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HCA Addresses Issues of Programming Errors in Outpatient Payment

We have heard from many of you about issues with the Health Care Authority’s (HCA) programming of Enhanced Ambulatory Payment Groups (EAPGs)  related to implementation of the new  payment system... Read More >>

Partnership for Patients 2.0 — Sign Up Now

Partnership for Patients 2.0 – Sign Up Now Hospitals around the nation are embracing the continuation of our journey toward safety. The WSHA Patient Safety Committee stated: It is imperative... Read More >>

WSHA and AWPHD Report on Lobbying Expenses for Medicare Cost Reports

The purpose of this Bulletin is to inform WSHA and AWPHD members of the proportion of membership dues used for lobbying purposes.... Read More >>

Week in Review

Bills that impact the state budget had another major cutoff last week, when they were supposed to have been voted on by their fiscal committees. By March 11, bills must... Read More >>

Weekly Report for February 26, 2015 – Hospitals, Providers and the Reproductive Privacy Act

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against Skagit Regional Health in Mt. Vernon, alleging that the hospital is in violation of the Reproductive Privacy Act (passed... Read More >>

Overview

It was an exciting week leading up to Friday’s cutoff for bills to be voted out of their committee. (Cutoff calendar is here) To make it easy, we’ve listed all... Read More >>

Weekly Report for February 19, 2015 – Why Nurses Need Flu Vaccines: Guest Message From Carol Wagner, RN

On Sunday, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat wrote about vaccines, and whether groups such as foster parents and nurses should be required to get them. Here is an excerpt: “For at least... Read More >>

Exchange Open Enrollment Extended

The Washington Health Benefits Exchange (Exchange) announced this week it would be giving people two more months – until April 17 – to enroll for 2015 coverage in qualified health plans. This special... Read More >>

HB 1870: Prohibiting Certificate of Need for Partnerships Among Washington State Hospitals

Representatives Joe Schmick and Eileen Cody have introduced a bill that would prohibit the Department of Health from giving a Certificate of Need (CN) for a purchase, sale, or lease... Read More >>

Weekly Report for February 12, 2015 – Progress in the Legislature

We knew this was going to be a tough and busy legislative session, and we have not been disappointed. We are proactively developing and advocating for more bills than ever... Read More >>

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