Weekly Report for January 22, 2015 – Fourth Quarter on Enrollment

For anyone who watched Sunday’s Seahawks game, the message was clear and thrillingly delivered: Do. Not. Give. Up. We should all have that same sense of fourth quarter urgency when it comes to outreach and enrollment in health insurance. This year’s open enrollment period ends February 15, which is just a few weeks away. This... Read More >>

Minding the Budget Gap

The legislature has been off and running since it was called into session last Monday. The House and Senate are in full swing, considering bills and debating the Governor’s budget proposals. One of the bigger pieces of news from this first week was the passage of a Senate rule requiring a 2/3 majority vote for new... Read More >>

Weekly Report for January 15, 2015 – Honoring Choices

Last week, WSHA and WSMA launched the Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest website. If you missed the KPLU story, catch it here. We are working to give everyone the tools they need to think through their values and their choices, and to guide people through sharing those plans with their loved ones and health care teams. We’re... Read More >>

DOH Begins Review of Certificate of Need Tertiary Health Services

The Washington State Department of Health (the Department) Certificate of Need program has announced it is moving forward with review of tertiary health services that are subject to Certificate of Need. The Department will determine whether any changes are necessary to the tertiary health services list. Changes could include additions to or deletions from the list. We want to make sure you are aware this process has started so you can participate as appropriate in the public comment period, the first phase of which is January 1, 2015 to February 28, 2015.... Read More >>

Legislative Preview Webcast

WSHA staff led a conversation about what we expect from this year’s legislative session, including budget projections, leadership changes and hot topics. We also discussed WSHA’s policy and budget priorities for the session, and some of the challenges that we anticipated.... Read More >>

Statewide Initiative Launches to Inspire Washingtonians to Share their Wishes for End-of-Life Care

SEATTLE — Wishes honored. Peace of mind.  Family harmony.  Quality care.  These are the hallmarks of a new initiative launched this week.  Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest’s vision is for everyone in Washington state to receive care that honors personal values and goals near the end of life. The initiative is led by the Washington State... Read More >>

Mental health tops list of legislative priorities for Washington state hospitals

Priorities also include supporting telemedicine services, cost and quality transparency, flexibility for meeting demands of Affordable Care Act, and continuation of hospital safety net assessment program   Seattle (January 6, 2015)—As the Washington State Legislature prepares to convene, the state’s hospitals and health systems are working to build on the state’s recent gains in health... Read More >>

Weekly Report for January 8, 2015 – Hello to a new year and a new session

The holidays, sadly behind us, marked the end of a long and busy year. We at WSHA are cranking back into gear after two slow holiday weeks and are looking eagerly forward. The legislature convenes on Monday, and we have an ambitious agenda. Particular areas of focus are mental health, telemedicine and clinic fees. Our... Read More >>

Exchange Open Enrollment Continues Through February 15, 2015

Exchange Open Enrollment Continues Through February 15, 2015 The Exchange is currently enrolling people for subsidized commercial insurance through February 15, 2015, through the Washington Healthplanfinder. Enrollment in Apple Health (Medicaid) is not subject to the open enrollment period, and eligible recipients can be enrolled at any time. WSHA urges hospitals to continue their outstanding efforts to... Read More >>

Celebrate with Gratitude

Hospitals and health care workers sometimes experience the holidays a little differently than everyone else does. They don’t close their doors, of course, which means there are lots of people who are at work, and who often work extra. They are witnesses of downside of our celebrations—this time of year, it’s too often drunk drivers... Read More >>

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