2021 Legislative Session ends with positive outcomes for health care

Washington hospitals are cornerstones of their communities, providing essential health care services and employment opportunities to our state’s residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.... Read More >>

CMS proposes 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment Hospital Rule

On April 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed FY 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule. ... Read More >>

Exchange update on the American Rescue Plan Act – Part 3

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) launch in Washington Healthplanfinder is three days away! The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is hosting the final installment of its informational webinar series, Part 3: American Rescue Plan – Call to Action, at 12 p.m. Monday, May 3.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: 2021 Legislative Session Concludes

WSHA’s work now turns to empowering members to build legislative relationships, advocating during rulemaking and new law implementation, and planning for the next legislative session... Read More >>

New Federal Buprenorphine Guidelines Reduce Barriers to Treatment

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about the new buprenorphine practice guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), effective April 28, 2021. The new guidance removes a key barrier to obtaining an X-Waiver for prescribing buprenorphine by exempting covered practitioners from certain requirements. This regulatory change will make it easier for practitioners to obtain an X-Waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Legislature Reaches Budget Agreement

The budget is very positive for hospitals and health care. It continues the spending priorities we saw earlier in House and Senate proposals... Read More >>

New PQAC and L&I COVID-19 safety guidance for pharmacies and pharmacists

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (PQAC) issued new COVID-19 safety guidance for pharmacies and pharmacists.... Read More >>

May 19: WSHA hosts clean buildings info session

WSHA will be hosting a webinar on May 19th at 11 AM with the Washington State Department of Commerce on Washington State’s new Clean Building Performance Standard.... Read More >>

Inside D.C. – Legislative insights from the capitol

As Congress turns its attention from COVID-19 relief to infrastructure spending, WSHA is working with the AHA to ensure health system needs are addressed.... Read More >>

DOH letter to Washington health care providers

Washington State Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, has shared a letter that was sent from the Washington State Department of Health to approximately 400,000 health care providers in Washington State.... Read More >>

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