Fires in Chelan

Like the rest of the state, we at WSHA have been watching the progress of the enormous Chelan complex fire and talking regularly with our friends in the area. With much of the town evacuated, Lake Chelan Community Hospital is present and open, with power and internet services restored after an initial loss. Although there... Read More >>

PeaceHealth St. John helps mentor young riders at bike rodeo

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview recently teamed up with the Longview Police Department to hold a bike rodeo, teaching more than 50 local children the essentials of bike safety. The hospital’s trauma department provided free bike helmets and fittings, and offered bike safety checks. Teen volunteers set up obstacle courses for the younger... Read More >>

Attention WSHA Members and Friends: Returned Mail?

We have recently discovered that not all of our mail was being forwarded from our old offices. If you recently responded to an event invitation and your RSVP card was returned to you, please email Wendy Ray at wendyr@wsha.org. We very much are looking forward to seeing you in our new office! Our new (physical and mailing) address is:... Read More >>

State legislature back at work?

Last week, the Washington State Supreme Court announced that the Washington State Legislature is out of compliance with its McCleary decision on adequate funding for K-12 education. As a signal of its frustration, the Supreme Court imposed $100,000 a day in fines, which would go into a dedicated education account. While that amount sounds substantial, in... Read More >>

Capital Grants Available for Remodeling/Building New Psychiatric Units

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform you of newly available capital grants to remodel or build a psychiatric unit or facility to serve involuntarily detained mental health patients. WSHA successfully lobbied the Washington State Legislature to allocate at least $5.5 million dollars in a competitive pool for hospitals and other organizations to build new psychiatric treatment capacity. We have reason to believe the overall competitive pool amount may be increased. The Washington State Department of Commerce will administer the grants.... Read More >>

Weekly Report for August 20, 2015 – State legislature back at work?

State legislature back at work? Last week, the Washington State Supreme Court announced that the Washington State Legislature is out of compliance with its McCleary decision on adequate funding for K-12 education. As a signal of its frustration, the Supreme Court imposed $100,000 a day in fines, which would go into a dedicated education account. While... Read More >>

Industry Partner releases review of recruiting incentives

For the last 22 years, Washington Hospital Services’ Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins has released a review of physician and advanced practitioner recruiting incentives. This highly anticipated review offers valuable benchmarking data that provides insight into compensation trends in more than 20 physician and advanced-practitioner specialties, as well as other recruiting incentives, such as production and... Read More >>

CMS proposes new rules for knee and hip replacements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) recently proposed a new rule requiring prospective payment hospitals in select metropolitan areas to participate in a new bundled payment initiative. Though this rule, as is, would only apply to hospitals that do knee and hip replacements in Snohomish, King, Pierce and Clark counties, the program could be... Read More >>

Registration opens Monday for Annual Meeting

Registration for WSHA’s 83rd Annual Meeting (Oct. 7-8 at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle) will begin this Monday, Aug. 17. Click here to go to the registration page. You can also book your accommodations now, and rooms will fill quickly. Click here for more information about the Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is Healthcare 2.0 — Innovation, Insights... Read More >>

Washington State uninsured rate down 10.4 percent from 2013

Washington State is one of only five states in the country that has seen a drop of more than 10 percent in their uninsured rates since 2013, according to a new Gallup poll released this week. Washington’s current uninsured rate is 6.4 percent. States that have both an insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion have seen... Read More >>

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