City of Seattle Shift Survey Participation – Due June 30, 2016

The City of Seattle is considering new restrictions on shift schedules for those working in the city limits. As part of this effort, the city’s Office of Labor standards is conducting a shift scheduling survey for both employers and employees in the greater Seattle area. The survey is intended for all shift workers, and has the potential for significant impact on health care shift workers.... Read More >>

HCA in process of finalizing Safety Net Assessment program

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is in the process of finalizing the Safety Net Assessment program for the state’s 2017 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2016. WSHA expects the program to remain stable and relatively unchanged compared to 2016.... Read More >>

Workshop: Creating physician-focused alternative payment models

To help Washington State physicians navigate the world of value-based payment and alternative payment models, the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and the Medical Group Management Association, Washington State (MGMA-WA) have organized a half-day workshop on Saturday, June 25 that is specifically designed for physicians and their practices.... Read More >>

Hospital clinical experts needed on the Health Technology Clinical Committee

The Washington State Health Care Authority is seeking to fill three vacancies on the Health Technology Clinical Committee. Qualified health professionals who use health technology in their scope of practice and who have experience with evidence-based medicine are encouraged to apply.Applications will be accepted until 5pm June 1.... Read More >>

Seeking applications for out-of-pocket cost task force

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities final rule May 13 to advance health equity under the Affordable Care Act. The final rule prohibits sex discrimination in health care.... Read More >>

Members of Washington congressional delegation urge CMS to adopt ‘flexible’ rules

At WSHA’s request, seven members of the Washington congressional delegation have signed a letter urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt “flexible” rules as it implements a major change in how it provides payments for services provided in off-campus, provider-based facilities.... Read More >>

Opportunity to recruit and retain providers to your community

The purpose of this bulletin is to remind rural organizations with clinics to apply to become a National Health Shortage Community (NHSC) approved site. It does take time to gather the application materials for the submission deadline of June 7, 2016.... Read More >>

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 >>

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