HCA Clarifies Authorization and Payment Provisions for Monoclonal Antibodies and Ambulance Services

WSHA has been actively working with the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) to identify and remedy issues impacting access to medical care during the COVID emergency. ... Read More >>

Distributing opioid overdose reversal medication in EDs and behavioral health settings – effective January 1, 2022

This bulletin provides hospitals information about 2SSB 5195, a new law requiring hospital emergency departments (EDs) and many behavioral health settings (defined below), such as inpatient psychiatric units and psychiatric hospitals, to dispense or distribute opioid overdose reversal medication to patients at risk of an opioid overdose for individual use after discharge. The purpose of the new law is to have individuals at-risk of an opioid overdose leave hospitals and behavioral health settings with opioid overdose reversal medication. Hospitals will also have to provide patients at risk of an opioid overdose with information about medications for opioid use disorder and harm reduction strategies.[i]  The requirements for hospital EDs and behavioral health settings are effective January 1, 2022.... Read More >>

WSHA eSeries turns focus

The next keynote in the series is on Sept. 30 with Dr. Kevin Jenkins... Read More >>

WSHA launches readmissions data dashboard

As part of our Readmissions Roundtable series, WSHA is pleased to announce the launch of a new safety and quality data dashboard for our hospitals in Washington... Read More >>

Workforce spotlight: Nurse technician (student nurse) information

WSHA wants to ensure members are aware of the option to include the nurse technician (student nurse) role at your hospital, clinic or long-term care unit... Read More >>

New FAQ on HCA’s PMP check requirement for outpatient prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances to Apple Health patients

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is requiring a new prescription monitoring program (PMP) check requirement for outpatient prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances to Apple Health patients beginning Oct. 1, 2021... Read More >>

PQAC announces routine pharmacy inspections to resume “soon”

The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (PQAC) announced that “PQAC inspectors will be resuming routine inspections soon.”... Read More >>

DOH reminder on PMP-EHR integration mandate

The Department of Health (DOH) issued a reminder regarding the Prescription Monitoring Program-Electronic Health Record integration mandate that is currently delayed until Jan. 1, 2022... Read More >>

UW virtual lecture: ‘Thriving in Medicine Today’ Oct. 14

The University of Washington’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Continuing Education Programs is preparing to launch its 2021-2022 Occupational and Environmental Medicine Grand Rounds Lecture Series. The first lecture, “Thriving in Medicine Today,” will take place live and virtually from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14... Read More >>

From MultiCare Deaconess: Fall prevention strategies in a pandemic

A pandemic makes for difficult circumstances to improve processes. Here at MultiCare Deaconess Hospital, we went back to fall prevention basics, conducting a PDSA using established tools and research as a guide... Read More >>

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