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Recent member news: 5/12/2016

Recent member news from the May 12, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Cordant Health impacts clinical and financial outcomes

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Cordant Health has created a one-pager that details the benefits it can bring WSHA members with its programs for managing controlled substances. ... Read More >>

Whidbey General to become WhidbeyHealth effective June 13

Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics will officially take its new name, WhidbeyHealth, on June 13. The hospital system announced the change earlier this year, and it will be the umbrella name for all the public hospital district’s services and locations.... Read More >>

Nominate now for the Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Healthcare

he Washington State Department of Health is seeking nominations for the Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Healthcare. This award recognizes individuals and facilities that have exhibited exceptional quality and value in the delivery of health services.... Read More >>

WSHA encourages hospitals to complete AHA/FHA survey on rising drug costs

WSHA, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other hospitals groups are concerned about the effect rising drug costs are having on hospital budgets and hospital costs, particularly if drugs are bundled as part of a hospital prospective payment methodology.... Read More >>

How Remote Patient Monitoring Can Impact Hospital Readmissions

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner HealthVUE has written a piece on the positive impact remote patient monitoring (RPM) can have on reducing hospital readmissions.... Read More >>

HCA Provides Webinar Slides for Potentially Preventable Readmissions Program

On April 28 the Health Care Authority hosted a webinar on its Medicaid program on potentially preventable readmissions. Under this program, effective January 1, 2016, the state applies a prospective... Read More >>

WSHA, Member Hospitals Address Under-reporting of DSH Medicaid Days

WSHA is working with the Health Care Authority (HCA) to address an issue causing a possible under-reporting of Medicaid days used on hospital Medicare cost reports. An under-reporting of days can result in loss of Medicare disproportional share hospital (DSH) payments.... Read More >>

HCA In Process of Finalizing SFY 2017 Safety Net Assessment Program

The Hospital Safety Net Assessment Program for SFY 2017, which begins July 1, 2016, is expected to be stable and relatively unchanged compared to 2016. WSHA is working closely with Health Care Authority staff to ensure the program continues to work as designed to provide budget savings to the state and funding for Medicaid hospital services.... Read More >>

All Washington Hospitals Asked to Adopt Standard Financial Assistance Applications and Communications

Two weeks ago, WSHA staff held a webinar and sent information to hospital CFOs asking each hospital in Washington to adopt a new, standardized and simplified financial assistance application and communication process. This standardized application was developed at the request of the WSHA Board by a workgroup of WSHA member hospital patient account managers. ... Read More >>

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