Apple Health Expansion Applications for Non-Citizens to Open in June

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on June 20, the Health Care Authority (HCA) will start to accept applications for the new Apple Health Expansion (AHE). AHE provides Apple Health-like medical coverage to income eligible adults regardless of immigration status. Coverage will be effective on July 1, 2024... Read More >>

DOH announces certificate of need program updates

The Department of Health recently provided an update of its work on certificate of need (CN) issues, including rulemaking and a report funded in the state budget to evaluate the program... Read More >>

New state law requirement to provide HIV postexposure prophylaxis treatment in emergency departments

New Law: Hospital Action Required To: Chief Executive Officers, Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers, Pharmacy Leads, Legal Counsel, and Government Affairs Leaders Please forward to relevant staff, including billing... Read More >>

WSHA, HCA Provide Webinar: New Health Coverage for Undocumented Individuals

Please join WSHA and state Health Care Authority (HCA) staff on Thursday, June 20th from 12:00 PM-1:00PM to learn about a new state health care coverage program available to undocumented residents, called... Read More >>

State Attorneys General Admonish United on Change Healthcare

24 state Attorneys General, including the Attorney General for Washington State, sent United Healthcare a letter advising that it should not favor its own entities in its response to the... Read More >>

WSHA Provides New Law Implementation Guide and Schedule of Planned Bulletins

With conclusion of the 2024 legislative session, WSHA Government Affairs staff will provide member bulletins and implementation resources for laws passed during session. Members are encouraged to periodically check our New... Read More >>

WSHA members go to D.C. for AHA Annual Meeting, visits with congressional delegation

WSHA staff and members traveled to Washington, D.C., the week of April 22 to attend the American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Meeting and meet with members of our state’s congressional delegation... Read More >>

CMS releases final rule requiring minimum staffing standards for nursing homes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule April 22 related to staffing requirements in nursing homes that receive Medicaid or Medicare funds. The new requirements exceed Washington’s state-level requirements for nursing home staffing... Read More >>

Hospital at Home

New Law: Hospital Action Required if Participating or Planning to Participate in Program To: Chief Executive Officers, Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers, Legal, Quality and Risk, and Government Affairs... Read More >>

Abortion Medication Prescription Labeling Changes

New Law: Hospital Action Required To: Hospital COOs, CMOs, OB Administrative Leads, OB Medical Leads, Pharmacy Leaders, In-House Legal, Government Affairs leaders Please forward to applicable outpatient clinic leaders Staff... Read More >>

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