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Weekly Report for March 26, 2015 – Finally– a SGR Fix and Progress Toward Value

After years of short-term fixes, the U.S House of Representatives is scheduled to vote to repeal and replace the flawed SGR methodology in a 10-year deal – H.R. 2. (What’s... Read More >>

Action Needed on SGR Fix

To: CEOs, WSHA Board Members, and Government Affairs Representatives (The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems sent a similar message to their members.)   From:  Cassie Sauer, Senior Vice... Read More >>

Telemedicine

Two big telemedicine bills have hearings this week. Our primary focus continues to be on SB 5175, which requires commercial and Medicaid health plans to reimburse providers for health care... Read More >>

Protecting Patient Information

Tuesday, Premera Blue Cross announced that it was a victim of a cyberattack that affected the data of 11 million people, going back to 2002. The Mountlake Terrace company has... Read More >>

All-Payer Claims Database: Will the Legislature Revise the Current Law?

Last session the state enacted a law, HB 2572, creating an all-payer claims database. With last-minute political maneuvering, the law as passed was flawed. The law has no mandate on private... Read More >>

Focus: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislation

Mental health is a top policy and budget priority for WSHA this year, and for legislators as well. The Supreme Court case on psychiatric boarding helped bring the issue to... Read More >>

Weekly Report for March 12, 2015 – Remembering Dr. Stuart Farber

Remembering Dr. Stuart Farber: Guest Column by Deborah Swets, VP Membership The end of February brought the passing of a remarkable man, a giant in the health care world to... Read More >>

Action Needed: ‘Site Neutral’ Payments Would Hurt Hospitals with High Medicare Populations

To: CEOs, CFOs, and Government Relations Staff of Impacted Hospitals By April 1, Congress must act to prevent the Medicare physician payment cut from going into effect.  During these budget negotiations,... Read More >>

Bill Focus: SB 5593 Suspect and Inmate Guarding

Overview of the Week The caucus and floor action continues as we approach this week’s cutoff for bills to be voted on and passed by their house of origin. Since... Read More >>

Weekly Report for March 5, 2015 – When Patients Become Consumers

While patients have always been the focus for direct caregivers, the health care system as a whole has not always put patients’ needs at the center. Patients felt that employers... Read More >>

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