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Focus: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislation

Mental health is a top policy and budget priority for WSHA this year, and for legislators as well. The Supreme Court case on psychiatric boarding helped bring the issue to the forefront, and a record number of bills on the subject have been introduced. However, funding all the new policy bills is a big challenge:... Read More >>

Weekly Report for March 12, 2015 – Remembering Dr. Stuart Farber

Remembering Dr. Stuart Farber: Guest Column by Deborah Swets, VP Membership The end of February brought the passing of a remarkable man, a giant in the health care world to many of us. Dr. Stuart Farber was a prime instigator of palliative and patient-centered end-of-life care in the Pacific Northwest. He died on February 27... Read More >>

Action Needed: ‘Site Neutral’ Payments Would Hurt Hospitals with High Medicare Populations

To: CEOs, CFOs, and Government Relations Staff of Impacted Hospitals By April 1, Congress must act to prevent the Medicare physician payment cut from going into effect.  During these budget negotiations, payments for hospital care are again at risk as a potential offset to pay for legislation to avoid the scheduled cut to physicians. One of... Read More >>

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 >>

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