Recommended Resources – Washington Nurse Licensure Process

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide resources and information to hospitals and health care systems about the licensure process for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). ... Read More >>

Exchange update on the Special Enrollment Period

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange opened a Special Enrollment Period in February 2021 in response to COVID-19, allowing Washingtonians to apply for health insurance coverage or compare and upgrade existing coverage.... Read More >>

New PMP Check Requirement for Outpatient Prescribing and Dispensing of Controlled Substances to Medicaid Patients Effective October 1, 2021

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about the new prescription monitoring program (PMP) check requirement for outpatient prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances to Apple Health patients that takes effect October 1, 2021. ... Read More >>

Federal Agencies Delay Certain Provisions of Transparency Law, No Surprises Act

The Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury Departments released guidance on August 20 delaying the provision of the federal transparency law that requires health plans to disclose their negotiated provider payment rates from its original January 1, 2022 date until July 1, 2022. ... Read More >>

State and Stakeholders Continue Work to Align State and Federal Balance Billing Laws

Staff from the state’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) have been conducting stakeholder calls and solicited comments to determine what changes to law or rules may be necessary to align the state’s existing Balance Billing Protection Act (BBPA) and the federal No Surprises Act (NSA). ... Read More >>

HRSA Provides Communication on Reporting of PRF Personnel Costs, New PRF Reporting Portal Website Location

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently provided communication with examples of eligible personnel costs that can be reported under the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) requirements. ... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Updates Policy and Instructions for Billing COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

The Washington Health Care Authority recently updated its policy and instructions for billing for monoclonal antibody treatment for Medicaid enrollees for COVID-19. ... Read More >>

WSHA and state agencies continue collaborating on discharge barriers

WSHA is actively working with the Department of Health, the Department of Social & Health Services, the Health Care Authority and the Office of the Governor to alleviate strain on hospitals and address barriers to discharge... Read More >>

WSHA member-only webinar on Law Enforcement Use of Force law changes

WSHA members are invited to join us for a webinar on the recent changes to the law enforcement use of force law (HB 1310). The webinar will discuss the impact of the changes, address questions and concerns, and talk next steps... Read More >>

DOH info-sheet on Secretary of Health’s mask order

The Department of Health (DOH) published a Frequently Asked Questions sheet on the Secretary of Health’s mask order.... Read More >>

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