Change your oil and eat your vegetables

"I don't understand my health care bills." This is a perfectly reasonable concern that comes to us from patients, lawmakers and even our own friends and family members. Working their way down line items on seemingly impenetrable bills, patients spend hours Googling CPT codes, trying to make sense of services and costs. They ask, “Why do they make it so hard for consumers to understand?”... Read More >>

Webcasts July 26 on how MACRA changes how physicians are paid

WSHA will host two webcasts on July 26 detailing how 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.), with speaker Harold D. Miller — president and CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform (CHQPR) and a nationally recognized expert — discussing the implications of MACRA for your hospital and your physicians.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 7/21/2016

Recent member news from the July 21, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Progress on addressing the opioid epidemic

Every day, hospitals see the devastating effects of the U.S. opioid epidemic. While prescription opioids can be a safe and necessary part of pain management, these drugs also carry serious risks of harm because of the potential for addiction, misuse, overdose and death. This national epidemic is receiving much-needed attention from all corners of society.... Read More >>

Book your room now for the Annual Meeting Oct. 13-14

October may still seem far away, but now is the time to book your room for WSHA’s 84th Annual Member Meeting Oct. 13-14 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle! We have room blocks at the Edgewater Hotel and the Marriott Waterfront.... Read More >>

A quiet and beautiful space for healing

Natural environments help the healing process, but sometimes quiet spaces with natural beauty can be difficult to come by in the city. However, thanks to a unique partnership between the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS), Veterans and Friends of Puget Sound, Inc. and the University of Washington’s Department of Landscape Architecture, patients and families at the VAPSHCS hospital have a new place to find peace and rejuvenation, as the hospital unveiled a new outdoor healing garden in June.... Read More >>

Webinar Aug. 4: Leveraging population health data to improve pregnancy outcomes

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner ZeOmega will host a webinar exploring how population health strategies and tools that can be used by WSHA members to help identify patients with high-risk pregnancies and engage them and intervene with the right care at the right time.... Read More >>

Pokémon Go a problem? Request getting removed

Some of you might have found that there are guests running around your hospital playing Pokémon Go. The American Hospital Association is working with Nintendo on this. In the meantime, there is a way to request that your facility be removed (although the process is apparently a little burdensome).... Read More >>

Healthcare Quality Services seeking reviewers

Healthcare Quality Services is looking to add to our roster for specialty specific reviewers! We are currently searching for physicians specializing in urology, otolaryngologyOBGYN and orthopedics.... Read More >>

CDC reports first case of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) July 15 reported the first case of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus, in which a New York woman apparently transmitted the virus to a male sexual partner after returning from an area with active Zika transmission.... Read More >>

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