Weekly Report for June 4, 2015 – New House and Senate Budgets Released: No Big Changes in Hospital Issues

Over the last week, we saw two new budget proposals:  the Senate Republicans released a new budget last Thursday, followed by the House Democrats on Monday. If you’ve never looked at a state budget, it’s an impressive set of documents. As soon as a budget proposal is released, WSHA staff and lobbyists immediately begin a... Read More >>

Weekly Report for May 28, 2015 – Seeking the Right Care at the Right Time

Atul Gawande, MD, is relentless in his efforts to shine a bright light on the future of health care. His “Checklist Manifesto” and “Being Mortal” sit on many bookshelves in the Puget Sound area, including bookshelves at WSHA. His latest New Yorker article is a good, but uncomfortable read (see it here). It’s a stimulating... Read More >>

Weekly Report for May 21, 2015 – Focus on Rurals: The Chelan Conference

The days are getting brighter and longer: for those of us at WSHA, all those signs of summer are also signs of the conference we just refer to as “Chelan.” It’s complete name is the “WSHA & AWPHD Rural Hospital Leadership Conference.” This is an annual meeting of great importance to our members and to us. ... Read More >>

Weekly Report for May 14, 2015 – Thoughtful and Collaborative Public Policy Serves Us All

As Cassie talked about a few weeks ago, a delegation of WSHA staff and members went to Washington D.C. to attend the American Hospital Association (AHA) annual meeting. The trip was a potent reminder to me that the work we do in D.C. and in Olympia has a huge impact. With their massive regulatory and... Read More >>

Weekly Report for May 7, 2015 – Honoring Nurses: Guest Column by Gladys Campbell, RN

Each year from May 6–12, the nation celebrates National Nurses Week. This is a time when we pause to recognize the most trusted profession in America, nursing, and the 3.5 million nurses across our nation. At the very heart of our health care system, nurses serve in every setting and in every region of the county, providing leadership, advocacy,... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 30, 2015 – En Route to the Other Washington

WSHA staff and members are heading to Washington D.C. next week to attend the American Hospital Association Annual Meeting and lobby our Congressional delegation on key issues. Our key issues include support of the 340B drug discount program, increasing access to mental health treatment, expanding Medicare coverage for telemedicine, changing the federal 96-hour rule for rural hospitals, and... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 16, 2015 – Washington Hospitals Services Growing to Serve You

Guest Message from Tom Evert, President of Washington Hospital Services and CFO of WSHA For thirty years, Washington Hospital Services has given WSHA members a place to pursue projects and services that fall outside of the association’s charter. For much of that time, WHS administered worker’s compensation and unemployment claims management services. In the last few... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 9, 2015 – Telemedicine Success

Great news to report from Olympia—the telemedicine bill passed both houses! Telemedicine was last year’s big heartbreak. The bill passed a unanimous House and had great hearings in the Senate. However, it was not brought up for a vote after misinformation occurred on the potential use of telemedicine services. Today, we celebrate. The bill passed... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 23, 2015 – The Return of Whooping Cough

We received a letter last week from Dr. Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH, who is our state’s Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases. He shared this bad news about the rise of pertussis, or whooping cough: “Now, pertussis is definitely on the rise again. So far this year there have been 319 reported cases of pertussis compared to... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 2, 2015 – Budget Battles

We have now seen two very different state budgets—the House released its proposed budget on Friday, and the Senate released theirs on Tuesday. Immediately after the documents were posted online, WSHA staff got busy doing what they do best: digging into the complex and sometimes confusing documents to see what’s really going on behind the... Read More >>

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