Fuel for the race: Partnership for Patients

A few weeks ago, Carol Wagner announced that WSHA received a federal contract to do rapid-cycle patient safety improvement in our state. This multi-million-dollar contract provides the energy needed to make big progress on health care’s trickiest problems, including healthcare-acquired infections, falls, health disparities and more.... Read More >>

HCA Sends Hospitals Corrected Safety Net Assessment Program Agreements

The Health Care Authority (HCA) recently sent hospitals new agreements to provide protections from reductions to regular Medicaid payment for the period when hospitals are participating in the Hospital Safety Net Assessment program. The new safety net law, passed during the most recent legislative session, requires HCA to offer hospitals an agreement giving the hospital a remedy should the state reduce payments under the program.... Read More >>

Webcast: Making financing work for your budget

Hospitals and clinics often struggle to find ways to finance the acquisition of medical equipment and technology to meet the needs of their patients. Join us on Monday, Nov. 2 at noon to learn how Kingsbridge Healthcare Finance provides leading-edge leasing products that produce cost-effective financing.... Read More >>

Senior Vice President Katie Holmes to leave WSHA

Senior Vice President for Operations and Membership Katie Holmes will be leaving WSHA in mid-November. Katie has led a wide variety of projects at WSHA, and her energy and enthusiasm for this work has been significant. She will be missed, and we wish her and her family all the best in their new adventures!... Read More >>

1.5 million Washingtonians used the health exchange

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced last week that 1.5 million Washingtonians accessed health coverage through between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015.... Read More >>

WSHA joins amicus brief in case on a provider’s ‘Duty to Warn’

WSHA has joined other health care associations to file an amicus curiae (Friend of the Court) brief in the case of Volk v. DeMeerleer. The case before the Washington State Supreme Court addresses the scope of the duty of medical providers to warn third parties when a patient makes vague threats of violence but no actual threat to an identifiable victim.... Read More >>

New opportunities for state student loan repayment funding

Mental health providers, pharmacists and primary care providers have an opportunity to be eligible for student loan repayment funds through the newly re-instituted state loan repayment program, the Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP). This new program is offered in addition to the continuing federal National Health Service Corps, and the Federal-State Loan Repayment Program (FSLRP).... Read More >>

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest kickoff

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest held a kickoff event Oct. 23 for teams that will begin implementing advance care planning in their organizations. More than 110 participants from across Washington State came together to learn more about the first steps needed to program implementation. The groups in this first cohort include hospitals, health systems and medical groups of all sizes, representing all areas of the state.... Read More >>

2015 PAC Campaign continues to make progress

Since our last update at the end of September, several more members have reached their individual hospital goals in the 2015 PAC Campaign. The WHPAC plays a critical role in supporting the campaigns for hospital and health care champions.... Read More >>

Urgent action: Oppose site neutral payments in federal budget deal

A federal budget deal was reached and filed Oct. 26 that, beginning in 2017, would require that all new hospital-based physician services provided at “off-campus” locations be paid based solely on the physician fee schedule. Existing hospital-owned practices – as of the date of enactment – would be grandfathered and paid under the current provider-based rules. ... Read More >>

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