Inside Olympia: Establishing health emergency labor standards, Qui Tam and more

The session is off to a quick start, and WSHA will be addressing the following major legislation this week.... Read More >>

Volunteering at a COVID-19 mass vaccine clinic

COVID-19 has seen all of us taking on new roles and tasks to meet the demands of the pandemic. I recently had the unique experience of pausing my “usual” work on the WSHA Safety & Quality team to utilize my RN license and administer COVID-19 vaccinations.... Read More >>

MultiCare reaches agreement to acquire ownership interest in Capital Medical Center

MultiCare Health System announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire ownership interest in Capital Medical Center, an affiliate of LifePoint Health.... Read More >>

Telemedicine payment parity law and training requirement now in effect

WSHA issued a new bulletin about two important changes to Washington State’s telemedicine laws. As of Jan. 1, 2021, Washington State’s telemedicine payment parity law is in full effect, which means payment for telemedicine services must be at the same rate as if the health care service were provided in person.... Read More >>

Upcoming webinar addresses methamphetamine use

Methamphetamine use and methamphetamine-involved deaths are increasing in Washington State - and are an issue directly impacting patients and hospitals. Join the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (UW ADAI) for an upcoming webinar to learn more about this important issue.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 1/15/2021

Recent member news from the 1/15/2021 edition of the Weekly Report newsletter. ... Read More >>

Permitted disclosures of mental health information and substance use disorder information without patient consent

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide psychiatric hospitals and acute care hospitals with inpatient behavioral health programs or that accept Single Bed Certification guidance on when they may disclose information related to mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment to a patient’s family and other close relations without the patient’s consent.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Legislative session 2021 is now underway

Hearings and most voting will be held virtually this year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic... Read More >>

Telemedicine Payment Parity Law and Training Requirement Now in Effect

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about two important changes to Washington State’s telemedicine laws. Washington State’s telemedicine payment parity law is in full effect as of January 1, 2021. Washington State’s mandatory telemedicine training for most health care professionals is now available and must be completed by June 30, 2021.... Read More >>

Temporary and long-term staffing opportunities

As we approach this new year with renewed hopes, Washington Hospital Services (WHS) Industry Partner Staff Care welcomes the opportunity learn more about WSHA’s hospital members to understand how they can assist members with temporary and long-term staffing planning and goals.... Read More >>

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