Valley Medical Center’s GLOW program celebrates five years of helping women lead healthier lives

Valley Medical Center’s GLOW program, which is a wellness program inspired by women, designed by women and for women — celebrated its fifth anniversary this week with the GLOW Fifth Anniversary Gala at the Museum of Flight with keynote speaker Susan Mann. The program was developed by a group of passionate women at the medical center who believed in wellness and the importance of focusing on wellness rather than just sickness, as women are often the decision-makers for their families in addition to themselves.... Read More >>

Get recognized for high immunization rates

The Department of Health’s (DOH) Health Plan Partnership is once again sponsoring the 2016 Immunize WA Provider Recognition Program. This program recognizes clinics that have achieved immunization rates of 70 percent or higher, and clinics will be awarded during National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23) to recognize their commitment to ensuring patients are up-to-date on their immunizations.... Read More >>

Department of Health rulemaking to create credential for forensic phlebotomist medical assistants

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is in the beginning stages of rulemaking to explore creating a specific training route for law enforcement personnel to qualify for medical assistant, phlebotomist credentials. This rulemaking stems, in part, from a vetoed portion of House Bill 1276 (enacted in 2015), which would have created a new certificate to allow law enforcement personnel to conduct forensic blood draws on DUI suspects.... Read More >>

WellTrackONE tackles advanced life planning

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner WellTrackONE has written an article about how its powerful risk management solution can be used to help patients with advanced life planning.... Read More >>

Registration open for the 2016 WSHA disaster readiness conference

Registration is now open for WSHA’s annual disaster readiness conference. We have another blockbuster roster of presentations this year, as well as our first post-conference workshop on preparedness and response to emerging infectious diseases. A pre-conference Basic Disaster Life Support course is scheduled on May 31, also in Wenatchee. ... Read More >>

Senate releases 2016 supplemental budget

The State Senate released its proposal for the 2016 supplemental budget today. The Senate takes a significantly different approach than the House to its budget proposal, making more cuts than the House did and leaving a much larger balance in the budget stabilization account. In addition, the Senate spends less.... Read More >>

Capital budgets released

In addition to the operating budget, the House and Senate capital budgets were both released today. WSHA’s interest in the capital budget is in the area of funding for new mental health facilities. WSHA is very pleased both the House and Senate capital budget contain significant new dollars for construction costs of mental health facilities.... Read More >>

Thank you for last week: February 15-19

We are very thankful for everyone who comes to Olympia to testify! Your testimony is essential for helping legislators and the public to understand the real impact of proposed legislation. Last week, we were pleased to have testimony from Cheryl Pell, RPh, from Medication Review, Inc.... Read More >>

New Work on Rural Health Clinic Payment Has Started

The Washington State Health Care Authority has begun the process of updating its Medicaid payment methodology for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC). HCA contracted with a consultant, Health Management Associates, to provide technical assistance as it meets with stakeholders to develop a successor to the current payment methodology. ... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Plans to Implement New Enrollment Policy; Plans Webinar

The Health Care Authority is planning significant changes to Apple Health enrollment. Under a new policy effective April 1, 2016, enrollees will be retroactively assigned to a managed care plan as of the beginning of the month the patient is enrolled, rather than at the beginning of the month following enrollment. ... Read More >>

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