New Requirements to Retain Unreported Sexual Assault Kits: Effective Immediately

The purpose of this bulletin is to alert all hospitals providing sexual assault evidence kit collection that there is a temporary moratorium on destruction of unreported sexual assault kits. ... Read More >>

Forks Community Hospital gains Certification in Infection Prevention

Forks Community Hospital has received its Certification in Infection Prevention from DNV GL Healthcare. The certification recognizes completement of a risk assessment program.... Read More >>

WSHA members celebrate National Hospital Week across the state

Happy National Hospital Week! At WSHA, we are constantly impressed by the dedication Washington hospitals and health systems bring to serving their patients. Throughout the week, WSHA members have taken the opportunity to celebrate hospital staff, highlight the important work that goes into maintaining health care services and offer education around services offered. ... Read More >>

Effective July 28, 2019, changes to Whistleblower Protections and Peer Review Law

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform you of an expansion of the state’s whistleblower law.... Read More >>

Save the date: 2019 Legislative Summary Webcast

Please save the date to attend the 2019 Legislative Summary webcast at noon on Tuesday, May 21. This webinar will provide hospital and health system leaders with important information from this legislative session, including action needed to comply with newly adopted state law.... Read More >>

WSHA to launch New Law Implementation Guide

Now that legislative session is over, WSHA’s Government Affairs staff are hard at work preparing resources to assist members with implementing all the new laws. ... Read More >>

Draft CMS guidance on hospital co-location released, WSHA requests comments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released draft guidance on hospital co-location and shared service arrangements, available here. ... Read More >>

Early bird registration for Rural Hospital Leadership Conference to end next week

Registration is open for WSHA and AWPHD’s 43rd Annual Rural Hospital Leadership Conference June 23-26 at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan. ... Read More >>

House members call for DSH cut delay

Three hundred two members of the House of Representatives – including eight from Washington State – this week urged House leaders to work to delay for at least two years the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts scheduled to take effect October 1. ... Read More >>

Federal surprise billing legislation starts to move

The pace of congressional efforts to address “surprise billing” is quickening. This week, House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders unveiled a discussion draft of a bipartisan proposal that would prohibit balance billing for all emergency services and hold patients responsible only for the amount they would have paid in-network.... Read More >>

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