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Bree Collaborative Considers Prior Authorization Standard Model

The Bree Collaborative, a Governor-appointed group of public and private partners working to improve health care quality, outcomes and affordability, is considering prior authorization as one of its focal points for the upcoming year. ... Read More >>

Contact HCA if Experiencing Challenges with Post-Acute Care Discharge Placement for Medicaid Patients

WSHA is working to address the difficulty many hospitals face in finding post-hospital placement for patients who have completed their acute care hospital stay. ... Read More >>

Legislators, Insurance Commissioner Consider Balance Billing Legislation

Legislators and the Washington State Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kriedler, are planning legislation for the 2017 legislative session to address the issue of balance billing of patients for services provided outside of the health plan’s network. Legislation was considered last year but did not end up passing. Now the issue is back. ... Read More >>

Nondiscrimination Policy Updates; HHS Final Rule, “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” Implementing Section 1557 of the ACA

  To: Chief Executive Officers, Hospital and Health System Counsel, and Chief Nursing Officers From: Zosia Stanley, JD, MHA, Policy Director and Gavin Keene, Legal Extern Staff contact: Zosia Stanley,... Read More >>

WSHA and AHA express concerns with proposed Medicare outpatient rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released its proposed rule for changes to the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system. The rule proposes to implement the site-neutral provisions of Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.... Read More >>

Leading and shaping the future of health care

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as your next Washington State Hospital Association president. What an honor to lead a passionate, smart, dedicated, mission-driven staff in serving passionate, smart, dedicated, mission-driven members!... Read More >>

Help us honor your hospital with WSHA awards!

We would like to honor your hospital’s leaders and programs! Now is the time to make nominations for WSHA’s awards, which will be presented at the Annual Member Meeting Oct. 13-14 in Seattle. Your nominations are needed and deadlines are coming soon!... Read More >>

Summer fun and support

For many children, summer is packed with day camps and activities, and in Everett, a day camp has spent two decades offering a unique summer camp for children with special needs as well as their siblings. Camp Prov, put on by the Providence Children’s Center (a part of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett), includes swimming, arts and crafts, nature walks, music and visits to a local petting farm, all with support for children’s motor and communication development.... Read More >>

WSHA member Cordant Health creates a program to fight opioid epidemic

As the opioid epidemic continues to threaten many people’s lives, WSHA and member Cordant Health Solutions recently collaborated to introduce a new drug take-back program.... Read More >>

Zika resources in Washington State

In Washington State, if you are caring for a patient suspected or confirmed of being infected with the Zika virus, contact your local health jurisdiction for reporting and assistance. You can also call Department of Health at 206-418-5500 for urgent situations if you cannot reach someone at your local health jurisdiction.... Read More >>

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