Kreidler extends emergency orders on COVID testing and surprise billing to May 28

On April 26, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended two existing emergency orders through May 28. The orders prohibiting health insurers from applying copays or deductibles on testing for the COVID-19 and protecting consumers from surprise bills for lab fees related to medically necessary diagnostic testing for COVID-19 are both extended until May 28. The order waiving... Read More >>

State Moves Forward on Work to Keep Health Care Spending Growth Below 3.2 Percent

Washington State’s Health Care Cost and Transparency Board, made up of state agency representatives, consumer representatives and others, continues to discuss levers and strategies the state might employ to reduce the growth in health care spending.... Read More >>

WSHA Provides New Law Implementation Guide for Members

WSHA’s New Law Implementation Guide provides links to bulletins and other resources to assist member hospitals implement recent legislation. Recent bulletins include: ... Read More >>

OIC Provides Webinars on E2SHB Balance Billing Reconciliation, Updates Notice of Consumer Rights

On March 31, 2022, Governor Inslee signed E2SHB 1688 (Chap. 263, Laws of 2022) which aligns portions of the state’s Balance Billing Protection Act to the federal No Surprises Act and adds new provisions.... Read More >>

CMS Issues No Surprises Act FAQs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released two new sets of frequently asked questions related to the federal No Surprises Act.... Read More >>

HRSA Allowing Late PRF Reporting for Period 1 Under Extenuating Circumstances – Request Deadline April 22

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced that starting the week of April 11, providers that missed Reporting Period 1 for CARES Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments due to extenuating circumstances will be able to submit their request for a late report through April 22. ... Read More >>

HCA Updates Naloxone Billing Instructions

The Health Care Authority updated its instructions and codes for hospital emergency departments and behavioral health agencies to take-home opioid reversal medication required under Senate Bill 5195. ... Read More >>

HCA Publishes Audio-Only Telemedicine Billing Codes

The Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) recently published audio-only telemedicine codes in accordance with HB 1196, passed during the 2021 legislative session. ... Read More >>

HCA Publishes Moderna COVID-19 Booster Billing Codes, Revises Vaccine Clinical Policy and Fee Schedule

The Health Care Authority published new codes for Moderna COVID booster and administration, as well as announced updates to its clinical vaccine policy and fee schedule for COVID-19 services.... Read More >>

Urgent Reminder – March 31 is Reporting Deadline for Period 2 Provider Relief Funds

Providers that received CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments between July 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020 (Period 2), totaling more than $10,000 must submit a formal report on their use of those funds via the reporting portal no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 31, 2022.... Read More >>

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