Changes to Washington’s Involuntary Treatment Laws that Impact Hospitals

This bulletin provides hospitals information on recent changes to 71.05 RCW, Washington state’s Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) and 71.34 RCW, the minors’ involuntary treatment statute (together, involuntary treatment laws).  Two bills make changes to the involuntary treatment laws that directly impact hospital practices. Unless otherwise stated, these changes are effective July 25, 2021.... Read More >>

Effective July 25, 2021: Changes to State Law on Mental Health Advance Directives

This bulletin provides hospitals information on recent changes to 71.32 RCW, Washington’s law authorizing mental health advance directives (MHADs).... Read More >>

Update to Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Final Rule

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems of a change of interpretation to section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On May 10, 2021, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will interpret section 1557 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.... Read More >>

New State Law Requirements For Health Care Worker Protections During A Declared State of Emergency

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems about legislation enacted in the 2021 legislative session requiring additional worker protections during the currently declared state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as in the event of any future public health emergencies. These new laws, ESSB 5115 and ESSB 5190, are now in effect. ... Read More >>

Thank you to members of our federal delegation

Four members of Washington’s federal delegation recently signed onto a “dear colleague” letter urging HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to extend the timeline to spend down provider relief fund (PRF) dollars and quickly disburse the remaining funds.... Read More >>

Lower premiums under the American Rescue Plan Act and Washington’s Cascade Care Bill

Under the new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Washingtonians will find that the cost of their health insurance that is purchased on the Health Benefit Exchange is temporarily more affordable.... Read More >>

DOR Provides Notice of Tax Exemptions for Emergency Grants

The Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) recently provided updated guidance regarding the tax exemption for certain emergency grants under Substitute House Bill 1095 passed during the 2021 legislative session. Previously, DOR instructed that organizations should delay reporting these funds in anticipation of the legislation. WSHA provided input to DOR and strongly supported the bill.... Read More >>

HHS Sends Warning Letters to Drug Manufacturers Regarding 340B Practices

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on Monday sent letters to six major drug manufacturers, warning them that they could face steep fines if they don't discount drug prices for pharmacies that contract with 340B providers.... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Allowing Template Billing for Mass Vaccination Administration

The Health Care Authority (HCA) announced it is now accepting template billing for administration of COVID-19 vaccines at mass vaccination sites. ... Read More >>

Lower Premiums Under the American Rescue Plan Act and Washington’s Cascade Care Bill

Under the new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Washingtonians will find that the cost of their health insurance that is purchased on the Health Benefit Exchange, is temporarily more affordable.... Read More >>

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