WSHA Provides Regulatory Tracker Update

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. ... Read More >>

OIC Releases Report on BBPA Arbitration

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) released a report of arbitration proceedings and results for 2020 under the state’s Balance Billing Protection Act (BBPA). ... Read More >>

Bulletin: Upcoming Changes to Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

The COVID-19 pandemic created a significant demand for medical and family leave by workers throughout Washington state. This created opportunities for the Washington State Legislature to enact legislation that modifies and expands access to the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. ... Read More >>

Upcoming changes to Washington’s Paid Family Medical Leave program

The COVID-19 pandemic created a significant demand for medical and family leave by workers throughout Washington State.... Read More >>

Upcoming Changes To Washington’s Paid Family Medical Leave Program

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about legislative changes made during the 2021 session to the Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program.... Read More >>

Final DOH rules for Behavioral Health Agencies and DOH interpretive guidance for voluntary patients

This bulletin informs hospitals of two recent developments related to behavioral health services: 1. The Department of Health (DOH) final rules for Behavioral Health Agencies (including hospitals) go into effect on July 1, 2021, but DOH is planning a 6-month grace period to allow BHAs time to implement the changes. Surveyors will not issue citations for noncompliance until January 1, 2022. 2. A DOH interpretive statement for release of voluntary patients from inpatient behavioral health settings. ... Read More >>

New proposals from Pharmacy Commission

In response to stakeholder feedback, the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (PQAC) issued a proposal to change its professional licensure renewal cycle from one year to two years... Read More >>

Celebrate Juneteenth by working towards health equity

Today, President Biden will sign the federal legislation commemorating Juneteenth as a national holiday. ... Read More >>

June 30th: Mandatory telehealth training deadline

June 30 is the deadline for most health care professionals who provide telehealth services to complete Washington State’s mandatory telehealth training. Telehealth practitioners can enroll online to complete the free training.... Read More >>

WMC overview of new physician assistant practice law

In 2020, the Washington State Legislature passed legislation to modernize the state’s physician assistant (PA) laws.... Read More >>

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