Pierce County Project Access congratulates partners on award

he Pierce County Project Access Donated Care program is supported by physicians and other health care providers who donate care to Pierce County residents who earn up to 250% of the Federal Poverty level and are uninsured. This network of health care providers was just awarded the City of Tacoma 2015 City of Destiny Award for Health and Wellness!... Read More >>

WSHA encourages hospitals to complete AHA/FHA survey on rising drug costs

WSHA, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other hospitals groups are concerned about the effect rising drug costs are having on hospital budgets and hospital costs, particularly if drugs are bundled as part of a hospital prospective payment methodology.... Read More >>

How Remote Patient Monitoring Can Impact Hospital Readmissions

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner HealthVUE has written a piece on the positive impact remote patient monitoring (RPM) can have on reducing hospital readmissions.... Read More >>

HCA Provides Webinar Slides for Potentially Preventable Readmissions Program

On April 28 the Health Care Authority hosted a webinar on its Medicaid program on potentially preventable readmissions. Under this program, effective January 1, 2016, the state applies a prospective reduction to each hospital’s Medicaid inpatient payment rate based on that hospital’s rate of potentially preventable readmissions.  As part of this program, HCA sends each... Read More >>

WSHA, Member Hospitals Address Under-reporting of DSH Medicaid Days

WSHA is working with the Health Care Authority (HCA) to address an issue causing a possible under-reporting of Medicaid days used on hospital Medicare cost reports. An under-reporting of days can result in loss of Medicare disproportional share hospital (DSH) payments.... Read More >>

HCA In Process of Finalizing SFY 2017 Safety Net Assessment Program

The Hospital Safety Net Assessment Program for SFY 2017, which begins July 1, 2016, is expected to be stable and relatively unchanged compared to 2016. WSHA is working closely with Health Care Authority staff to ensure the program continues to work as designed to provide budget savings to the state and funding for Medicaid hospital services.... Read More >>

All Washington Hospitals Asked to Adopt Standard Financial Assistance Applications and Communications

Two weeks ago, WSHA staff held a webinar and sent information to hospital CFOs asking each hospital in Washington to adopt a new, standardized and simplified financial assistance application and communication process. This standardized application was developed at the request of the WSHA Board by a workgroup of WSHA member hospital patient account managers. ... Read More >>

Support for supportive housing?

As Washington State plans a new system to transform care, one of the items that keeps surfacing is the role that supportive housing can play in helping reduce health care costs and especially emergency room use. The state has started to recognize this in some of the projects under discussion in its new Healthier Washington initiative.... Read More >>

Governor vetoes parts of Western State bill; WSHA objects

During the 2016 state legislative session, a key issue of debate was the future of Washington’s state-run psychiatric hospitals. The result was SB 6656, and WSHA was pleased with the direction it established for moving forward. However, last week, Governor Inslee vetoed significant and important portions of the bill.... Read More >>

Project Access Northwest helps bridge the gap to insurance

Patients struggle to maintain insurance and pay for care, and hospitals can end up with bad debt and unanticipated charity care. Project Access Northwest’s Premium Assistance Program — which WSHA helped launch — can help these individuals pay their premiums and keep important health care coverage for the entire year.... Read More >>

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