Weekly Report: Grateful for the response to a terrible tragedy

Last week’s accident on the Aurora Bridge, when a “duck boat” collided with a tour bus, was an unimaginable tragedy. Four died at the scene, another died a few days after and dozens of people were injured. I have been in health care for the majority of my life, and have seen the response to many, many... Read More >>

WSHA wins major federal contract to improve patient safety statewide

The Washington State Hospital Association’s record of success in collaborative quality improvement will continue, thanks to the award of a federal contract to make major improvements in 17 key patient-safety topics and reduce harm and overall cost of health care. WSHA was one of just 17 awarded nationally to take part in this work. As a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), WSHA will support hospitals’ rapid improvements in important areas of care.... Read More >>

State Law Change Strengthens Consumer Data Breach Notification Requirement, Exemption for Hospitals Complying with Federal HITECH Law

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an overview of recent changes to Washington State’s data breach notification law relevant to Washington State hospitals and health systems. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) worked closely with the state Attorney General’s Office to develop important exceptions in the new law for entities covered under federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) when they are acting in compliance with the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).... Read More >>

WHS Industry Partner Carena and the virtual clinic experience

Washington Hospital Services is partnering with Seattle-based virtual care provider Carena to help members meet the growing demand for convenient access to care. The service gives hospitals the opportunity to provide their communities with access to virtual care right from their own websites. Much like a visit to the doctor’s office, patients register with the... Read More >>

Wellness and revenue webcast recording now available

A recording of our Industry Partner WellTrackONE webcast is now available for viewing. The webcast covered how members can take advantage of the Medicare Wellness Visit program to improve patient care and revenue. You can view the recording online here using the password: welltrackone. If you have questions about WellTrackONE, please contact Bill Archer at (210) 601-0743. Bill will also attend... Read More >>

Health Care Authority revises administrative days policy

After discussions with WSHA, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently announced it will revise its policy on administrative days and return to the longstanding policy it used previously. This revision will ensure hospitals are paid for days where a patient has completed an inpatient stay and no longer meets inpatient criteria, but transfer... Read More >>

American Community Survey shows drop in state’s uninsured

The state’s Office of Financial Management Health Care Research Center released a brief last week on health coverage changes in Washington in 2014 using data from the American Community Survey. The brief, “First Year Impact of ACA on Washington State’s Health Coverage,” shows trends of the state’s overall uninsured rates from 2010 to 2014 and... Read More >>

Bree seeking comments on prostate cancer screening recommendations

The Bree Collaborative — a group appointed by the governor representing clinical leaders from purchasers, providers and state agencies — met Sept. 16 to consider new recommendations for prostate cancer screening. The group recommends against screening for average-risk men older than 70 and younger than 55. If screening is performed, it should be guided by a shared... Read More >>

Time for a flu shot!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that nationally, 90 percent of hospital workers were vaccinated last year, about the same as in the 2013-2014 flu season. The WSHA Patient Safety Committee spearheaded this work several years ago, which led to a marked increase in the vaccination rate. With their rising rates, measles and... Read More >>

2015 WHPAC campaign update

The 2015 WHPAC campaign continues! We are half way to our $200,000 goal, having raised more than $107,000 to date. Congratulations to the leadership teams at the following hospitals for already reaching their goals: Capital Medical Center Cascade Medical Center Fairfax Hospital Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Morton General Hospital Othello Community Hospital PeaceHealth... Read More >>

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