NEW RESOURCES: Balance Billing Protection Act Implementation

This bulletin provides updated information regarding the Washington State Balance Billing Protection Act, now contained in RCW 48.49. This new law is effective January 1, 2020. ... Read More >>

NEW TOOL AVAILABLE: PAMPHLET FOR STAFF ON UNINTERRUPTED BREAKS AND ON-CALL BILL

To distribute a new pamphlet that the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) has developed to help support hospital leaders and nurse managers in implementing and ensuring success under Washington’s uninterrupted breaks and on-call staffing law. The pamphlet is meant to be distributed to impacted hospital staff by managers.... Read More >>

Washington’s Department of Labor Finalizes Overtime Rules

The purpose of this bulletin is to advise members that Washington State’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has finalized its overtime pay rules for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers (EAP). ... Read More >>

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 >>

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