Weekly Report: A great success!

We had a great time at WSHA's 83rd Annual Meeting, and we hope you did too. This week's Weekly Report is short while we regroup, but we'll be back at full strength next week.... Read More >>

Gregg Davidson will chair WSHA

Gregg Davidson, Superintendent and CEO of Skagit Regional Health, has been elected Chair of the Washington State Hospital Association. As Chair, Davidson will preside over the Board of Trustees and lead the hospital association’s work for the coming year. “Gregg has long been a leader in the association, and we’re very excited to have him in... Read More >>

“Achieving Best Care” award recognizes hospitals’ achievement in improving patient safety

The 2015 “Washington State Hospital Association Achieving Best Care” award recognizes achievements in making health care safer. “When it comes to our hospitals’ achievements in patient safety, Washington state has so much to be proud of,” said WSHA Senior Vice President for Patient Safety Carol Wagner. “We’re working on the biggest challenges of health care... Read More >>

Implementing Senate Bill 5593 – Delivery and Payment for Health Care Services by Hospitals for Inmates and Persons Detained by Law Enforcement

This bulletin is intended to inform you of important changes in Washington state law as a result of enactment of Senate Bill 5593. The bill addresses two issues related to care for people in law enforcement custody: guarding and payment.... Read More >>

Parker, Smith & Feek bring expertise on data liability and breach

 Parker, Smith & Feek, WSHA’s Industry Partner in the commercial insurance brokerage space, has been helping their clients combat cyber liability attacks and their aftermath for well over 10 years. Partnering with a well-versed risk consultant who understands both the pre- and post-cyber breach actions necessary to defend your healthcare organization will provide better organizational resiliency when... Read More >>

The Industry Partner Program comes to the Annual Meeting

Washington Hospital Services’ Industry Partner Program will host a table at this year’s Annual Meeting. You can find information about the program here on the WHS website. While attending the conference, please come by and visit to ask any questions you have about the program and for your chance to win the two Kindle Fire HDs... Read More >>

Change to Washington law on consumer data breach notification

A recent state law change has strengthened consumer data breach notification requirements. Under the new law, notice to consumers of a data breach must include specific information and be provided under a new, shorter timeline. WSHA worked closely with the state Attorney General’s Office to develop important exceptions to the law for hospitals complying with... Read More >>

Cantwell urges HHS to use Washington State as a model

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, is urging the federal Health and Human Services Administration (HHS) to use Washington State’s high-performing health care delivery system as a model to reform the Medicare program to focus on the value, not the volume, of health care services. Saying that Washington State... Read More >>

NW MedStar names new director

Northwest MedStar, a service of Inland Northwest Health Services, has named Matt Albright as its new director. Matt has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and aerospace experience, and has managed community health programs and served as a multi-state director of aircrew safety training. He recently served with the U.S. Air Force at... Read More >>

NWONE welcomes new CEO

The Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives (NWONE) — a WSHA partner — announced that Sarah Wickenhagen will take over as its new CEO, beginning next week. Sarah is an experienced nurse with experience in clinical and management positions, and leadership roles. She has worked as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and a clinical educator,... Read More >>

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