Mandate for Hospitals to Participate in the Public Option Health Plans (Cascade Care Select) and New Premium Subsidies Available to Consumers

This bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems about Senate Bill 5377, which makes some key modifications to public option health plans (also known as “Cascade Care Select”). Specific to hospitals is section 5 – mandating hospital participation in at least one public option plan upon receiving an offer to contract from a public option health plan. This provision is effective if in 2022 or any subsequent year, there are any counties that a public option health plan is not available to consumers (bare counties).... Read More >>

Celebrate Pride with inclusive health care

Cities and states across the country are taking the month of June to celebrate Pride for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and other gender and sexual identities. WSHA wanted to take this opportunity to recognize several of our members who are providing exception care for LGBTQIA+ Washingtonians.... Read More >>

New physician assistant practice law resources

In 2020 the Washington State Legislature passed legislation to modernize the state’s physician assistant (PA) laws.... Read More >>

WSHA launches Infection Prevention Control Advisory Committee

The Washington State Hospital Association’s Safety & Quality team is excited to launch the Infection Prevention and Control Advisory Committee this month.... Read More >>

New DOH Charity Care Program Manager

WSHA is pleased that after a long vacancy, the Department of Health (DOH) has announced that Carrie Baranowski is now in the role of Charity Care Program Manager.... Read More >>

New requirements for health care worker protections

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one area of significant focus for state legislators during the 2021 legislative session was on legislation creating additional protections for workers.... Read More >>

Legislative update for respiratory care practitioners

During the 2021 state legislative session, policymakers passed a bill making adjustments to the scope of practice for respiratory care practitioners, which may be of interest to hospitals and health systems.... Read More >>

WSHA webinar discusses motivational interviewing in health care settings

Never in human history have we had more science regarding the impact of trauma and social determinants of health on patient health and well-being. ... Read More >>

New mask standards from NIOSH

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released interim guidance on new mask standards for workplaces called “Workplace Performance and Workplace Performance Plus masks, for workplaces.”... Read More >>

Bree Collaborative requests comments on cervical cancer screening guidelines

The Bree Collaborative has requested that hospitals read cervical cancer screening guidelines and give feedback.... Read More >>

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