WHPAC update: $130k toward goal!

The 2015 WHPAC campaign continues and we are doing very well so far in the campaign! To date, we have raised more than $130,000 toward our $200,000 goal. Congratulations to the leadership teams at the following hospitals for already reaching their goal: Capital Medical Center Cascade Medical Center Columbia Basin Hospital Columbia County Health System... Read More >>

Be sure to get the Annual Meeting mobile app – and register to attend!

We’re delighted to invite you to download the mobile event app for the WSHA Annual Meeting, October 7-8 in Seattle. Learn more about the speakers, the issues being addressed, the new leadership being proposed, the by-laws decisions before the membership, the elegant PAC dinner, the nifty prizes available for “active” attendees and more. And if... Read More >>

WSHA wins major federal contract to improve patient safety statewide

WSHA’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. Partnership for Patients will help... Read More >>

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center scaling back on transfusions

In 2008, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham launched “Bloodless in Bellingham,” a blood management program which enacted medical practices and surgical techniques to reduce the number of blood transfusions needed at the hospital. Now, after seven years, St. Joseph has cut its transfusion rate roughly in half, marking a large success for the... Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

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