Caring for the whole patient

We are spending all of May recognizing Mental Health Month and the importance of mental health care in our state. You have likely seen the almost daily news stories about mental health, both nationally and locally, and the news is often heartbreaking. We are forced to really see how hard it is for patients to access the care they need... Read More >>

Recent member news: 5/19/2016

Recent member news from the May 19, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

HCA in process of finalizing Safety Net Assessment program

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is in the process of finalizing the Safety Net Assessment program for the state’s 2017 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2016. WSHA expects the program to remain stable and relatively unchanged compared to 2016.... Read More >>

Meet new Membership Director Tracie Lievense!

We are excited to welcome a new director to the WSHA team: Tracie Lievense started last week as our new membership director. Prior to joining WSHA, Tracie served in several roles at the Swedish Foundation — most recently, as head of the foundation’s Philanthropy Services division. ... Read More >>

Saving lives through suicide prevention

new resources are constantly being introduced to help, including Harborview Medical Center’s Pacific Northwest Suicide Resource Center, launched by the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC). The program is a library of digital resources that raise awareness and offer support, especially to teens, to help save lives. The program also includes a survey of King County Schools to identify suicide resource needs in King County public schools.... Read More >>

Workshop: Creating physician-focused alternative payment models

To help Washington State physicians navigate the world of value-based payment and alternative payment models, the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and the Medical Group Management Association, Washington State (MGMA-WA) have organized a half-day workshop on Saturday, June 25 that is specifically designed for physicians and their practices.... Read More >>

Hospital clinical experts needed on the Health Technology Clinical Committee

The Washington State Health Care Authority is seeking to fill three vacancies on the Health Technology Clinical Committee. Qualified health professionals who use health technology in their scope of practice and who have experience with evidence-based medicine are encouraged to apply.Applications will be accepted until 5pm June 1.... Read More >>

Seeking applications for out-of-pocket cost task force

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities final rule May 13 to advance health equity under the Affordable Care Act. The final rule prohibits sex discrimination in health care.... Read More >>

Welcome Darryl Wolfe, new CFO at Olympic Medical Center

Olympic Medical Center has appointed Darryl Wolfe to the position of CFO. Darryl has been with the medical center for nearly a decade, with the bulk of his tenure in the finance department, where he served as treasurer, operations and business analyst, and financial analyst.... Read More >>

Members of Washington congressional delegation urge CMS to adopt ‘flexible’ rules

At WSHA’s request, seven members of the Washington congressional delegation have signed a letter urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt “flexible” rules as it implements a major change in how it provides payments for services provided in off-campus, provider-based facilities.... Read More >>

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