Federal Judge Rules CMS Exceeded Authority in Hospital Clinic Cuts

A federal judge yesterday ruled in favor of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and hospital organizations saying that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) exceeded its statutory authority when it reduced payments for hospital outpatient clinics grandfathered under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. ... Read More >>

WSHA Comments on Draft Surprise Billing, 340B Drug Program, and Overtime Rules

WSHA is actively engaged in the rulemaking process for several rules affecting hospitals.... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Hospitals with Hospital Safety Net Assessment Program Summaries

WSHA recently sent to CEOs, CFOs, and Government Affairs staff of member hospitals summaries of assessments and payments under the Hospital Safety Net Assessment program for state fiscal year 2019, and projections of assessments and estimated payments for state fiscal year 2020. No significant changes are expected for the SFY 2020 program.... Read More >>

CMS Proposed Outpatient Rule Continues to Take Aim at Hospitals

On July 29, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule.... Read More >>

CMS Finalizes IPPS Rule, Wage Index Changes

On August 2, CMS released its final Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule for 2020. ... Read More >>

OIC Releases Stakeholder Draft of Surprise Billing Law Rules

On August 2, The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) released stakeholder draft rules for HB 1065, the Balance Billing Protection Act, which recently passed during the 2019 legislative session. ... Read More >>

WSHA Prepares for SFY 2020 Hospital Safety Net Assessment Program

WSHA has been working with the State Health Care Authority to finalize details of the Hospital Safety Net Assessment Program for state fiscal year 2020, which began July 1.... Read More >>

Washington Court Rules that Taxes are Owed on Out-of-State Medicaid Payments

A Washington Court of Appeals has ruled that hospitals are not entitled to deduct business and occupation (B&O) taxes from Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) payments made on behalf of out of state patients. ... Read More >>

WSHA Releases August 2019 Regulatory Update

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its August 2019 update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. ... Read More >>

Site Neutral Payment Policy Proposed in Senate Drug Bill

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee released a description summary of a draft legislative bill intended to reduce Medicare and Medicaid drug costs.... Read More >>

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