No Surprises Act Effective January 1 – Webinar Slides Available

Many provisions of the No Surprises Act (NSA) are effective January 1, 2022, including prohibitions on balance billing for out of network emergency services and out of network professional services performed at an in-network facility. ... Read More >>

WSHA Updates Regulatory Rules Tracker

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

Webinar December 7: Getting Ready for the Federal No Surprises Act (NSA): What You Need to Know Now

On Tuesday, December 7 from 10:00-11:00 am WSHA will provide an overview of the No Surprises Act (NSA) and its requirements. ... Read More >>

US Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Challenging Cuts to 340B Hospitals

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments from the American Hospital Association and other hospital plaintiffs challenging Medicare payment cuts to hospitals participating the 340B drug program. ... Read More >>

OIC Finalizes Audio-Only Telemedicine Rules

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) finalized its regulations for Washington state’s new audio-only telemedicine law that was passed as HB 1196 (2021) earlier this year. ... Read More >>

DOH to Begin Acute Care Hospital Fine Matrix Rulemaking December 7

The Department of Health (DOH) is beginning rulemaking to implement HB 1148, a bill which increased DOH’s oversight and enforcement abilities of acute care hospitals licensed under 70.41 RCW. ... Read More >>

WSHA Requests OIC Reconsider Health Care Benefit Manager Interpretation

WSHA has contacted and met with the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) regarding an OIC legal interpretation that requires hospitals with delegated credentialing arrangements with insurers to register as health care benefit managers (HCBMs).... Read More >>

WSHA Comments on Surprise Billing Stakeholder Draft Legislation

Yesterday, WSHA submitted comments on stakeholder draft legislation reconciling provisions of the federal No Surprises Act (NSA) with Washington State’s Balance Billing Protection Act (BBPA).... Read More >>

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 >>

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