Emergency Rule Expands AEM Coverage to Include Office Diagnosis and Treatment for COVID-19

Alien Emergency Medical (AEM) clients can access care within the provider’s office setting (outside of the emergency department, inpatient and other outpatient settings) to diagnose and treat COVID-19. This is an expansion of regular AEM coverage which is limited to emergency and hospital services. The emergency rule can be viewed here. Read details regarding this... Read More >>

State Budget Finalized

On March 12, the Legislature passed its final 2020 supplemental budget, which reflects the budget conference committee work to reconcile differences between the Senate and House proposals that were released Feb. 24. The budget includes an additional $1 billion in new revenue since the 2019-21 budget was released last year. Notable spending includes more than... Read More >>

WSHA Supported Policy Bills Pass Legislature

On March 9, WSHA reported in Inside Olympia the progress on major bills that we support. We are pleased to share that any differences in the Senate and House versions were resolved and all of those bills are on their way to the Governor’s desk or have already been signed. These include: ESSB 5385: Concerning telemedicine payment... Read More >>

WSHA Releases March 2020 Regulatory Update

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its March 2020 update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. Members will find a comprehensive view of state rulemaking activities that affect them. This month, the team is highlighting rulemaking related to the Pharmacy Commission’s rule re-write; clean building standards; opioid prescriptions; and health record printing and handling fees. The... Read More >>

National emergency declaration provides flexibility the health system needs as patient care demands increase

Today’s declaration of a national emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak is welcome news to Washington’s hospitals.... Read More >>

Responding to COVID-19

Since last Thursday, the status of COVID-19, and the combined health care response, has changed significantly. ... Read More >>

WSHA celebrates strong legislative session for policy issues

Thursday, March 12, marks the final day of the state legislative session, and WSHA is pleased that this year’s “short” 60-day session was positive. ... Read More >>

MultiCare Deaconess Hospital over one year without any CAUTI infection

MultiCare Deaconess Hospital continues to be a high achiever with over one year and 2 months without a single CAUTI infection. MultiCare Deaconess’s success is based on using AHRQ’s (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP). ... Read More >>

Announcement from Washington Patient Safety Coalition: 18th Annual Northwest Patient Safety conference to continue

The Washington Patient Safety Coalition has asked WSHA to help spread the word that the 18th Annual Northwest Patient Safety conference will continue as planned. ... Read More >>

Northwest Kidney Centers CEO Joyce F. Jackson honored on 60th Anniversary of long-term dialysis survival

Northwest Kidney Center has awarded its president and CEO, Joyce F. Jackson, with the Clyde Shields Distinguished Service Award. ... Read More >>

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