Exchange update on the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act was passed by Congress in March 2021 and included major changes to health care affordability, access and federal assistance for those looking to enroll in health care coverage.... Read More >>

Inside DC: What to expect from the infrastructure plan

The Washington State Hospital Association advocates on behalf of member hospitals at the state and national level. Inside D.C. provides members with a periodic perspective on the latest developments from WSHA federal lobbyist John Flink and staffer Jacqueline Barton True.... Read More >>

New PQAC and L&I COVID-19 Safety Guidance

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about the new COVID-19 safety guidance for pharmacies issued by Washington State’s Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (PQAC) and Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).... Read More >>

Gov. Inslee proclaims April 16 Healthcare Decisions Day

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed April 16, 2021 as Healthcare Decisions Day in Washington – a day to recognize the importance of advance care planning and encourage individuals to discuss and record choices about future health care decisions. Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest (HCPNW) is part of this national effort to highlight National Healthcare Decisions Day.... Read More >>

Legislative Action in Inside Olympia: Bills That Have Passed Both Chambers

The legislature just cleared one of its last major deadlines – the final policy cutoff. In case you missed our Inside Olympia, we have highlighted WSHA’s top priority bills that have passed both chambers in our most recent edition. The legislature is set to adjourn on Sunday, April 25 and we expect the final budget... Read More >>

Health Care Authority to Allow Roster Billing for COVID-19 Administration

The Health Care Authority (HCA) announced it will allow hospitals and providers administering COVID-19 vaccines to Medicaid patients to bill HCA or enrollee’s managed care organization for the administration of the vaccine using what is commonly known as a roster, or alternatively as batch, or template billing process. The process will be available May 1... Read More >>

Legislature Expected to Extend Hospital Safety Net Assessment Program

The Washington State legislature is considering, and expected to pass legislation that would extend the expiration date for the state’s Hospital Safety Net Assessment program an additional two years from its existing expiration date of June 30, 2023 to June 30, 2025. This is to meet the state budget’s four-year outlook requirements. WSHA supports the... Read More >>

HCA, Myers and Stauffer Prepare for 2018 DSH Audit – Webinar Recording Available

To prepare hospitals that receive Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) funding for the audit of SFY 2018 DSH payments, the state’s consultant, Myers and Stauffer (M&S) provided a provider training webcast on April 6. M&S is contracted by the Health Care Authority to perform the federally required annual DSH audits for Washington state and performs... Read More >>

Bills that have passed both chambers; Nurse Licensure Compact to get work session

Sunday, April 11, marked the final cutoff before the end of the 2021 legislative session, when all bills were required to pass through the opposite chamber... Read More >>

United Health Group Terminates Agreements with Major Radiology Groups. Hospital Communication Responsibilities under the Balance Billing Protection Act.

WSHA was recently notified by member hospitals that United Health Group terminated its participating agreements with two major radiology groups, Radia Imaging and Inland Imaging. Combined, these two groups provide radiology and radiology interpretation services for more than a third of the state’s hospitals in the state, including many small rural hospitals.  This situation will... Read More >>

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