New Requirements on Opioid and Controlled Substances Prescribing and New Allowance for Remote Dispensing Sites for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about new deadlines for important changes related to the prescribing of opioids and controlled substances: The Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Electronic Health Records (EHR) integration mandate has been extended and is now effective September 30, 2021 (originally January 1, 2021).... Read More >>

Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Final Rule

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems of significant changes to the regulations implementing section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ... Read More >>

Appealing to shared values can help encourage communities to wear masks

Governor Inslee has issued an order requiring everyone in Washington to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor spaces where social distancing (6 feet between you and others) is not possible.... Read More >>

PQAC releases New Rules Live Implementation Plan

The Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (PQAC) has shared its New Rule Live Implementation Plan.... Read More >>

Forecast Council Predicts Massive State Revenue Shortfall

Last week, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) estimated a $4.5 billion decrease to Near General Fund revenue collections for the remainder of the state budget period ending June 30, 2021. ... Read More >>

WSHA Seeks Hospital Information on COVID-19 Financial Impact

WSHA is continuing its efforts to have up-to-date information on the financial impact of the COVID-19 emergency on Washington hospitals. ... Read More >>

WSHA Releases June 2020 Regulatory Update

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its June 2020 update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. ... Read More >>

L&I Releases New Overtime Pay Guidance Tool

Washington State’s new overtime pay regulations take effect July 1, 2020. The new rules establish an overtime pay threshold of 2.5 times the state’s minimum wage with a phased-in implementation until 2028. ... Read More >>

September 1 Deadline for Exemption from Medicare Interoperability Programs

The deadline for hospitals to request a hardship exemption to the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Programs is Tuesday, September 1. ... Read More >>

Website Provides Answers to COVID-19 Billing and Payment Questions

WSHA is continuing to provide Medicare updates to the Washington Healthcare Forum website which addresses provider COVID-19 billing and payment questions. ... Read More >>

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