May 19: Clean Buildings info session

WSHA will host the Department of Commerce at 11 a.m., May 19, 2021 for a webinar on the Clean Buildings Standard. The webinar will cover mandatory requirements, compliance paths, customer support and the early adopter incentive program.... Read More >>

DOH extends PMP/EHR integration deadline

In a letter to health care associations, Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah announced that the deadline for hospitals to integrate their electronic health record (EHR) systems with the state prescription monitoring program (PMP) has been extended to Jan. 1, 2022.... Read More >>

DOH announces Certificate of Need documentation changes

The Department of Health (DOH) announced changes to how documents and payments must be submitted to the Certificate of Need (CN) Program.... Read More >>

Submit data to the Sentinel Network by May 9

WSHA highly encourages members to submit data to the Washington Health Workforce Sentinel Network. This data will inform the state’s post-COVID investments in health care work force developments.... Read More >>

Grant opportunity for crisis stabilization projects in rural communities

The Washington Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced that $3.5 million in grants are available for capital construction of behavioral health facilities targeting crisis stabilization needs in rural communities.... Read More >>

New Health Care Authority webpage for Family Initiated Treatment

The Health Care Authority (HCA) has published a new webpage about Family Initiated Treatment (FIT). Under Washington state law, a minor aged 13-17 has the right to consent to their own behavioral health treatment.... Read More >>

New Requirements for Critical Access Hospitals, Small Hospitals, and Sole Community Hospitals

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform critical access hospitals, small hospitals with fewer than 25 beds in operation, and sole community hospitals that Substitute House Bill 1155, legislation regarding staffing requirements enacted in 2019, is effective for your hospitals on July 1, 2021.... Read More >>

State Operating Budget Includes Significant Health Care Investments

We are very pleased the 2021-2023 Operating Budget enacted by the legislature provides significant investments in health care, including many of WSHA’s budget priorities. For more information see our recent Inside Olympia and detailed budget comparison document. WSHA is still gathering information on some of funding and payment increases. We will get more information out to members as it becomes available. The highlights are below.... Read More >>

CMS Releases Proposed 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Hospital Rule

On April 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed FY 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule. The rule would increase Medicare inpatient prospective payment system rates by a net 2.8 percent for hospitals that meet EHR meaningful use criteria and submit quality measure data. Other highlights include:... Read More >>

HRSA To Pay for Vaccine Administration for Underinsured Patients

Providers will be able to bill and be paid for vaccine administration provided to enrollees of health plans that either do not cover vaccine administration or apply patient cost-sharing. Most state regulated insurers are required to cover the service without cost-sharing but self-funded plans do not have the same requirement.... Read More >>

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