2021 Regional Telehealth Survey now open

The Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC) is currently running its 2021 Regional Telehealth Survey... Read More >>

CMS to hold price transparency webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will hold an educational webinar Wednesday, Aug. 11 on price transparency and how hospitals can meet the requirements of the Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule for posting standard charge information in the comprehensive machine-readable file... Read More >>

New Law Relating to Health Care Providers Giving Pregnancy and Miscarriage-Related Patient Care

The purpose of this bulletin is to alert hospitals and health care systems about changes in law related to SSB 5140, effective July 25, 2021. SSB 5140 states that health care providers – who are acting in good faith, within the provider's scope of practice, education, training, and experience and within the accepted standard of care – may provide health care services related to complications of pregnancy in cases in which failure to provide such care would violate the accepted standard of care or where the patient’s medical condition poses a risk to the patient’s life or bodily function. The law delineates that health care entities may limit provision of these services under ... Read More >>

2021 Legislative Summary now available

WSHA’s 2021 Legislative Summary is now available digitally on the WSHA website, and physical copies will be mailed to hospital and health systems this week.... Read More >>

CMS Outpatient Proposed Rule increases transparency law noncompliance penalties

The Proposed CY 2022 Outpatient Rule released Sunday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) significantly increases the penalty to hospitals for noncompliance with the federal price transparency law.... Read More >>

Audio-only and other telemedicine law changes to take effect

Beginning July 25, audio-only telemedicine will become a covered and reimbursable service in Washington State.... Read More >>

Federal public health emergency extended

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra has renewed the declaration of a public health emergency due to the continuation of the pandemic. ... Read More >>

HCA releases toolkit to help address opioid epidemic

WSHA has teamed up with the Washington State Healthcare Authority to share an Opioids 101 Toolkit.... Read More >>

Law Change: 16- and 17-year-old’s to become eligible for blood donation

New legislation will take effect on July 25th that allows 16- and 17-year-old individuals to donate blood.... Read More >>

Emergency heat and wildfire smoke rules now in effect for outdoor employees

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) filed two new emergency rules concerning wildfire smoke and severe heat that apply to all employees who primarily work outside.... Read More >>

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