Legislative update: Bills out of committee, tracking the future of telemedicine

Over the last week, the cutoffs for bills to move out of their policy and budget committees passed. It’s been a busy legislative session thus far: WSHA and AWPHD have already analyzed and tracked more than 300 bills. The list of alive bills was winnowed down considerably with the bill cutoffs.... Read More >>

Celebrating National Heart Month across Washington State

Hospitals and health systems across Washington State are celebrating National Heart Month, raising awareness about heart health. ... Read More >>

Leaders in Health Care Gala to honor former AHA President/Washingtonian Rich Umbdenstock

Washington’s 2016 Leaders in Health Care Gala Awards Dinner, sponsored by Seattle Business Magazine, will be held the evening of Feb. 25 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel. This year, former American Hospital Association (AHA) President Rich Umbdenstock will be honored with a lifetime achievement award. ... Read More >>

An opportunity to expand telemedicine: Support SB 6519

Washington State has a significant opportunity to expand services delivered through telemedicine with Senate Bill 6519. This year’s bill, sponsored by Senator Becker, seeks to allow patients to have virtual provider visits in their homes starting in January 2018. WSHA strongly supports this bill and testified last week. We are working with Senator Becker to refine the bill. The bill would also create a collaborative that would meet over the next two years to recommend to the legislature other advancements in telemedicine and telehealth.... Read More >>

Banning non-compete clauses would prevent hospitals and health systems from protecting investments in physicians: Oppose HB 2931

Two bills have advanced through the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee that would limit the use of non-compete clauses in employment contracts in Washington State. Many hospitals and physician groups in Washington State use non-compete clauses in physician contracting. Hospitals that use non-compete clauses consider them an important and necessary tool to protect hospital investments in physicians.... Read More >>

After cutoff: Bills still alive

It was an exciting week leading up to Friday’s cutoff for bills to be voted out of their original policy committee. To make it easy, we’ve listed all of the major bills we’ve been tracking. This is just a partial list; WSHA/AWPHD staff have reviewed more than 300 bills thus far. ... Read More >>

Thank you for last week: February 1-5

We are very thankful for everyone who comes to Olympia to testify! Your testimony is essential for helping legislators and the public to understand the real impact of proposed legislation. ... Read More >>

Skagit Regional Health cleared to lease Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics

Skagit Regional Health has received a Certificate of Need from the state Department of Health, which grants it approval to enter into a long-term lease of Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics. The approval allows the organizations to complete work on integration details and begin the 30-year lease on June 1.... Read More >>

CredSimple offers insight into the physician credentialing process, NCQA compliance

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner CredSimple has written two articles on topics surrounding physician credentialing. The first article discusses the benefits of centralized physician credentialing, and the second discusses some common pitfalls that organizations can fall into in trying to follow NCQA regulations.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 2/4/16

Recent member news from the Feb. 4, 2016 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

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