CMS Finalizes 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Hospital Rule

August 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its FY 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule. ... Read More >>

CMS to Hold Price Transparency Webinar

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, CMS will hold an educational webinar on price transparency and how hospitals can meet the requirements in the Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule for posting standard charge information in the comprehensive machine-readable file. ... Read More >>

WSHRC Provides Closed Captioning Training Resources

The Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) has posted training materials related to Senate Bill 5027, which requires businesses to enable closed captioning settings on televisions in public areas. ... Read More >>

Reminder: Audio-Only Telemedicine Law Effective July 25: WSHA New Law Implementation Guide Available

Beginning July 25, audio-only telemedicine became a covered and reimbursable service in Washington state.... Read More >>

CMS Outpatient Proposed Rule Reverses Elimination of Inpatient-Only List, Increases Transparency Noncompliance Penalties

On July 18, CMS released its Proposed CY 2022 Outpatient rule. The proposed rule reverses some policies that were opposed by WSHA and other hospital organizations but adopted in the 2021 rule. In the coming weeks, WSHA will provide a comprehensive description of the rule and hospital-specific analyses to the CFO or designated finance staff at each member hospital. Major provisions of the proposed rule include:... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Bulletin Outlining Audio-Only and Other Telemedicine Law Changes

Beginning July 25th, audio-only telemedicine will become a permanent covered and reimbursable service in Washington state. ... Read More >>

HCA and OIC Provide Vaccine Counseling Billing and Payment Information

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) have both released information regarding payment to providers for vaccine counseling services. ... Read More >>

CMS Updates Information on Repayment of COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its information regarding repayment of Medicare accelerated and advanced payments during the COVID-19 emergency. ... Read More >>

L&I Releases Updated Policies on Employment Relationships and Hours Worked

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) released two administrative policies that provide interpretive guidance concerning employment relationships and hours worked by employees. ... Read More >>

Washington Hospital Services Provides Healthcare Project Management Training Opportunity

Washington Hospital Services, Inc., the services arm of the Washington State Hospital Association and producer of the LEAD Academy, is pleased to offer two new professional development education opportunities available to ALL healthcare staff: Project Management Foundations for Healthcare and Managing Projects Using Microsoft Project™.  ... Read More >>

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