Breastfeeding friendly hospitals to be recognized

WSHA and the Department of Health (DOH) have teamed up to recognized hospitals in our state that have taken steps to encourage breastfeeding. The Department is planning an event Aug. 20 to recognize hospitals that have obtained a certification through the program, so now is the time to get recognized!Certifications are gold, silver and bronze,... Read More >>

Kittitas Valley Healthcare highlights positive changes

Kittitas Valley Healthcare recently developed a video that explains the transition to preventative, team-based health care at the hospital, and how it improves patient health and the quality of the care patients receive. This emphasis aligns closely with other initiatives, such as Healthier Washington, to make real advances in the health of the entire population. Watch... Read More >>

PeaceHealth Southwest unveils breast cancer awareness boat

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Kearny Breast Center has a new way to celebrate cancer survivors. Last month, the hospital unveiled a donated pink dragon boat dedicated to life after breast cancer, taking it to Vancouver Lake for a Zen Buddhist blessing and an inaugural lap around the water. The boat will make several community appearances... Read More >>

New views, new vision

Here at WSHA, we know we have a great policy and advocacy team. They work tirelessly through session and the rest of the year to increase access to health care (you’ll be seeing the 2015 Legislative Summary very soon). We also know we have a fantastic patient safety team. For the last 10 years, they... Read More >>

Weekly Report for August 13, 2015 – New views, new vision

Over the weekend, WSHA moved into new office space in downtown Seattle. Any home or office move is usually chaotic. Considering we’d been in our Elliott Avenue West offices for about 20 years, and we’re 70+ people strong, we had low expectations for Monday’s productivity. A lot could have gone wrong, and no one would... Read More >>

Bree Collaborative’s Draft Recommendations and Warranty for Heart Surgery

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform you about the Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative Collaborative's draft report on heart surgery and the companion warranty, and encourage you to comment on the reports (via the Collaborative’s online survey here.... Read More >>

WSHA Sends Reports to Hospitals Regarding CMS Knee and Hip Replacement Initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule requiring prospective payment hospitals that provide hip and knee replacements in selected metropolitan areas to participate in a new bundled payment initiative. Read the proposed rule here. Hospitals will be responsible for the quality and cost of an episode of care ending... Read More >>

Weekly Report for August 6, 2015 – Supporting Patient Choices

Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest was designed to help train physicians, hospitals and their communities to be more comfortable in discussing and honoring patients’ wishes around advance care planning. These can be complicated and uncomfortable conversations for everyone, and it’s important that providers be able to guide and support patients. Honoring Choices PNW is a partnership of WSHA and the Washington... Read More >>

Breastfeeding-friendly hospitals help create ‘Healthiest Next Generation’

Breastfeeding can give babies a healthy start in life. Hospitals play an important role in helping mothers start and continue breastfeeding. A new state program, Breastfeeding Friendly Washington Hospitals, recognizes hospitals that are taking steps to support breastfeeding. “We know that babies are more likely to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives if they breastfeed for at least six months,” said state Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “Hospitals that encourage and support breastfeeding are helping to raise the healthiest next generation. Expectant parents will soon have an easier time finding out how breastfeeding-friendly their local hospital is thanks to the Breastfeeding-Friendly Hospitals program.”... Read More >>

Congress Adjourns for August Recess; Talking Points for Meetings

To: CEOs/Administrators and Government Affairs Staff Now is a great time to set up meetings with members of Congress or their staffs to discuss issues impacting health care, as they have returned to the state for August recess. We know several of you already have meetings coming up. For those of you who haven’t scheduled a... Read More >>

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