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Hospital Engagement with State Transformation

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is moving forward with its plans to transform the health care system. The agency recently issued a grant opportunity to establish ten communities of health in the state. Now is the time for hospital leaders to make sure they are appropriately represented in the governance structures of these newly created organizations. ... Read More >>

Veterans: Serving Country, Serving Patients

Veterans Day is an important opportunity to recognize the veterans who have served our country so well. Too often, these proud men and women are coming back to a civilian... Read More >>

WSHA Responds to HCA Hospital-Based Clinic Cut Proposal

As part of the process to develop a budget proposal for the upcoming biennium (State Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017), the Health Care Authority’s (HCA’s) recommendations to the Governor included a... Read More >>

Expanding Access to Health Care: The Time is Now

An interesting article in Forbes talks about a recent McKinsey study looking into the effects of the ACA. The headline: competition and choice are increasing for consumers, and premium rate increases... Read More >>

HCA Proposes $42 Million Cut to Hospital-Based Clinic Payments: Your Action Needed

Background:  The state has begun its process to develop a budget proposal for the upcoming biennium, state fiscal years 2015 to 2017. The process starts with agency recommendations to the Governor,... Read More >>

Celebrating Safety Collaborations

We hit a notable landmark this week. Our “Safe Tables” are protected learning collaboratives that create a space for quality leaders from hospitals across the state—even competing hospitals—can share best... Read More >>

Julie Petersen Will Chair Washington State Hospital Association

Leadership Role Guides Hospitals’ Work  Julie Petersen, CEO of PMH Medical Center in Prosser, has been elected Chair of the Washington State Hospital Association. As Chair, Petersen will preside over... Read More >>

2014 Community Health Leadership Award Honors Island Hospital for their School-Based Mental Health:

SEATTLE – Island Hospital in Anacortes received the Washington State Hospital Association’s Community Health Leadership Award for its innovative approach to delivering mental health services to students in a rural... Read More >>

Keeping Moving on the Important, Stepping Up to the Urgent

At last week’s annual meeting, we introduced a powerful new tool: www.WAHospitalQuality.org. This site takes the results on almost 90 measures for all of our state’s 99 hospitals, and makes them... Read More >>

State in Process of Drawing Boundaries for Behavioral Health Purchasing

  The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) are in the process of determining the regional boundaries they will use for... Read More >>

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