WSHA Responds to HCA Hospital-Based Clinic Cut Proposal

As part of the process to develop a budget proposal for the upcoming biennium (State Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017), the Health Care Authority’s (HCA’s) recommendations to the Governor included a cut to the Medicaid payment rates for hospital-based clinics of $42 million over the two-year period. (See a hospital-specific estimate of the impact of this cut.) While we... Read More >>

State in Process of Drawing Boundaries for Behavioral Health Purchasing

  The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) are in the process of determining the regional boundaries they will use for purchasing mental health and substance use disorder services in the future.  The state has released its proposed regional service area boundary plans dividing the state... Read More >>

New Safety Net Assessment Program Successfully Completes First Year

New Safety Net Assessment Program Successfully Completes First Year The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is pleased to report that payments to hospitals for Medicaid services under the Hospital Safety Net Assessment program have been made by the state and the managed care plans for state fiscal year (SFY) 2014. WSHA has worked with the... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Recommends $42 Million Medicaid Payment Cut to Hospital Clinics, Other Changes

  Health Care Authority Recommends $42 Million Medicaid Payment Cut to Hospital Clinics, Other Changes   Last week the Health Care Authority (HCA) submitted to Governor Inslee a set of recommendations to meet the governor’s request that agencies submit proposals to achieve a 15 percent budget reduction for the 2015-2017 biennium. The recommendations include a reduction... Read More >>

WSHA Offers Hospital Finance 101 Webinar September 19 12:00PM

  The cost of health care delivery is an issue that causes confusion and frustration for patients, lawmakers, and the hospitals themselves. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is providing a free and open webinar to build some basic understanding about the major factors that affect hospitals’ financial picture, and the relationship between those finances... Read More >>

Patients and Hospitals Face Exchange Enrollment Issues

For the past several months, insurers, joined by the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), have been highlighting problems in the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder.  There about 6,000 individual accounts whose premiums have not been properly processed due to technical glitches. The exchange has committed to fixing... Read More >>

Supreme Court Decision on Single Bed Certifications May Impact Payments

While operational challenges will undoubtedly unfold after last week’s Washington State Supreme Court decision to end the practice of psychiatric boarding through Single Bed Certifications (SBCs) for patients without medical comorbidities, we may also see impacts to hospital payments authorized through SBCs. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is aware that some hospitals provide psychiatric treatment and... Read More >>

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