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Congress Adjourns for August Recess; Talking Points for Meetings

To: CEOs/Administrators and Government Affairs Staff Now is a great time to set up meetings with members of Congress or their staffs to discuss issues impacting health care, as they have... Read More >>

WSHA is now in its new home!

The Washington State Hospital Association has moved! Our new office is in Downtown Seattle on the 14th floor of the Wells Fargo Center. Our new space offers additional meeting space... Read More >>

CMS Draft Rule on Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement

This bulletin is intended to inform hospital Finance and Quality leaders about the Washington State Hospital Association’s (WSHA’s) resources available around the new proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on bundled payment for hip and knee replacements, known as Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR). The resources include data, a web conference, and staff to help answer questions.... Read More >>

Washington physicians and hospitals support advance care planning for public and medical community

We plan for major life events such as college, marriage, and having children - yet when it comes to planning the last chapters of our life, people often do not discuss what kind of health care they want during this significant time. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) are working towards the vision that: Everyone in Washington will receive care that honors personal values in the last chapters of life.... Read More >>

Weekly Report for July 30, 2015 – Infections in the News

Consumer Reports released new hospital ratings this week, focusing on infection rates. This created the usual flurry of media interest. While rating categories based on averages don’t reflect improvements over... Read More >>

Family Petitions of Involuntary Detention Decisions: SB 5269

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide you with information about a new law, Senate Bill 5269, known as Joel’s Law, that allows family members and legal guardians to petition the court to review an involuntary detention decision under the Involuntary Treatment Act. The Washington State Hospital Association would like to thank Eric Neiman, Attorney, Portland Managing Partner of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith for contributing to this bulletin.... Read More >>

State Releases Medicaid Global Waiver Application – Seeks Comments

This bulletin is intended to inform you of opportunities to provide public comment on the state’s work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to seek a global waiver for the transformation of Medicaid. The state is seeking $3 billion in federal funds to support transformation. The state plans to submit its application to CMS in September 2015. WSHA and AWPHD want your comments and feedback on our draft letter to the state.... Read More >>

Weekly Report for July 23, 2015 – Edge of Amazing

Hospitals have always been community-based organizations. They are governed and advised by boards of local residents, and they employ dozens and sometimes hundreds of people who are committed to caring and healing... Read More >>

Your Help Needed on CMS Geographical Standards for Critical Access Hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified rural status, location and distance requirements for critical access hospitals (CAHs). Importantly, the recently released memo (S&C 15-45-CAH) clarifies existing... Read More >>

The Fundamentals of Patient Safety for Boards

Patient safety and quality are primary fiduciary responsibilities for governing boards. WSHA and AWPHD jointly began a series of “Fundamentals” webcasts for members of hospital and health system boards and commissions on a variety of topics. The first in the series took place on Monday, July 20 on the topic: “Fundamentals of Patient Safety."... Read More >>

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