St. Joseph Medical Center awarded WHO-sponsored Baby-Friendly designation

CHI Franciscan’s flagship hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center recently became a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility. ... Read More >>

Legislative session: First cutoff passes, proactive nursing bill advancing

Friday, Feb. 22 was the cutoff for most bills to move out of their original policy committee. See our full status report of our high-priority bills in this week’s edition of Inside Olympia. ... Read More >>

WSHA Governance Education program offers second course

Registration is now open for Finance 101, the second offering from the WSHA Governance Education program. ... Read More >>

Washington Healthplanfinder enrollment crosses the 200,000 threshold

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that more than 200,000 people purchased their 2019 health insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s online health insurance marketplace, during the most recent open enrollment period held Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 of last year.... Read More >>

Merritt Hawkins survey finds physicians generate an average $2.4 million annually per hospital

WSHA Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins recently confirmed in a new survey that while physicians are key providers of medical care for their hospitals, they are also major drivers of hospital revenue. ... Read More >>

Recent member news: 2/28/2019

Recent member news from the Feb. 28, 2019, Weekly Report. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Proactive nurse fatigue bill advances, first cutoff has passed

We are pleased to report that SB 5344, the proactive nurse fatigue bill supported by WSHA, has advanced through the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care. Contacts made by hospital leaders and staff to legislators encouraging their support of the bill has been crucial to ensure this bill passed this first hurdle in the legislative process. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Creating a public option health insurance plan, establishing a system for setting rates for health care services and more

HB 1523/SB 5556 would allow health insurance carriers to offer Washingtonians the option to purchase lower-costing health insurance coverage on the Health Benefit Exchange (the individual market). WSHA supports expanding access to health care coverage, but we have concerns with this bill. ... Read More >>

Much work ahead in the legislative session

Friday, Feb. 22 marks the first cutoff of the state legislative session, when most bills need to advance out of their original policy committee to continue being considered. This session has been especially active for WSHA, as we are working on many high-priority issues that impact health care in our state. ... Read More >>

CHI Franciscan fall prevention program a success

CHI Franciscan is making significant progress in reducing falls across their system. Within eight months of launching the ambitious fall prevention program, eight out of nine facilities exceeded the goal of 10 percent reduction in inpatient falls with injury. ... Read More >>

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