Behavioral health financial integration now a reality in Southwest Washington

As of April 1, the Southwest Washington region, containing Clark and Skamania County, is the first to go-live with behavioral health financial integration. This means that physical health services, all levels of mental health services and drug and alcohol treatment are coordinated through managed care plans.... Read More >>

State legislature reaches budget deal, calls for investments in mental health

The Washington State Legislature has reached agreement on a supplemental budget, bringing the 2016 state legislative session to a close. Overall, WSHA is very pleased with the results of this year’s session. The budget is very good for hospitals and health systems, provides significant new funding for mental health and makes no significant cuts to hospitals or health care. Additionally, important funding was provided to implement many of the WSHA-supported policy bills.... Read More >>

State House and Senate come to budget agreement, call for investments in mental health care

The Washington State Legislature has reached agreement on a supplemental budget, meaning the legislature can soon conclude its special session. Overall, WSHA is very pleased with the results of the 2016 state legislative session. The budget is very good for hospitals and health systems, provides significant new funding for mental health and makes no significant cuts to hospitals or health care. Additionally, important funding was provided to implement many of the WSHA-supported policy bills.... Read More >>

WSHA Legislative Session Kick-Off Webcast

Next Monday is the start of the 2016 session of the Washington State legislative session. Although it's scheduled to be a short one (and we all hope it will be), it doesn't mean important work can't be done. ... Read More >>

Government agencies change payment for joint replacement

Both the state and federal government are adopting bundled payments for total hip and knee replacements as an attempt to move to value-based purchasing. On March 17, the state Health Care Authority (HCA) announced that Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center will serve as its center of excellence for state employees and others covered under the Public Employees Benefits Board plan. Beginning in January 2017, the HCA will provide incentives for their employees to select Virginia Mason for this procedure.... Read More >>

Steven Saxe named executive director of Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission

On March 9, Steven Saxe, R.Ph, FACHE was named the acting executive director for the Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission. He will replace Lisa Hodgson, who formerly held the position. Steven is a graduate of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and previously served as the executive director for the then Pharmacy Board in 2004.... Read More >>

Department of L&I considers changing rest break policy

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is considering changes to its administrative policy on rest breaks. L&I is considering a new requirement of a rest break standard provided in a single “blocked” period of time. Currently, intermittent rest breaks are allowed. The changes they are considering would affect hospital employees as well as all non-agricultural workers.... Read More >>

Save the date: HCA webinar on potentially preventable readmissions reports April 28

On April 28 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., HCA will be hosting webinar to provide hospital staff an explanation of the quarterly hospital reports HCA sent each facility as part of its Potentially Preventable Readmissions (PPR) program, which replaces denial of individual inpatient readmissions with prospective adjustments to inpatient payment rates. ... Read More >>

WSHA requesting additional information on earlier enrollment Medicaid changes

WSHA and member hospitals have expressed concerns regarding the Health Care Authority’s (HCA) changes to Apple Health enrollment. As of April 1, 2016, enrollees will be retroactively assigned to a managed care plan as of the beginning of the month the patient is enrolled, rather than at the beginning of the month following enrollment. ... Read More >>

Government agencies change payment for joint replacement

Both the state and federal government are adopting bundled payments for total hip and knee replacements as an attempt to move to value based purchasing. On March 17th, the state Health Care Authority announced that Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center will serve as its center of excellence for state employees and others covered under the Public Employees Benefits Board plan. ... Read More >>

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