Health Care Authority Allowing Template Billing for Mass Vaccination Administration

The Health Care Authority (HCA) announced it is now accepting template billing for administration of COVID-19 vaccines at mass vaccination sites. ... Read More >>

Lower Premiums Under the American Rescue Plan Act and Washington’s Cascade Care Bill

Under the new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Washingtonians will find that the cost of their health insurance that is purchased on the Health Benefit Exchange, is temporarily more affordable.... Read More >>

State Operating Budget Includes Significant Health Care Investments

We are very pleased the 2021-2023 Operating Budget enacted by the legislature provides significant investments in health care, including many of WSHA’s budget priorities. For more information see our recent Inside Olympia and detailed budget comparison document. WSHA is still gathering information on some of funding and payment increases. We will get more information out to members as it becomes available. The highlights are below.... Read More >>

CMS Releases Proposed 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Hospital Rule

On April 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed FY 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule. The rule would increase Medicare inpatient prospective payment system rates by a net 2.8 percent for hospitals that meet EHR meaningful use criteria and submit quality measure data. Other highlights include:... Read More >>

HRSA To Pay for Vaccine Administration for Underinsured Patients

Providers will be able to bill and be paid for vaccine administration provided to enrollees of health plans that either do not cover vaccine administration or apply patient cost-sharing. Most state regulated insurers are required to cover the service without cost-sharing but self-funded plans do not have the same requirement.... Read More >>

DOL Issues Proposed Self-Insurance Financial Rules

The Department of Labor and Industries issued proposed rules to modernize the financial qualifications for self-insured employers. The rules require additional financial document disclosures to L&I to prove the employer has sufficient resources to cover workers’ compensation liabilities.... Read More >>

WSHA Hosts Clean Buildings Standards Info Session for Hospitals: May 19, 11:00 am

WSHA will be hosting Department of Commerce staff on May 19, 2021 at 11 AM for a webinar on the Clean Buildings Standard. The webinar will cover mandatory requirements, compliance paths, customer support and the early adopter incentive program.... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Regulatory Tracker Update

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. Members will find a comprehensive view of state rulemaking activities that affect them.... Read More >>

Legislative Action in Inside Olympia: Bills That Have Passed Both Chambers

The legislature just cleared one of its last major deadlines – the final policy cutoff. In case you missed our Inside Olympia, we have highlighted WSHA’s top priority bills that have passed both chambers in our most recent edition. The legislature is set to adjourn on Sunday, April 25 and we expect the final budget... Read More >>

Health Care Authority to Allow Roster Billing for COVID-19 Administration

The Health Care Authority (HCA) announced it will allow hospitals and providers administering COVID-19 vaccines to Medicaid patients to bill HCA or enrollee’s managed care organization for the administration of the vaccine using what is commonly known as a roster, or alternatively as batch, or template billing process. The process will be available May 1... Read More >>

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