Changes to State Charity Care Law Effective July 1, 2022

The purpose of this bulletin is to alert hospitals to upcoming changes to the state charity care law, chapter 70.170 RCW. The changes to state law in Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1616 apply to care provided on or after July 1, 2022... Read More >>

Update on Requirement for Hospitals to Contract with Public Option Plans

This bulletin provides information for hospital contracting staff to consider as they identify and respond to offers from carriers for public option plans. ... Read More >>

New law allowing nurses and licensed practical nurses to distribute opioid reversal medication in EDs – effective March 11, 2022

This bulletin provides hospitals information about HB 1761, a new law that revises RCW 70.41.480, which requires Emergency Departments (EDs) to distribute opioid reversal medication to patients at risk of an opioid overdose.... Read More >>

Psychiatric Hospital Fine Matrix Rulemaking Guidance

This bulletin informs psychiatric hospitals that the Department of Health (DOH) final rule on psychiatric hospital fines, implementing HB 2426, went into effect on February 24, 2022. ... Read More >>

Requirement for Hospitals to Contract with Public Option Plans

Purpose This bulletin reminds hospitals about a law enacted during the 2021 Washington State legislative session, which requires hospitals to contract with at least one public option plan for the 2023 plan year.... Read More >>

OIC Releases Audio-Only Telemedicine Rules Effective December 22, 2021

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about the new audio-only telemedicine regulations issued by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) that take effect December 22, 2021. ... Read More >>

Hospital Transparency and Reporting (2021 Session E2SHB 1272)

This bulletin informs hospitals about a hospital transparency and reporting law passed in the 2021 Washington State legislative session. ... Read More >>

Updated Notifiable Conditions Regulations Delayed Until January 2023

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals that the revisions to Washington State’s Notifiable Conditions regulations in chapter 246-101 WAC are delayed until January 1, 2023. ... Read More >>

Behavioral Health Policy and Budget Changes to Increase Bed Capacity, Including Long-Term Psychiatric Bed Capacity

This bulletin informs hospitals about behavioral health policy bills and budget items that passed with the assistance of WSHA’s advocacy during the 2021 legislative session. ... Read More >>

Statewide Behavioral Health Ombuds Coming in 2022

This bulletin provides hospitals with information on an upcoming change to behavioral health ombuds services, with implications for hospitals providing mental health, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorder-related treatment services (referred to as “behavioral health”).... Read More >>

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