Health Care Authority Posts Enhanced Medicaid Behavioral Health and Primary Care Fee Schedules

Effective for services on or after October 1, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) increased the Medicaid professional fee schedule amounts for designated behavioral health, primary care, and pediatric critical care services.... Read More >>

HCA Increases Managed Care Behavioral Health Payment Rates

The 2021-23 state operating budget also included a two percent increase for all services paid through the behavioral health portion of the managed care capitation rates. ... 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 >>

In Case You Missed Them! WSHA Provides Bulletins on New Laws

To assist members with implementation of the many bills passed during the 2021 legislative session, WSHA has prepared and is maintaining its New Law Implementation Guide and Implementation Resources Calendar.... Read More >>

Washington State Minimum Wage Increases to $14.49 in 2022

The Department of Labor & Industries announced that Washington State’s minimum wage will increase to $14.49 on January 1, 2022. ... Read More >>

Rulemaking for Mandatory Hospital Participation in Public Option Plans

As WSHA previously reported, Senate Bill 5377 enacted during the 2021 legislative session made key modifications to public option health plans (also known as “Cascade Select”). ... Read More >>

HHS Provides Additional Information on $25.5 Billion in COVID Relief Funding: Application Portal Opens September 29

The US. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided more information related to applying for the $17 billion in Phase 4 Provider Relief Funding and $8.5 in ARPA Rural Funding. ... Read More >>

HCA Clarifies Authorization and Payment Provisions for Monoclonal Antibodies and Ambulance Services

WSHA has been actively working with the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) to identify and remedy issues impacting access to medical care during the COVID emergency. ... Read More >>

Medicaid Fee Schedule Increases Effective October 1

Effective October 1, the Washington state Health Care Authority (HCA) will increase the Medicaid professional fee schedule amounts for designated behavioral health, primary care, and pediatric critical care services. ... Read More >>

HHS Releases $25.5 Billion Provider Relief Funding, Including $8.5 Billion Rural Funding; Application Portal to Open September 29

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last Friday that they will release $25.5 billion in COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds and rural funds previously authorized by Congress. ... Read More >>

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