WSHA Updates Regulatory Rulemaking Page

WSHA’s Government Affairs team recently published an update to its Top Priority Rules Tracker, which shows the highest-priority ongoing state rulemaking activities impacting hospitals and health systems as part of its State... Read More >>

WSHA Urges Definition Clarification in Balance Billing Rule

WSHA commented on a recent preproposal draft rule for E2SHB 1688 which was passed during the 2022 legislative session. E2SHB 1688 aligns the state’s Balance Billing Protection Act with the... Read More >>

WSHA Asks for Important Changes on the HCA Telemedicine Rule

WSHA commented on the Health Care Authority’s (HCA) preproposal draft rule for ESSB 1196, which was passed during the 2021 legislative session. ESSB 1196 builds on Washington state’s telemedicine payment parity... Read More >>

Federal Agencies Release Interim Final Rule on NSA Dispute Resolution Process

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of the Treasury released their interim final rule on the independent... Read More >>

Non-CPE DSH Application Deadline is September 1

Preliminary non-CPE Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) applications for state fiscal year 2023 must be submitted to Health Care Authority or before September 1, 2022 to receive consideration for the SFY... Read More >>

Recertification Period for 340B Eligibility Opens

The annual 340B Program Recertification period for Hospitals will be August 24-September 19, 2022. The Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) requires... Read More >>

WSHA Advocacy on Hospital Financial Challenges

WSHA’s efforts to raise awareness of hospital’s unprecedented capacity and financial challenges are having an impact. WSHA sent a letter to all state legislators and health care regulators detailing the... Read More >>

Final Medicare inpatient rule includes 4.3 percent payment increase

On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final 2023 inpatient rule. The rule increases hospital inpatient prospective payment system rates for hospitals that meet quality... Read More >>

OIC begins rulemaking on balance billing law changes

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is continuing its rulemaking related to implementation of changes due to E2SHB 1688. The 2022 law modifies the state’s Balance Billing... Read More >>

CMS provides guidance on No Surprises Act dispute resolution process

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has posted guidance and checklist regarding the independent dispute resolution (IDS) process for out-of-network claims under the No Surprises Act (NSA). The federal... Read More >>

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