Alliance Release of County-Level Data Report: Choosing Wisely

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information about the Washington Health Alliance’s report on the Choosing Wisely initiative in Washington State. The report uses county-level claims data to show variation in the use of diagnostic testing and treatment across the state, but does not include the clinical information a physician might consider to make a about patient care. Variation between counties is considerable.... Read More >>

WSHA’s Partnership for Patients Efforts Receive National Kudos

Our members always strive to give their patients the best care possible. But three years ago the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) challenged U.S hospitals to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and hospital readmissions by 20 percent by December 2014.   Ninety-seven WSHA hospitals joined the initiative and pledged to work together to... Read More >>

Broad View of Health

The Fearsome Dandelion If you have a lawn, you probably hate dandelions. And yet, it is the symbol for this year’s WSHA Annual meeting. Why? You have to respect the dandelion. If nature’s sole purpose is to be fruitful and multiply, dandelions do a brilliant job. They are efficient, adventurous and successful: the perfect symbol... Read More >>

Infection Control and Triage for Serious Communicable Diseases

Infection Control and Triage for Serious Communicable Diseases To: Hospital Administrators   The Washington State Department of Health and Washington State Hospital Association have issued a letter detailing recommendations for procedures and triage for serious communicable diseases, especially Ebola virus disease (EVD).   The purpose of this letter is to ask you to protect your... Read More >>

Preparing Hospital Staff for the Worst

You know how it works on an airplane. They tell you every single time: The oxygen masks will drop. Secure your own mask before assisting others. They have to be that clear, that explicit and that repetitive because they know it’s counter to most parents’ instincts to first help their child. But the experience and the reality... Read More >>

WSHA Offers Hospital Finance 101 Webinar September 19 12:00PM

  The cost of health care delivery is an issue that causes confusion and frustration for patients, lawmakers, and the hospitals themselves. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is providing a free and open webinar to build some basic understanding about the major factors that affect hospitals’ financial picture, and the relationship between those finances... Read More >>

WSHA Announces Support for Healthier Hospitals Initiative

Environmental improvements can save health care dollars and improve the health of patients, employees and community The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) announced today that it has joined the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a national campaign designed to lead change in the health care sector by helping hospitals adopt more sustainable practices in their day-to-day operations. HHI... Read More >>

National Preparedness Month

How do you get ready for the worst? And how do you help other people get ready for the worst? That’s the challenge given to all of us as part of National Preparedness Month. While it can be scary to think about, we all have to be ready to take care of ourselves, and then reach out to... Read More >>

Patients and Hospitals Face Exchange Enrollment Issues

For the past several months, insurers, joined by the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), have been highlighting problems in the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder.  There about 6,000 individual accounts whose premiums have not been properly processed due to technical glitches. The exchange has committed to fixing... Read More >>

Staying Focused on Boarding

Our attention continues to be on the Supreme Court and the implementation of their decision to end psychiatric boarding. The decision was the right one, but the immediate solution is still the same: we have patients in crisis right now, and very few avenues for treatment. As you may know, the state requested that the... Read More >>

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