House Bill 1065, Protecting consumers from charges for out-of-network health care services

This bulletin is to inform hospitals regarding House Bill 1065 and help prepare for new requirements effective January 1, 2020. ... Read More >>

New Requirements for Uninterrupted Meal and Rest Breaks and Hospital Staffing Policies for Nurses, Technicians, and Technologists

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems about House Bill 1155, otherwise known as the “breaks bill” or “nurse staffing” legislation. ... Read More >>

Changes to Wrongful Death Laws

The Washington State Legislature recently enacted SSB 5163, which broadly expands both the categories of people who can sue for wrongful death and the types of damages they may recover. ... Read More >>

Public Option Health Plans (Cascade Care) on the Health Benefit Exchange

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems about Senate Bill 5526, the newly enacted public option health insurance plan, also known as Cascade Care.... Read More >>

New Requirements to Retain Unreported Sexual Assault Kits: Effective Immediately

The purpose of this bulletin is to alert all hospitals providing sexual assault evidence kit collection that there is a temporary moratorium on destruction of unreported sexual assault kits. ... Read More >>

Effective July 28, 2019, changes to Whistleblower Protections and Peer Review Law

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform you of an expansion of the state’s whistleblower law.... Read More >>

WSHA and AWPHD Report on 2018 Lobbying Expenses for Medicare Cost Reports

The purpose of this Bulletin is to inform WSHA and AWPHD members of the proportion of membership dues used for lobbying purposes. ... Read More >>

CMS 2019 IPPS Final Rule Transparency Requirement

The purpose of this bulletin is to alert hospitals to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement for all hospitals regarding transparency and posting of standard charges as reflected in the chargemaster... Read More >>

Washington’s L&I releases revised draft on overtime employment rules

The purpose of this bulletin is to update members about rulemaking activity by Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) regarding overtime pay eligibility for Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) workers.... Read More >>

The Notice of Treatment Options Requirement under Parent-Initiated Treatment (PIT) of Minors

The purpose of this bulletin is to remind hospitals of their obligation to provide parents/guardians seeking mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) treatment or evaluation for a minor child notice of all legally available treatment options, per RCW 71.34.375.... Read More >>

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