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Hospital Disparity Efforts to be Highlighted

African American patients may have a higher rate of hospital-acquired conditions than white patients, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Although the data is preliminary and not adjusted for factors such as age and chronic diseases, it speaks to the reality that there is a disparity in health care across cultural, racial, and... Read More >>

New Signage, Notification, and Reporting Requirements for Provider-Based Clinics

During its 2012 session, the Legislature passed House Bill 2582, an act relating to billing practices for health care services. The goal of the legislation is to ensure patients are informed about the potential for additional charges and out of pocket costs for services at provider-based clinics. ... Read More >>

State law requirement that hospitals and health care providers provide estimated charges

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) has often heard from state legislators who want patients to have access to better information about health care costs. WSHA supports transparency, but has been concerned that responding to requests for information about charges may not help in educating patients.... Read More >>

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