New Pre-Transaction Notification Requirements for Health Care Entities

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals of new legislation requiring hospitals and providers to notify the state Attorney General’s Office (AGO) of anticipated mergers, acquisitions, and contracting affiliations that meet state law definitions. ... Read More >>

Behavioral Health Policy and Budget Changes, Including New Capital Funding Opportunities to Increase Behavioral Health Capacity

This bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems about behavioral health policy bills and budget items that WSHA advocated for and the Legislature passed during the 2019 legislative session. ... Read More >>

Effective October 1, 2019: New Disclosure Requirements Regarding Provider Sexual Misconduct

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals of a new requirement that health care providers disclose to patients if a disciplining authority has sanctioned the provider for unprofessional conduct involving sexual misconduct. This requirement in SHB 1198 goes into effect on October 1, 2019. ... Read More >>

Telemedicine Training Standards and Credentialing

This bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems about Senate Bill 5386, relating to telemedicine training and Senate Bill 5387, relating to telemedicine credentialing. WSHA worked to ensure that these new laws provided appropriate flexibility for providers while recognizing the desire by the Legislature to continue to advance telemedicine in Washington State.... Read More >>

Trauma System Report Released with Recommendations

This report makes recommendations to modernize the trauma system to meet the needs of Washington’s growing population into the future. The findings in the report will be of interest to many hospitals, as each hospital plays an important part of the state’s trauma system. Future funding decisions and changes to the regulations governing the system will impact all acute care hospitals in Washington state.... Read More >>

New Requirements for Maternal Mortality Reviews Effective July 28, 2019

This bulletin is to inform hospitals of new requirements to notify their local coroner or medical examiner regarding maternal deaths that occur on or after July 28, 2019.... Read More >>

Guidance for Hospitals on Unreported Sexual Assault Kits Collected from April 23, 2019 to June 30, 2020

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide new guidance for hospitals on the process for handling unreported sexual assault kits during temporary moratorium on destruction of unreported sexual assault kits.... Read More >>

Washington’s L&I releases formal proposal to revise overtime employment rules

The purpose of this bulletin is to advise members of rulemaking about overtime pay eligibility by Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). ... Read More >>

Effective July 28, 2019: Changes to State Law on Medical Decision Making

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about recent changes to state law on medical decision making.... Read More >>

Effective July 28, 2019, laws governing access to and delivery of behavioral health services for adolescents have been expanded

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform you of several law changes relating to behavioral health services for adolescents, who are minors aged 13-17.... Read More >>

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