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Bill Focus: SB 5593 Suspect and Inmate Guarding

Overview of the Week The caucus and floor action continues as we approach this week’s cutoff for bills to be voted on and passed by their house of origin. Since most of the work is being done on the floor, no WSHA members testified at hearings last week, and we are not scheduled to testify... Read More >>

Weekly Report for March 5, 2015 – When Patients Become Consumers

While patients have always been the focus for direct caregivers, the health care system as a whole has not always put patients’ needs at the center. Patients felt that employers and insurers were more powerful decision makers than they were, and in many cases, they were right. The Affordable Care Act was an important step... Read More >>

HCA Addresses Issues of Programming Errors in Outpatient Payment

We have heard from many of you about issues with the Health Care Authority’s (HCA) programming of Enhanced Ambulatory Payment Groups (EAPGs)  related to implementation of the new  payment system implemented July 2014. The errors caused significant numbers of outpatient prospective payment hospital Medicaid claims to be underpaid or denied. HCA has agreed that as programming... Read More >>

Partnership for Patients 2.0 — Sign Up Now

Partnership for Patients 2.0 – Sign Up Now Hospitals around the nation are embracing the continuation of our journey toward safety. The WSHA Patient Safety Committee stated: It is imperative to continue with Partnership for Patients. We are not done! Safety is what we are about. It is not a fad. The members of the... Read More >>

WSHA and AWPHD Report on Lobbying Expenses for Medicare Cost Reports

The purpose of this Bulletin is to inform WSHA and AWPHD members of the proportion of membership dues used for lobbying purposes.... Read More >>

Week in Review

Bills that impact the state budget had another major cutoff last week, when they were supposed to have been voted on by their fiscal committees. By March 11, bills must be voted on and passed by their house of origin. Although the hearing schedule is significantly lighter when compared to the early weeks of the... Read More >>

Weekly Report for February 26, 2015 – Hospitals, Providers and the Reproductive Privacy Act

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against Skagit Regional Health in Mt. Vernon, alleging that the hospital is in violation of the Reproductive Privacy Act (passed by voters in 1991, now part of RCW 9.02). Read the Puget Sound Business Journal and KUOW stories. WSHA, and our partner organization the Association... Read More >>

Overview

It was an exciting week leading up to Friday’s cutoff for bills to be voted out of their committee. (Cutoff calendar is here) To make it easy, we’ve listed all of the major bills we’ve been tracking—the first table is the bills that have been passed out of committee, and the second table is the... Read More >>

Weekly Report for February 19, 2015 – Why Nurses Need Flu Vaccines: Guest Message From Carol Wagner, RN

On Sunday, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat wrote about vaccines, and whether groups such as foster parents and nurses should be required to get them. Here is an excerpt: “For at least a decade, nurses, both locally and nationally, have been fighting attempts to force them to get the flu shot. Just last month a nurses’ association... Read More >>

Exchange Open Enrollment Extended

The Washington Health Benefits Exchange (Exchange) announced this week it would be giving people two more months – until April 17 – to enroll for 2015 coverage in qualified health plans. This special enrollment period applies to people that have experienced technical problems or just recently discovered the financial impacts of the individual mandate. Recently, the Exchange experienced a... Read More >>

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