New DOH Charity Care Program Manager

WSHA is pleased that after a long vacancy, the Department of Health (DOH) has announced that Carrie Baranowski is now in the role of Charity Care Program Manager.... Read More >>

New requirements for health care worker protections

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one area of significant focus for state legislators during the 2021 legislative session was on legislation creating additional protections for workers.... Read More >>

Legislative update for respiratory care practitioners

During the 2021 state legislative session, policymakers passed a bill making adjustments to the scope of practice for respiratory care practitioners, which may be of interest to hospitals and health systems.... Read More >>

CMS Proposed Inpatient Rule Includes Temporary Adjustments to Reflect COVID Emergency Impacts

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released their proposed inpatient rule for 2022 on May 9 and will accept comments on the rule through June 28.  A summary of the rule and hospital-specific impact analyses were sent to the CFO or designated finance person for each member PPS Hospital in late May.... Read More >>

State Prepares for Federal No Surprises Act Implementation

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) and the State Department of Health (DOH) have begun work with stakeholders to assess what is needed to implement the federal No Surprises Act (NSA) passed by Congress in December. ... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Provides More Details on State Budget Health Care Investments and Rate Increases

The Washington State Health Care Authority provided additional detail on health care investments and rate increases authorized by the legislature in the state’s 2021-2023 operating budget. The nature and timing of funding varies by initiative and certain details are yet to be determined, especially initiatives involving new federal funding. ... Read More >>

United Health Care Proposes Concerning Changes to Payment for Emergency Services and Hospital Clinics

United Health Care (UHC) recently announced two policy payment policy changes impacting hospitals. WSHA has grave concerns regarding these policies and is expressing our concerns to staff at the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC).  We encourage hospitals and providers with concerns to also contact OIC.... Read More >>

New PPE Billing Law in Effect

Senate Bill 5169, requiring commercial insurance carriers to reimburse for personal protective equipment (PPE) costs during COVID-19, was signed into law April 16, 2021. The bill applies to services incurred from April 16 through the end of the federal public health emergency, which has now been extended to at least July 20, 2021. Under the... Read More >>

New State Employee Payroll Tax Law for Long-Term Care Benefits

This bulletin provides hospitals and health systems information about House Bill 1087, passed in 2019, which creates the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program (referred to in this bulletin as the “LTSS Program” or “WA Cares Fund”). This also provides information about House Bill 1323, passed in 2021, which modifies a few provisions of the LTSS Program.... Read More >>

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 >>

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