Health Care Authority to make prospective inpatient payment correction

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals of the Health Care Authority’s response to requests filed by WSHA hospitals appealing the significant reduction in PPS Medicaid inpatient and outpatient rates effective November 1, 2015. ... Read More >>

Governor’s budget released: Mental Health gets much-needed support

Governor Inslee today released his revisions to the 2015-2017 biennial budget, placing priority on education, relief for the state’s devastating 2015 wildfires and urgent mental health needs. The Governor had an additional $245 million in revenue to work with, in part thanks to the state’s economic growth. He also proposed closing tax loopholes and spending money out of the budget stabilization account. He faced a number of issues requiring significant spending – including paying for last summer’s wildfires and increasing prescription drug costs.... Read More >>

State Seeking Global Waiver Project Proposals

The purpose of this bulletin is to make you aware that the state is soliciting local and statewide projects for exploration and selection in the state’s global waiver negotiations with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for Medicaid. Project proposals are due January 15, 2016 to the state Health Care Authority (HCA).... Read More >>

Welcome new members Western State, Eastern State hospitals

WSHA would like to welcome Washington State’s psychiatric hospitals Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital as members in 2016. Both hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission (TJC) and certified by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ... Read More >>

Fred Hutch researchers find promise in treating pancreatic cancer in mice

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center researchers Dr. Sunil Hingorani and Dr. Phil Greenberg have found that a specialized type of immunotherapy has boosted pancreatic cancer survival rates in mice by more than 75 percent, even when used without chemotherapy or radiation. The results are so promising that human clinical trials are planned within the next year.... Read More >>

New Industry Partners: InSight and Hospital Careers

Washington Hospital Services is pleased to introduce its two newest partners InSight and Hospital Careers! InSight is the leading national telepsychiatry service provider organization with a mission to increase access to quality behavioral health care through telehealth.... Read More >>

Network Services Solutions will exhibit at HIMSS16

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Network Services Solutions (NSS) will attend and exhibit their services at HIMSS16 (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Conference in Las Vegas Feb. 29 to March 4, 2016, at booth number 8451. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building and professional development on how to best use information technology to improve healthcare outcomes.... Read More >>

Good data, good decisions

The New York Times has created a deeply fascinating way to explore cost variation across the country, and it bears thought. On Tuesday, they published “The Experts Were Wrong About the Best Places for Better and Cheaper Health Care.” Medicare spending on procedures is a rich dataset of cost variation and has been used as a lens on the issue of cost variation.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 12/17/15

Recent member news from the Dec. 17, 2015 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

Hospitals: Check your birth filing forms — honor same-sex marriage

Recently, WSHA staff were contacted by a member of the Washington State Senate because a large hospital was using an outdated birth filing form. The correct form was developed in 2012, shortly after passage of state law allowing for same-sex marriage. The new form allows same-sex couples to be listed as parents; the old form does not.... Read More >>

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