WSHA Sends Reports to Hospitals Regarding CMS Knee and Hip Replacement Initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule requiring prospective payment hospitals that provide hip and knee replacements in selected metropolitan areas to participate in... Read More >>

Your Help Needed on CMS Geographical Standards for Critical Access Hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified rural status, location and distance requirements for critical access hospitals (CAHs). Importantly, the recently released memo (S&C 15-45-CAH) clarifies existing... Read More >>

Applications for 2016 DSH Are Due Soon

The Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) is now accepting applications for Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments for 2016. The deadline for applications is August 1 for the Low Income and Small... Read More >>

Legislators Reach Agreement on Budgets, Avoid State Shutdown

The Washington State Legislature narrowly avoided a shutdown of state services by agreeing on operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Years 2015-2017. The compromise budgets are very good for hospitals... Read More >>

House and Senate Submit Revised Budget Proposals, but Key Differences Remain

The dominant parties in the House and Senate released new budgets in the past week: The Senate Republicans released a new budget on Thursday, and the House Democrats did the... Read More >>

WSHA Hosts May 27 Webcast on Proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment Hospital Rule

  The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) will host a webinar May 27 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. on the proposed inpatient rule for prospective payment hospitals. The webinar is part of WSHA’s... Read More >>

State Budget Debate Impacts Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange

  The future of Washington State’s Health Benefit Exchange will depend in part on the upcoming negotiations between the Washington State House and Senate. The budgets adopted in each chamber are... Read More >>

Legislature Passes Telemedicine and Inmate Care Bills

  Two WSHA-supported bills recently passed the Washington State Legislature and will aid efforts to ensure access to safe and cost-effective access to health care in our communities. Hospital finance... Read More >>

CMS Publishes Approach to Limit Disruption to Physician Payments

The temporary patch to the federal “Sustainable Growth Rate” formula expired March 31, creating a 21 percent reduction to Medicare physician payments. A bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives,... Read More >>

All-Payer Claims Database: Will the Legislature Revise the Current Law?

Last session the state enacted a law, HB 2572, creating an all-payer claims database. With last-minute political maneuvering, the law as passed was flawed. The law has no mandate on private... Read More >>

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