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WSHA submits comment letter to OIC regarding prior authorization rule changes

WSHA recently sent the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) a comment letter and recommendations in response to the OIC’s request for comments related to health plan prior authorizations, which are used to determine if medical procedures, services or medications will be covered by health insurance. The OIC is considering rulemaking to streamline the prior authorization process and make it easier for consumers and providers to get prior authorizations.... Read More >>

Hospital clinical experts needed to fill vacancies on the Health Technology Clinical Committee

The Washington 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. The application process has been extended. Applications will now be accepted until 5pm on June 24. Click here for more information on the application process.... Read More >>

Countdown to Chelan: Registration closing tomorrow!

If you haven’t yet registered for WSHA and AWPHD’s 40th Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference June 26-29 in Chelan, there is still time, but be sure to register soon, because registration closes tomorrow!... Read More >>

Recent member news: 6/16/2016

Recent member news from the June 16, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Industry Partner Webcast: Keep your off-sites safe, sustainable and compliant

Please join us June 22 from noon to 1pm for a presentation by Michael Geller from Providence Health and Services and WHS Industry Partner Stericycle on how to create safe, sustainable and compliant systems for pharmacy waste in offsite locations.... Read More >>

WSHA Submits Comment Letter to Insurance Commissioner Regarding Prior Authorization Rule Changes

WSHA recently sent the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) a comment letter and recommendations in response to the OIC’s request for comments related to health plan prior authorizations. The OIC is considering rulemaking to streamline the prior authorization process and make it easier for consumers and providers to get prior authorizations.... Read More >>

Countdown to Chelan: Registration closing June 17

WSHA and AWPHD’s 40th Annual Rural Hospital Leadership June 26-29 in Chelan is fast approaching, and registration will close online next Friday, June 17, so be sure to register now! Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to download the new WSHA mobile app, which is available for Apple and Android devices.... Read More >>

Capital funding for mental health beds available

Over the last several years, WSHA has lobbied the state legislature to make significant investments in mental health. This work has resulted in tens of millions of dollars in capital funding for mental health beds. Using this funding, a number of new mental health beds have already opened, and many more are in development. The Washington State Department of Commerce just released the application for a second pool of money for capital grants to create mental health capacity. Applications are due July 28... Read More >>

Rural hospitals keeping Washington healthy

Rural hospitals face unique challenges and opportunities every day. Situated across our state’s beautiful countryside, they help ensure that everyone in Washington has access to high quality health care to keep living healthy, fulfilling lives. They also bring jobs as well as economic stability to their communities, serving as a conduit to emergency services and primary care.... Read More >>

The impact of poverty on health care spending

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins would like to share a blog article discussing the relationship between poverty and the increased demand on health care services. The article suggests that policy-makers often do not account for the income level of the community when pointing to examples of who is doing a “good” job in managing their patient populations. ... Read More >>

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