The Health Care Authority (HCA) recently sent hospitals new agreements to provide protections from reductions to regular Medicaid payment for the period when hospitals are participating in the Hospital Safety Net Assessment program. The new safety net law, passed during the most recent legislative session, requires the HCA to offer hospitals an agreement giving the hospital a remedy should the state reduce payments under the program.
WSHA identified some incorrect references in the agreements sent earlier by HCA. At WSHA’s request, the HCA agreed to rescind and reissue the agreements. WSHA legal staff has reviewed the corrected agreements, confirmed that the errors have been corrected and recommends that hospitals sign and return the revised agreements.