A time to celebrate nurses

Nurses put a tremendous amount of themselves into their jobs, making sacrifices and putting in hard and sometimes tiring work to care for their patients. To Arnese Stern, the director of nursing services at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket, nurses play a particularly special role in health care, as they care for patients throughout the full spectrum of life, caring for babies just after birth and holding the hands of patients at the end of life.... Read More >>

Support for supportive housing?

As Washington State plans a new system to transform care, one of the items that keeps surfacing is the role that supportive housing can play in helping reduce health care costs and especially emergency room use. The state has started to recognize this in some of the projects under discussion in its new Healthier Washington initiative.... Read More >>

Governor vetoes parts of Western State bill; WSHA objects

During the 2016 state legislative session, a key issue of debate was the future of Washington’s state-run psychiatric hospitals. The result was SB 6656, and WSHA was pleased with the direction it established for moving forward. However, last week, Governor Inslee vetoed significant and important portions of the bill.... Read More >>

Project Access Northwest helps bridge the gap to insurance

Patients struggle to maintain insurance and pay for care, and hospitals can end up with bad debt and unanticipated charity care. Project Access Northwest’s Premium Assistance Program — which WSHA helped launch — can help these individuals pay their premiums and keep important health care coverage for the entire year.... Read More >>

Toward health

As members and friends of WSHA know, this organization has a long and deep commitment to improving mental health care in Washington. Improving access to mental health services was our top priority this year, and the legislature made important improvements. ... Read More >>

Webcast on effective payment strategies for accounts payable

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Commerce Bank will host an educational webcast from 12-1pm May 18 about how hospitals have been able to create an efficient and profitable accounts payable department. ... Read More >>

CMS issues final rule updating Medicare/Medicaid fire safety standards

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on May 3 issued a final rule adopting the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 Life Safety Code (with minor amendments) and most chapters of its 2012 Health Care Facilities Code for hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, inpatient hospice facilities and certain other facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.... Read More >>

Incyte Diagnostics announces new leadership

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Incyte Diagnostics has announced two new leadership changes they would like to announce to WSHA members. Tom Rehwald has assumed the responsibilities of CEO, and Tom Legel has become the new CFO.... Read More >>

Study: Acute care drug shortages persist, despite 2012 law

Early evidence suggests that the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 has reduced drug shortages overall, but not for acute care drugs, according to a study published May 2 in Health Affairs.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 5/5/2016

Recent member news from the May 5, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

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