Washington passes law establishing 9-8-8 call line for behavioral health crises and plans redesign of crisis behavioral health system

This bulletin provides hospitals information on E2SHB 1477, which will redesign Washington State’s crisis behavioral health services system and tie service delivery to 9-8-8, a universal three-digit telephone number for people to call when they or a loved one experiences a behavioral health crisis.... Read More >>

Recommended Resources – Washington Nurse Licensure Process

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide resources and information to hospitals and health care systems about the licensure process for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). ... Read More >>

New PMP Check Requirement for Outpatient Prescribing and Dispensing of Controlled Substances to Medicaid Patients Effective October 1, 2021

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about the new prescription monitoring program (PMP) check requirement for outpatient prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances to Apple Health patients that takes effect October 1, 2021. ... Read More >>

New Law Relating to Health Care Providers Giving Pregnancy and Miscarriage-Related Patient Care

The purpose of this bulletin is to alert hospitals and health care systems about changes in law related to SSB 5140, effective July 25, 2021. SSB 5140 states that health care providers – who are acting in good faith, within the provider's scope of practice, education, training, and experience and within the accepted standard of care – may provide health care services related to complications of pregnancy in cases in which failure to provide such care would violate the accepted standard of care or where the patient’s medical condition poses a risk to the patient’s life or bodily function. The law delineates that health care entities may limit provision of these services under ... Read More >>

Audio-Only and Other Telemedicine Law Changes to Take Effect

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals of important Washington state law changes concerning telemedicine. This bulletin summarizes three new laws that were enacted in 2021 by the Washington State Legislature.... Read More >>

Upcoming Changes To Washington’s Paid Family Medical Leave Program

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about legislative changes made during the 2021 session to the Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program.... Read More >>

Final DOH rules for Behavioral Health Agencies and DOH interpretive guidance for voluntary patients

This bulletin informs hospitals of two recent developments related to behavioral health services: 1. The Department of Health (DOH) final rules for Behavioral Health Agencies (including hospitals) go into effect on July 1, 2021, but DOH is planning a 6-month grace period to allow BHAs time to implement the changes. Surveyors will not issue citations for noncompliance until January 1, 2022. 2. A DOH interpretive statement for release of voluntary patients from inpatient behavioral health settings. ... Read More >>

New Law Impacting Hospital Sexual Assault Services

This bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems about Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1109, which provides additional rights to survivors of sexual assault when they present at a hospital seeking services. The rights of survivors of sexual assault are expanded to include: 1. The right to receive written notice about eligibility for benefits under the Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund, and 2. The right to receive a referral to an accredited community sexual assault program for survivors who are adults or connection to services in accordance with the county child sexual abuse investigation protocol, in the case of a survivor who is a minor. ... Read More >>

Increased Department of Health Oversight and Enforcement Abilities of Acute Care Hospitals

This bulletin is to inform acute care hospitals about House Bill 1148, which increases the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) oversight and enforcement abilities of acute care hospitals. This is the continuation of the legislature’s efforts to increase DOH oversight and enforcement abilities over health care facilities.... Read More >>

Effective July 25, 2021: Closed Captioning Requirements for Televisions in Public Places of Accommodation

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems of new requirements in Senate Bill 5027 regarding activation of closed captioning settings on televisions located in public places of accommodation. The new requirements are effective July 25, 2021. Enforcement and potential penalties for noncompliance begin 90 days from the effective date.... Read More >>

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