Grace Period for Initial Provider Relief Funds Reporting Ends November 30

Providers who received one or more Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, during the first Payment Received Period were required to report on their use of funds by September 30, 2021.... Read More >>

CMS Releases 2022 Final Home Health and End Stage Renal Disease Rules

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final 2022 rules for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and Home Health on November 8 and 9 respectively, each with an effective date of January 1, 2022.... Read More >>

HCA Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Multi-payer Primary Care Transformation Model

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently released an updated draft of its Multi-payer Primary Care Transformation Model (PCTM) and is seeking stakeholder feedback through a survey. The deadline to share survey feedback is Friday, November 19, 2021.... Read More >>

Registration Open for 2022 Virtual LEAD Academy & Project Management Courses

Washington Hospital Services (WHS) has opened registration for the 2022 Virtual LEAD Academy and Project Management courses.... Read More >>

Industry Partner to Provide Webinar – State of the Supply Chain: Current and Future Impact

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner, CommerceHealthcare will present a webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 11:00-12:00 for a conversation about the State of the Supply Chain with a panel of internationally recognized experts.... Read More >>

OIC Releases Stakeholder Draft of Proposed Surprise Billing Legislation. Comments Due November 16

Yesterday, the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) released stakeholder draft legislation modifying the state’s existing Balance Billing Protection Act (BBPA)... Read More >>

Final CMS 2022 Outpatient Rule Reinstates Inpatient Only List, Increases Transparency Penalties

On November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that increases Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by a net 2.0% in calendar year 2022 compared to 2021. ... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Seeks Stakeholder Input on Billing Guides and Fee Schedules

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is seeking stakeholder input on how to make its provider billing guides and fee schedules more user friendly. ... Read More >>

Extension of Federal COVID Emergency Period Helps State, Health Care Providers, and Patients

A recent extension of the federal public health emergency through January 14, 2022, will continue to provide much needed help for the state, hospitals and providers, and patients during the COVID emergency. ... Read More >>

L&I Sets 2022 Noncompetition Agreement Enforceability Thresholds

Chapter 49.62 RCW requires the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) to establish annual enforceability thresholds for noncompetition agreements between employers and their employees and/or independent contractors. ... Read More >>

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