCA) has announced a change in the process for requesting sign language interpreters for Apple Health clients. ... Read More >>

Recent member news: 10/4/2019

Recent member news from the October 4, 2019 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

WSHA Urges OIC to Monitor Health Plan Compliance with Prior Authorization Requirements

WSHA contacted the Washington State office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) about their strategy for monitoring and enforcement of requirements for transparency and accountability of health plan prior authorizations (WAC 284-43-2050 and WAC 284-43-2060). ... Read More >>

OIC Requests Stakeholder Input on Electronic Verification for Surprise Billing Law

The Balance Billing Protection Act requires health plans to provide an electronic mechanism for hospitals and health care providers to determine whether a patient's health insurance plan is subject to the requirements of the act. ... Read More >>

New Provider Billing Guides: Integrated Managed Care Expands to the Remaining Regions (Thurston- Mason, Great Rivers, and Salish)

For Medicaid enrollees, integrated managed care (IMC) coordinates physical health, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment services to help provide whole-person care under one Medicaid managed care plan. ... Read More >>

WSHA Seeking Feedback: HCA Issues Stakeholder Draft of Proposed Rural Health Clinic Rule Changes

The Health Care Authority released a stakeholder draft and WAC crosswalk of proposed changes to enrollment and payment language for rural health clinics (RHCs). ... Read More >>

WSHA Supports Hospital Members on Proposed Medicare Outpatient Rule

September 27, WSHA submitted its comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule. ... Read More >>

Behavioral Health Policy and Budget Changes, Including New Capital Funding Opportunities to Increase Behavioral Health Capacity

This bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems about behavioral health policy bills and budget items that WSHA advocated for and the Legislature passed during the 2019 legislative session. ... Read More >>

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