Court Victory May Impact Medicaid DSH Payments

Court Victory May Impact Medicaid DSH Payments A recent court victory by Seattle Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital may significantly impact how Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments are distributed by Washington State and other states. The Washington State Health Care Authority is in the process of analyzing the details of the injunction.  ... Read More >>

Weekly Report for January 29, 2015 – The Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time

It’s been almost three years since WSHA, Washington State Health Care Authority, Washington State Medical Association and Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians took on the challenge of reducing unnecessary trips to the emergency room. We learned a great deal from our colleagues in emergency medicine. The problem has complex origins, but the... Read More >>

Coalition of hospitals, physicians and Health Care Authority getting national attention

For several years the ER is for Emergencies coalition has been working to reduce preventable emergency room visits. This public-private partnership has not only improved utilization, quality of care and savings in Washington state, but the efforts of the coalition are getting national attention. Read the full press release release below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  ... Read More >>

Telemedicine in Senate and House

The telemedicine bill that WSHA and its members support has hearings in the Senate and House this week, House Bill 1403 and Senate Bill 5175. (Download the issue brief here.) This legislation is a top priority for us this session. It guarantees that if an insurer covers a service in person, they will also cover... Read More >>

Weekly Report for January 22, 2015 – Fourth Quarter on Enrollment

For anyone who watched Sunday’s Seahawks game, the message was clear and thrillingly delivered: Do. Not. Give. Up. We should all have that same sense of fourth quarter urgency when it comes to outreach and enrollment in health insurance. This year’s open enrollment period ends February 15, which is just a few weeks away. This... Read More >>

Minding the Budget Gap

The legislature has been off and running since it was called into session last Monday. The House and Senate are in full swing, considering bills and debating the Governor’s budget proposals. One of the bigger pieces of news from this first week was the passage of a Senate rule requiring a 2/3 majority vote for new... Read More >>

Weekly Report for January 15, 2015 – Honoring Choices

Last week, WSHA and WSMA launched the Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest website. If you missed the KPLU story, catch it here. We are working to give everyone the tools they need to think through their values and their choices, and to guide people through sharing those plans with their loved ones and health care teams. We’re... Read More >>

DOH Begins Review of Certificate of Need Tertiary Health Services

The Washington State Department of Health (the Department) Certificate of Need program has announced it is moving forward with review of tertiary health services that are subject to Certificate of Need. The Department will determine whether any changes are necessary to the tertiary health services list. Changes could include additions to or deletions from the list. We want to make sure you are aware this process has started so you can participate as appropriate in the public comment period, the first phase of which is January 1, 2015 to February 28, 2015.... Read More >>

Legislative Preview Webcast

WSHA staff led a conversation about what we expect from this year’s legislative session, including budget projections, leadership changes and hot topics. We also discussed WSHA’s policy and budget priorities for the session, and some of the challenges that we anticipated.... Read More >>

Statewide Initiative Launches to Inspire Washingtonians to Share their Wishes for End-of-Life Care

SEATTLE — Wishes honored. Peace of mind.  Family harmony.  Quality care.  These are the hallmarks of a new initiative launched this week.  Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest’s vision is for everyone in Washington state to receive care that honors personal values and goals near the end of life. The initiative is led by the Washington State... Read More >>

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