Weekly Report for July 16, 2015 – 2015 Legislature: Major Moves Forward for Patients

So now that the legislature has adjourned, how was it? It was certainly the longest session ever– that’s a quantifiable truth. There were some incredibly tense weeks in June for lawmakers, advocates and agencies. It was also one of the busiest– you can quantify that by the fact that substantially more bills were introduced this year than in previous years.... Read More >>

2015 Legislative Session Webcast

2015 was a particularly challenging year in the Washington State Legislature, but now that it’s over, it’s time to review what happened on WSHA’s major initiatives. This webcast reviewed the outcomes of the session, including the hospital safety net assessment, mental health funding, pharmacy issues, physician residencies and more.... Read More >>

New Notice and Timing Requirements for Medical Liens

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an overview of new requirements to the medical lien law. Please share with your financial assistance staff as appropriate. A new law (HB 1053) on medical liens was enacted this session. The law creates new requirements to provide notice of the use of medical liens and to remove liens following payment. This provision applies to all Washington state hospitals that use medical liens. The law goes into effect on July 24, 2015.... Read More >>

WSHA Wins on Certificate of Need

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Washington State Supreme Court today unanimously invalidated the state Department of Health’s expanded Certificate of Need rule, which would have significantly increased the number and type of hospital transactions that require expensive and lengthy regulatory review before they are allowed to move forward.The decision states: Therefore, the department exceeded its scope of authority... Read More >>

Weekly Report for July 9, 2015 – Safe Imaging Practices for Children

When we have a family member who is sick or hurt, all of us know the feeling of being desperate to know what’s wrong. We feel helpless and scared, and we want more information so we can make the right choices. Modern science has given us amazing diagnostic tools that can answer so many questions.... Read More >>

Legislators Reach Agreement on Budgets, Avoid State Shutdown

The Washington State Legislature narrowly avoided a shutdown of state services by agreeing on operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Years 2015-2017. The compromise budgets are very good for hospitals and health care overall and include: More than $100 million in new state and federal funding for the mental health system. $32 million in capital budget funding... Read More >>

Weekly Report for July 2, 2015 – In the Face of Fire

Again this year, our neighbors in the central part of the state are fighting fires and watching the skies warily for smoke. Hundreds have had to evacuate and about 30 homes have been lost in the Chelan County wildfire. The weather is just getting hotter. One aspect of association work is that it instantly connects you to new communities. WSHA... Read More >>

BUDGET AGREEMENT REACHED

The Washington State Legislature has narrowly avoided a complete shutdown of state services by agreeing on operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Years 2015-2017. The Governor has announced his intention to sign the operating budget, likely this evening. The compromise budget is very good for hospitals and health care overall. This was a particularly challenging... Read More >>

WSHA Response to U.S. Supreme Court Verdict

May 15, 2015, SEATTLE, Wash. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court has supported, with a 6-3 vote, the federal government’s right to set up health insurance exchanges and subsidize individual health insurance premiums. “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority... Read More >>

Weekly Report for June 25, 2015 – Celebrating Chelan!

More than a dozen WSHA and AWPHD staff spent most of the week in Chelan for our annual Rural Leadership Conference. Despite the excruciatingly beautiful weather, hospital board members and executives packed the conference rooms from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. This wasn’t easy or comfortable work, either: The speakers were high-caliber thinkers who engaged... Read More >>

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