Health Sentinel Network recruitment deadline Aug. 1

The Sentinel Network is currently recruiting volunteer healthcare employers for a project that will help track Washington State’s rapidly changing health workforce. Employers have until Monday, Aug. 1 to participate in the first data collection period. Already, 175 health care facilities have responded, from a physician's office to large health care centers, in both rural and urban areas. The network would like your feedback as well.... Read More >>

Getting opioids out of your community – A new drug take-back program

Cordant Health Solutions recently released a drug take-back program that aims to keep unused medications off the streets and out of the hands of those who may be at risk for abuse. ... Read More >>

CDC issues updated Zika recommendations for providers

he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 25 released updated guidance for health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus. Specifically, the guidance extends to 14 days the timeframe for testing the blood of pregnant women for Zika particles. Previous guidance had set the timeframe at one week; however, new evidence has found that Zika virus can be present in the blood for longer after symptoms begin.... Read More >>

CMS proposes bundled payment models for cardiac and hip fracture care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 25 proposed a new payment model that would bundle payment to acute care hospitals for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services. The proposed rule also would expand the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint (CJR) Replacement model to include other surgical treatments for hip and femur fractures beyond hip replacement.... Read More >>

Pharmacy Commission considers rules on new license provisions

On July 18, the State Pharmacy Commission released a draft emergency rule to allow hospitals to extend their pharmacy license to owned clinics for the purpose of transferring medications. The commission will consider approving the emergency rule at a special meeting from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. July 29. The web meeting is open to the public.... Read More >>

MACRA for critical access hospitals

Click here to view webcast recording  Click here to view webcast slides Audience: This webinar is intended for CEOs, CFOs, Chief Medical Officers, and Quality Leaders at Critical Access Hospitals.... Read More >>

MACRA for non-critical access hospitals

Click here to view webcast recording  Click here to view webcast slides Audience: This webinar is intended for CEOs, CFOs, Chief Medical Officers, and Quality Leaders at Washington State non-Critical... Read More >>

Industry Partners Webcast: Overlooked Sources of Revenue

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner BESLER Consulting will be presenting a three-part educational webinar series exploring revenue recovery opportunities or “found money” often overlooked by hospitals. Part one will take a deeper dive into the unique financial opportunities to be had from Class Action Settlements. ... Read More >>

Webcasts July 26 on how MACRA changes how physicians are paid

WSHA will host two webcasts on July 26 detailing how the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which was passed by Congress in 2015, fundamentally changes how physicians are paid. WSHA will offer separate webcasts for critical access hospitals (8-9:30 a.m.) and non-critical access hospitals (12-1:30 p.m.).... Read More >>

Notice – date change for elective PCI certificate of need rulemaking meeting

The rules development meeting to discuss proposed changes to certificate of need for elective PCI has been changed to Wednesday, August 3 from 9am to 12pm. ... Read More >>

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