Health Benefit Exchange selects 9 in-person support agencies

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is gearing up for the next open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 1 and runs through the end of January. It has selected nine organizations to offer in-person customer support across the state.... Read More >>

Healthy Doctors, Healthier Patients

The Washington State Medical Association shared the perspective of their new president, Dr. Ray Hsiao, in a recent “WSMA Reports.” Dr. Hsiao, a child psychiatrist and addiction specialist from Seattle, was elected president of WSMA at the association’s annual meeting in Spokane Sept. 27.... Read More >>

DOH adopts rules to protect patient information in CHARS database

The Department of Health (DOH) has adopted rules to further define standards for access to patient information in the state’s Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS). WSHA worked with the DOH to offer comments and voice concerns during several stakeholder workshops, and appreciated the opportunity to participate in the pre-rulemaking process. ... Read More >>

State moving forward with transformation committees

The state is seeking applicants for new committees focusing on accelerating the work of transformation in Washington State.... Read More >>

Open enrollment for Health Benefits Exchange for 2016 coverage

It’s that time again! Open enrollment for the Exchange’s individual market runs Nov. 1, 2015 to Jan. 31, 2016. Washington’s hospitals play a key role in helping patients enroll in either the Health Benefit Exchange’s health plans and Apple Health.... Read More >>

Washington End of Life Coalition Annual Meeting Nov. 13

The Washington End of Life Coalition will hold its Annual Meeting from 9am-3:30pm on Friday Nov. 13 at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. Dr. Ira Byock — leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life — will be the featured presenter, speaking about well-being through the end of life... Read More >>

WHFCA to host Borrower Educational Forum Nov. 10

The Washington Health Care Facilities Authority will host its first-annual Borrower Educational Forum from 8:30am-6pm on Tuesday Nov. 10 at The Rainier Club in Seattle. The Washington Health Care Facilities Authority was created by Legislature to provide a new source of capital funding to ensure Washington state communities would have access to modern, well equipped, and reasonably priced health care facilities. ... Read More >>

Register now for the Choosing Wisely Summit Oct. 30

Join health care leaders and stakeholders on Friday, Oct. 30 for Improving Value in Health Care: The Choosing Wisely Summit. This meeting is a day-long, in-depth forum focusing on ways to provide safer, higher-quality, value driven care to patients. The summit will take place from 8:30am-4pm at the Seattle Airport Marriott. Click here for more information... Read More >>

Recent member news: 10/22/15

Member news headlines from Oct. 22, 2015....

Rockwood Health System launches virtual doctor visits

Rockwood Health System, which operates Deaconess and Valley Hospitals in Spokane, recently launched VirtualHealthNow, which allows patients to have a doctor visit via a mobile device, tablet or computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The system gives patients more convenient access to health care providers, especially when their primary care physician’s office... Read More >>

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