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HCA Revises Reporting to Enable Additional Medicare DSH Payments

The Health Care Authority (HCA) has completed changes that should help many hospitals obtain significant additional Medicare disproportionate share hospital funding. WSHA became aware that HCA’s process for counting and... Read More >>

A Letter of Thanks

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season and the end of another year. I always look forward to this opportunity to pause and reflect. Those of us who work... Read More >>

On Successful Partnerships

On Monday, the state Department of Health announced that eight hospitals in our state have committed to providing treatment to a patient with Ebola, should the need arise. While all... Read More >>

Exchange Outreach and Enrollment: Are You Ready?

The second open enrollment period for the Washington Health Plan Finder ran from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015. This webcast covered the success of the first open enrollment period in 2013-2014, and some important changes for this open enrollment period.... Read More >>

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 >>

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