Department of Health issues 2019 PCI need projection – certificate of need applications due Feb. 28

The Washington State Department of Health has posted the 2019 percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) numeric need projections. ... Read More >>

Department of Health reschedules charity care rules workshop meeting date to March 5

Changes to Washington State’s charity care rules are extremally important to WSHA and our member hospitals. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: WSHA’s nurse staffing bill to get hearing this week

Thank you all who joined WSHA’s hospital advocacy day last week! We had a great turnout with about 75 hospital leaders joining us for about 80 legislative visits. This week is a busy week in Olympia with many bills of interest up for hearings. This is also a first for many of us at WSHA – multiple hearings have been cancelled and rescheduled due to snow. The legislature is known for powering through regardless of weather conditions. ... Read More >>

Containing Washington State’s measles outbreak

Containing a measles outbreak takes a whole community response, led by governmental public health. It usually starts with an attentive health care provider quickly identifying and reporting a suspected measles case to their local health department.... Read More >>

Congressional delegation submits letter addressing rural health care to CMS

In developing new models for delivering health care services in rural areas, federal officials should “take into account Washington State’s unique health care delivery system, geography and the specific needs of our rural hospitals and the residents they serve,” members of the Washington congressional delegation wrote this week to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma.... Read More >>

WSHA Monitors EHR Payment Disputes

WSHA has been in contact with Health Care Authority (HCA) staff regarding the status of payments following the audit of Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments. ... Read More >>

Legislators Face Challenging Budget Picture

While revenue collections in the state continue to be strong, it appears that policy decisions made to fund future costs in the McCleary bill in the 2017-2019 biennium may limit the legislature’s ability to spend money on any additional policy items without new revenue or cuts in other programs. ... Read More >>

SB 5031 & SB 5699: Balance billing

WSHA testified Monday at the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care regarding SB 5031 and SB 5699, which prohibits providers from balance billing patient for out-of-network services in certain circumstances.... Read More >>

HB 1531: Medical debt

WSHA opposes HB 1531, which places restrictions on interest for medical debt. ... Read More >>

AHA Files Brief Regarding Remedy for 340B Underpayments

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and a group of hospitals filed a brief to US District Court specifying relief for 340B program hospitals that received a thirty percent cut to Medicare payment for drugs provided under the 340B program. ... Read More >>

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