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 >>

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 >>

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