WSHA Forms Workgroup on Prescription Labeling Rule

The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (PQAC) has released a draft CR-101 rule on accessible prescription labeling and will be discussing it at an upcoming rules workshop in June (date to... Read More >>

Webcast: How Hospitals Can Help Patients with Medicaid Redetermination, Wednesday, May 24, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

With the end of the public health emergency, 300,000 Washingtonians are at risk of losing their Medicaid benefits if their eligibility is not recertified. Hospitals have a significant role in... Read More >>

Legislative Session Ends; Final Budget Positive for Hospitals and Health Care

The 2023 legislative session ended April 23 with House and Senate unveiling their final budget on Saturday, April 22. Overall, this is a very good budget for hospitals and health... Read More >>

Materials Related to Expiration of the Public Health Emergency

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum providing guidance for the expiration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).  Many waivers and flexibilities provided during the... Read More >>

Great News! WSHA Safety Net and Payment for Difficult to Discharge Bills Pass Legislature

A pair of important WSHA priority bills passed the legislature within the last week and will be sent to the governor for signature. ESSB 5103 – Concerning payment to acute... Read More >>

WSHA Webcast May 24: Ending of the Medicaid Continuous Enrollment and Apple Health Redetermination in WA State

Following the expiration of the Covid public health emergency (PHE), states must resume activity to re-determine Medicaid eligibility for enrollees. Hospitals can learn more about the Medicaid redetermination process during... Read More >>

Proposed Medicare Inpatient Rule Includes 2.8 Percent Rate Increase

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) April 10 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) PPS proposed rule for fiscal year (FY) 2024. WSHA... Read More >>

Final Medicare Advantage Rule Places Greater Oversight and Restrictions on MA Plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) April 5 finalized its Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program for Contract Year (CY)... Read More >>

WSHA, unions reach compromise on staffing bill

After weeks of negotiations, we are pleased to report we have reached a compromise on SB 5236 – the staffing bill that would have mandated nurse-to-staff ratios. Most notably, there... Read More >>

No Surprises Act arbitration resumes, but only for services prior to October 25, 2022

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has instructed Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) entities for the federal No Surprises Act to resume arbitration proceedings, but only for payment disputes... Read More >>

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