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Certified Application Counselor Training

The purpose of this bulletin is to notify you that the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) will be offering training for Certified Application Counselors (CACs) from October 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014. The Exchange is hosting a webinar on October 1, 2014 to review the CAC training curriculum and answer any questions you may have regarding the training and certification requirements for the 2014-2015 open enrollment period.... Read More >>

Don’t Be the Last To Know

What does your disaster preparedness coordinator know that you don’t? Do you know what they worry about? By nature and training, disaster preparedness coordinators worry about a lot of things. But they also deeply understand what it takes for a community to respond do, and recover from, a disaster. If you don’t meet with them... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Recommends $42 Million Medicaid Payment Cut to Hospital Clinics, Other Changes

  Health Care Authority Recommends $42 Million Medicaid Payment Cut to Hospital Clinics, Other Changes   Last week the Health Care Authority (HCA) submitted to Governor Inslee a set of recommendations to meet the governor’s request that agencies submit proposals to achieve a 15 percent budget reduction for the 2015-2017 biennium. The recommendations include a reduction... Read More >>

WSHA’s Updated Quality Transparency Website Launch

The purpose of this bulletin is to prepare you for the launch of the Washington State Hospital Association’s quality transparency website on October 15. As a strategic initiative supported by the board, WSHA is breathing new life into the wahospitalquality.org website with a major redesign.... Read More >>

Single Bed Certification: New Emergency Rule and Practical Guidance For Hospitals

The purpose of this bulletin is to: Inform hospitals about the Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) new emergency rule and form for Single Bed Certifications. These were issued in response to the recent Washington State Supreme Court decision regarding psychiatric boarding.... Read More >>

Alliance Release of County-Level Data Report: Choosing Wisely

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information about the Washington Health Alliance’s report on the Choosing Wisely initiative in Washington State. The report uses county-level claims data to show variation in the use of diagnostic testing and treatment across the state, but does not include the clinical information a physician might consider to make a about patient care. Variation between counties is considerable.... Read More >>

WSHA’s Partnership for Patients Efforts Receive National Kudos

Our members always strive to give their patients the best care possible. But three years ago the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) challenged U.S hospitals to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and hospital readmissions by 20 percent by December 2014.   Ninety-seven WSHA hospitals joined the initiative and pledged to work together to... Read More >>

Broad View of Health

The Fearsome Dandelion If you have a lawn, you probably hate dandelions. And yet, it is the symbol for this year’s WSHA Annual meeting. Why? You have to respect the dandelion. If nature’s sole purpose is to be fruitful and multiply, dandelions do a brilliant job. They are efficient, adventurous and successful: the perfect symbol... Read More >>

Infection Control and Triage for Serious Communicable Diseases

Infection Control and Triage for Serious Communicable Diseases To: Hospital Administrators   The Washington State Department of Health and Washington State Hospital Association have issued a letter detailing recommendations for procedures and triage for serious communicable diseases, especially Ebola virus disease (EVD).   The purpose of this letter is to ask you to protect your... Read More >>

Preparing Hospital Staff for the Worst

You know how it works on an airplane. They tell you every single time: The oxygen masks will drop. Secure your own mask before assisting others. They have to be that clear, that explicit and that repetitive because they know it’s counter to most parents’ instincts to first help their child. But the experience and the reality... Read More >>

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