CMS Outpatient Proposed Rule Reverses Elimination of Inpatient-Only List, Increases Transparency Noncompliance Penalties

On July 18, CMS released its Proposed CY 2022 Outpatient rule. The proposed rule reverses some policies that were opposed by WSHA and other hospital organizations but adopted in the 2021 rule. In the coming weeks, WSHA will provide a comprehensive description of the rule and hospital-specific analyses to the CFO or designated finance staff at each member hospital. Major provisions of the proposed rule include:... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Bulletin Outlining Audio-Only and Other Telemedicine Law Changes

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

HCA and OIC Provide Vaccine Counseling Billing and Payment Information

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) have both released information regarding payment to providers for vaccine counseling services. ... Read More >>

CMS Updates Information on Repayment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its information regarding repayment of Medicare accelerated and advanced payments during the COVID-19 emergency. ... Read More >>

L&I Releases Updated Policies on Employment Relationships and Hours Worked

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) released two administrative policies that provide interpretive guidance concerning employment relationships and hours worked by employees. ... Read More >>

Washington Hospital Services Provides Healthcare Project Management Training Opportunity

Washington Hospital Services, Inc., the services arm of the Washington State Hospital Association and producer of the LEAD Academy, is pleased to offer two new professional development education opportunities available to ALL healthcare staff: Project Management Foundations for Healthcare and Managing Projects Using Microsoft Project™.  ... Read More >>

Audio-Only and Other Telemedicine Law Changes to Take Effect

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals of important Washington state law changes concerning telemedicine. This bulletin summarizes three new laws that were enacted in 2021 by the Washington State Legislature.... Read More >>

Explore virtual health care at Telemedicine 101 webinar

Register now for the webinar, Telemedicine 101: Considerations When Implementing or Expanding Services, led by WSHA Policy Director David Streeter and University of Washington School of Law Affiliate Instructor Cindy Jacobs, from 12–1 p.m., Tuesday July 20.... Read More >>

NCQAC updates nursing license process

The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) has updated its nursing licensure processing methods.... Read More >>

HCA and OIC provide vaccine counseling payment information

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) have both released information regarding payment to providers for vaccine counseling services.... Read More >>

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