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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 >>

HB 1870: Prohibiting Certificate of Need for Partnerships Among Washington State Hospitals

Representatives Joe Schmick and Eileen Cody have introduced a bill that would prohibit the Department of Health from giving a Certificate of Need (CN) for a purchase, sale, or lease of a hospital to any entity that already owns a hospital in Washington State. Under the current CN law, this would only apply to true... Read More >>

Weekly Report for February 12, 2015 – Progress in the Legislature

We knew this was going to be a tough and busy legislative session, and we have not been disappointed. We are proactively developing and advocating for more bills than ever before.  Many of the bills we support are getting a good legislative response. One of the bills we’re working hard to support is telemedicine –... Read More >>

Deadline Approaches for the Medicaid Quality Incentive

Deadline Approaches for the Medicaid Quality Incentive February 15, 2015 is the deadline for the data submission for PPS hospitals to qualify for increased payments through the Medicaid Quality Incentive and for non PPS hospitalls to potentially receive recognition. The program was created by the Hospital Safety Net Assessment legislation and gives PPS hospitals the... Read More >>

Wellness Trust – HB 1946

HB 1946, sponsored by Rep. Laurie Jinkins, would tax hospitals at 6 percent of revenue to fund a “Wellness Trust.” The trust would be used to fund local public health departments and mental health services. This tax would be levied on revenue less charity care and community benefit spending. WSHA is strongly opposed to a... Read More >>

Weekly Report for February 5, 2015 – A New View of Health Care

Our Board of Trustees has set for WSHA a tremendous challenge in our strategic plan: Lead the transformation of health care in collaboration with key partners to improve the health of the population of Washington, enhance the care experience, and reduce cost. As we have learned from the success in our patient safety work, the... Read More >>

Key Boarding Bills Being Heard

On Friday, two bills were added to the Senate schedule related to last year’s state Supreme Court decision to end the practice of psychiatric boarding.   We support SB 5645, a simple bill to create a mechanism for the state to track cases when people who meet detention criteria, but for whom no appropriate bed... Read More >>

Update on Outreach and Enrollment

This year’s open enrollment period will close on February 15, 2015. While Medicaid-eligible patients will still be able to use www.wahealthplanfinder.org to enroll in AppleHealth, most of the people enrolling in commercial insurance will lose their opportunity until the next open enrollment period.... Read More >>

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