Behavioral Health Policy and Budget Changes to Increase Bed Capacity, Including Long-Term Psychiatric Bed Capacity

This bulletin informs hospitals about behavioral health policy bills and budget items that passed with the assistance of WSHA’s advocacy during the 2021 legislative session. ... Read More >>

Early survey shows vaccine deadline’s impact on hospitals and health system staffing

Last week, we asked our members to participate in a statewide survey about their staff vaccination rates following the Oct. 4 cut-off to be vaccinated ahead of the Oct. 18 deadline.... Read More >>

Behavioral health capital project funding available

The Washington State Department of Commerce received appropriations in the 2021-2023 capital budget to support the expansion of community behavioral health services in communities across the state.... Read More >>

Phase 4 and Rural COVID Relief Funding Application Portal Open with October 26 Deadline: Resources Available

The application portal for $17 billion in provider relief funds (PRF) Phase 4 and $8.5 billion in Rural ARPA funding opened September 29 with an application deadline of October 26. ... Read More >>

Federal Agencies Release Second Set of Interim Final Rules for No Surprises Act

On September 30, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury (collectively the Departments), along with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), released its second interim final rule (IFR) entitled “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part II.”... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Posts Enhanced Medicaid Behavioral Health and Primary Care Fee Schedules

Effective for services on or after October 1, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) increased the Medicaid professional fee schedule amounts for designated behavioral health, primary care, and pediatric critical care services.... Read More >>

HCA Increases Managed Care Behavioral Health Payment Rates

The 2021-23 state operating budget also included a two percent increase for all services paid through the behavioral health portion of the managed care capitation rates. ... Read More >>

WSHA Updates Regulatory Rules Tracker

WSHA’s Government Affairs team recently published an update to its Top Priority State Rules Tracker, which shows the highest-priority ongoing state rulemaking activities impacting hospitals and health systems as part of its State Regulatory Issues webpage.... Read More >>

In Case You Missed Them! WSHA Provides Bulletins on New Laws

To assist members with implementation of the many bills passed during the 2021 legislative session, WSHA has prepared and is maintaining its New Law Implementation Guide and Implementation Resources Calendar.... Read More >>

Washington State Minimum Wage Increases to $14.49 in 2022

The Department of Labor & Industries announced that Washington State’s minimum wage will increase to $14.49 on January 1, 2022. ... Read More >>

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