SBC: New Emergency Rule Effective April 21 for Patients with Medical Conditions

The purpose of this bulletin is to: Inform hospitals of the new emergency rule filed on April 21 by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) impacting single bed certification for patients with medical conditions and provide updated designated mental health professional protocols to hospitals. Pages 23 and 24 contain information about single bed certification.... Read More >>

WSHA Board Chair Testifies at U.S. Senate Rural Health Hearing

PMH Medical Center CEO Julie Petersen speaks to Washington state’s challenges and progress in meeting needs of rural communities May 11, 2015, SEATTLE, Wash. — Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) Board Chair and PMH Medical Center CEO Julie Petersen last week told a U.S. Senate committee that the state’s small rural hospitals continue to face significant challenges... Read More >>

Weekly Report for May 7, 2015 – Honoring Nurses: Guest Column by Gladys Campbell, RN

Each year from May 6–12, the nation celebrates National Nurses Week. This is a time when we pause to recognize the most trusted profession in America, nursing, and the 3.5 million nurses across our nation. At the very heart of our health care system, nurses serve in every setting and in every region of the county, providing leadership, advocacy,... Read More >>

State Budget Debate Impacts Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange

  The future of Washington State’s Health Benefit Exchange will depend in part on the upcoming negotiations between the Washington State House and Senate. The budgets adopted in each chamber are significantly different in terms of funding levels for the upcoming biennium. The Senate budget for the biennium provides $65 million less for the Exchange in total... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 30, 2015 – En Route to the Other Washington

WSHA staff and members are heading to Washington D.C. next week to attend the American Hospital Association Annual Meeting and lobby our Congressional delegation on key issues. Our key issues include support of the 340B drug discount program, increasing access to mental health treatment, expanding Medicare coverage for telemedicine, changing the federal 96-hour rule for rural hospitals, and... Read More >>

Hospital Safety Net Assessment: Your Action Is Needed

On Monday, April 20, WSHA testified at the House Appropriations Committee about the Senate version of the Hospital Safety Net Assessment bill, SSB 6045. We very much appreciate the expert testimony from our members, who were instrumental in helping the committee understand the negative impact of the Senate’s bill: Sarah Patterson, Executive Vice President and... Read More >>

Legislature Passes Telemedicine and Inmate Care Bills

  Two WSHA-supported bills recently passed the Washington State Legislature and will aid efforts to ensure access to safe and cost-effective access to health care in our communities. Hospital finance staff should consider potential impacts for their facilities. Telemedicine (House Bill 1403/Senate Bill 5175): This bill, which passed both chambers of the legislature with near... Read More >>

Value of the Legislative Process

The big headlines for this session might be about the state budget debate, but for us at WSHA, the session has been memorable because of the productivity of our partnerships. The development of our legislative agenda always has our members’ experiences at the center of it. We are focused on how proposed—or needed—legislation will affect... Read More >>

HCAHPS Star Rating Added to Hospital Compare

On April 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rolled out a new “star rating” on its hospital compare website, starting with ratings for Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). Hospitals will receive one to five stars for their scores on the HCAHPS patient experience survey, with five stars being... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 16, 2015 – Washington Hospitals Services Growing to Serve You

Guest Message from Tom Evert, President of Washington Hospital Services and CFO of WSHA For thirty years, Washington Hospital Services has given WSHA members a place to pursue projects and services that fall outside of the association’s charter. For much of that time, WHS administered worker’s compensation and unemployment claims management services. In the last few... Read More >>

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