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Transform your accounts payable operations

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner, Commerce Bank, helps member’s accounts payable department pay invoices on time and with accuracy. The time elapsed before payments are disbursed through highly manual processes, which cause all the moving parts to slow down and sets bill payments forward in slow motion, incurring additional costs along the way.... Read More >>

BloodworksNW partners with CHI Franciscan Health to collect cord blood

BloodworksNW has a new partner in its Cord Blood Program: St. Joseph Medical Center, a part of CHI Franciscan Health. Through the partnership, mothers giving birth at the Tacoma hospital can donate blood from their umbilical cords to BloodworksNW, which can then be used in lifesaving treatments and research.... Read More >>

Apple Health covering prenatal vitamins

Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) is now covering both over-the-counter and prescription prenatal vitamins for all women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, including retroactive coverage through Oct. 1, 2015. Prenatal vitamins are covered in order to provide a daily vitamin supplement containing 0.4 to 0.8 milligrams of folic acid.... Read More >>

Transparency and action

On Tuesday Dec. 9, the Washington Health Alliance, in partnership with Healthier Washington, released its 2015 Community Checkup Report, “Measuring Health Care in Washington State.” This is a broad and fascinating look at health care in Washington State. The report introduces metrics on the state’s newly adopted common measure set for health care quality and cost. ... Read More >>

Island Hospital CEO gets national honors from AHA

Vince Oliver, CEO and superintendent of Island Hospital, is the 2015 winner of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments of small or rural hospital leaders in the country who have improved health care delivery in their communities through innovative and progressive efforts.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 12/10/15

Member news headlines from the Dec. 10, 2015 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Welcome new members: CellNetix Pathology & Laboratories and Oculus Health

WSHA would like to welcome CellNetix Pathology & Laboratories as a new member. Washington Hospital Services is proud to introduce its newest Industry Partner, Oculus Health. ... Read More >>

Promote organ donations in your hospital

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Division of Organ Donation and Transplant is encouraging hospitals to establish organ donor registration as a routine, especially among small and rural hospitals. HRSA is encouraging hospitals to participate in the giving spirit of the holiday season.... Read More >>

CAH Necessary Provider documentation needed for CMS survey

As a reminder, CMS requires all Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that are designated Necessary Providers (NPs) to provide documentation during their survey that proves the hospital received this designation from the state prior to 2006.... Read More >>

Merritt Hawkins breaks down access to physicians, state-by-state

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins has released a state-by-state breakdown of access to physicians. This unique resource tracks 33 variables that influence access, including physicians per capita, medical residents per capita, urgent care centers per capita, Medicare and Medicaid acceptance rates, and many others.... Read More >>

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