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National Preparedness Month

How do you get ready for the worst? And how do you help other people get ready for the worst? That’s the challenge given to all of us as part of National Preparedness... Read More >>

Patients and Hospitals Face Exchange Enrollment Issues

For the past several months, insurers, joined by the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), have been highlighting problems in the Washington Health Benefit... Read More >>

Staying Focused on Boarding

Our attention continues to be on the Supreme Court and the implementation of their decision to end psychiatric boarding. The decision was the right one, but the immediate solution is... Read More >>

Leading Quality and Safety

Using Antibiotics Wisely– Best Weapon in the Fight Against “Super Bugs” Healthcare providers work hard to prevent the spread of serious bacterial illnesses through diligent hand hygiene, isolation of infected... Read More >>

WSHA Analysis of Proposed 2015 Medicare Outpatient Rule

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an overview of proposed 2015 Medicare outpatient final rule, which will affect Medicare outpatient payments to Washington State hospitals. This bulletin is also intended to alert members to their opportunity to obtain the detailed hospital-specific analysis done by the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) that is available through the secure file transfer mechanism, and to alert members to their opportunity to comment on the proposed rule.... Read More >>

Speeding Through Summer

For organizations traditionally in the policy and advocacy business, our annual cycles rotated around the legislative session and election season. But over the years, WSHA’s scope of work has widened... Read More >>

Leading Quality and Safety

WSHA Partnership for Patients Reduces Number of Women in ICU for Preeclampsia by 76.6% Recent data shows that since the first quarter of 2012 the number of women admitted to... Read More >>

Working Through Uncertainty to Care for Patients in Mental Health Crisis

Almost immediately after we sent out Weekly Report last week, the state Supreme Court issued its ruling In re the Detention of: D.W., a court case over psychiatric boarding in... Read More >>

Supreme Court Decision on Single Bed Certifications May Impact Payments

While operational challenges will undoubtedly unfold after last week’s Washington State Supreme Court decision to end the practice of psychiatric boarding through Single Bed Certifications (SBCs) for patients without medical comorbidities,... Read More >>

Bree Collaborative’s Draft Surgery Bundle Recommendations

To inform you about the Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative draft report on Lumbar Fusion Surgery Bundle and the companion report on Spinal Fusion Warranty. We encourage you to comment on the reports, after reading them along with the issues discussed in this bulletin.... Read More >>

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