Repeal of AIDS training and education requirements and other changes to modernize Washington’s laws on HIV and AIDS

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems about recent changes modernizing Washington’s laws on certain communicable diseases, specifically human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). These changes are in effect now. ... Read More >>

New Requirements on Opioid and Controlled Substances Prescribing and New Allowance for Remote Dispensing Sites for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about new deadlines for important changes related to the prescribing of opioids and controlled substances: The Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Electronic Health Records (EHR) integration mandate has been extended and is now effective September 30, 2021 (originally January 1, 2021).... Read More >>

Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Final Rule

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems of significant changes to the regulations implementing section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ... Read More >>

Appealing to shared values can help encourage communities to wear masks

Governor Inslee has issued an order requiring everyone in Washington to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor spaces where social distancing (6 feet between you and others) is not possible.... Read More >>

PQAC releases New Rules Live Implementation Plan

The Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (PQAC) has shared its New Rule Live Implementation Plan.... Read More >>

5 sessions remain in the 2020 WSHA Summer eSymposium

The 2020 WSHA Summer eSymposium, Leadership and resiliency: Navigation through and beyond COVID-19, kicked off today but it’s not too late to register!... Read More >>

Join us in recognizing the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Besides nurses’ contributions to the body of knowledge that guides clinical care and public health, we have benefited from their countless hours, compassion and service.... Read More >>

Columbia County Health System and Booker Rest Home is making it fun to come to work

The COVID-19 quarantine and serious illness in our communities and work environments have impacted all of us. Causing many individuals to feel depressed, anxious and wondering when things will get back to normal.... Read More >>

Enrollment open for surgical care and recovery safety program

The John Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons is now enrolling hospitals for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery.... Read More >>

State releases new resources on behavioral health impacts of COVID-19

The Washington State COVID-19 Behavioral Health Response Group recently released guidance documents and other resources to support hospitals, behavioral health providers and other stakeholders plan for and respond to the behavioral health impacts of COVID-19.... Read More >>

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