Clinical experts needed for state Disaster Medical Advisory Committee

On Jan. 1, 2015 the Washington State Department of Health launched a planning effort to create a state-level structure for clinical engagement on issues related to Crisis Standards of Care during an emergency of state-level importance. The need for regional medical surge planning that incorporates the ability to implement regional crisis standards of care is recognized by many local, state and federal agencies.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 11/19/15

Member news headlines from the Nov. 19, 2015 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

ZeOmega: Presents the five pillars of population health

WSHA Industry Partner ZeOmega will host a webinar at noon Dec. 16 on the five pillars of population health: a comprehensive and inclusive approach to successful population health management.... Read More >>

Preparing WSHA for the future: Leadership team promotions

In many ways, WSHA is an advance team for our members. Through our policy and patient safety work, as well as our meetings and communications, we strive to help members prepare for changes in the industry. Our work helps them stay focused on providing health care services to their communities. We must also prepare ourselves. WSHA is an incredible organization with many new opportunities before us, and like our members, we are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the future.... Read More >>

CMS Announces Recovery Audit Contractor Program Improvements

After several years of frustration and advocacy, hospitals should soon see meaningful reform to the Recover Audit Contractor (RAC) program. Effective January 1, the amount of audit requests RACs will be able to request for a hospital will be reduced by three-fourths, from 2.0 percent down to 0.5 percent of the hospital’s paid Medicare claims from the previous year.... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Rate Appeals Guidance and Webinar Slides for November 1 Medicaid Cuts

The Health Care Authority recently sent Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals notices of new Medicaid inpatient and outpatient payment rates, effective November 1. These changes are due to state calculations to ensure budget neutrality. ... Read More >>

WSHA to Help Represent Clinic Interests in Payment Redesign

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is beginning the process of updating the Medicaid payment methodology for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics. HCA is in the final stages of contracting with a technical assistance consultant to work with stakeholders to develop a successor to the current alternative payment methodology (APM).... Read More >>

CMS Implements Bundled Payments for Hip and Knee Replacements; WSHA Provides Resources

On November 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its rule concerning payment of hip and knee replacements for hospitals in selected regions. The new program goes into effect April 1, 2016 and will affect hospitals in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue and Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metropolitan service areas that provide hip and knee replacement surgery.... Read More >>

Sign up to try workplace violence prevention program

Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) is offering an opportunity to a select group of hospitals to implement a workplace violence prevention program and evaluate its effectiveness. The cost of reacting after a serious incident has occurred is 100 times more costly than taking preventive actions.... Read More >>

St. Joseph Medical Center gets local students dreaming big

Tacoma’s St. Joseph Medical Center has a partner in nearby McCarver Elementary School, and once a month, six selected students get to take the short walk with to the hospital with their co-principals for a field trip that gets their imaginations churning. One student from each grade, recognized for good behavior and citizenship, enjoy a healthy lunch of salads and sandwiches in the St. Joseph cafeteria before touring a chosen department in the hospital.... Read More >>

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