New law will improve health care decision-making for incapacitated patients in Washington state

A newly passed law in Washington state represents a significant increase in health care autonomy for its patients. House Bill 1175, passed during the recent state legislative session, expands decision-making options for patients who lack capacity and helps health care providers ensure patients’ health care decisions are known and honored.... Read More >>

Washington State Legislature passes SHB 1155, sends bill to governor for signature

On April 24, the Washington State House and Senate passed Substitute House Bill 1155, implementing new restrictions on hospital staffing, with most elements of the bill taking effect Jan. 1, 2020. The final bill passed after lawmakers formed a conference committee to determine the bill’s final details. SHB 1155 now awaits the governor’s signature to become law.... Read More >>

Washington State Hospital Association coordinates filing amicus brief in support of the ACA

 On April 1, 2019, the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) joined 25 other state hospital associations in filing an amicus brief in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ... Read More >>

Hospital staffing legislation places patients at risk

Washington state lawmakers are currently considering Second Substitute House Bill 1155, which has unintended consequences that place patients at risk.... Read More >>

Legislation threatens transplant programs in Washington state

Rigid restrictions on the use of on-call staffing could mean hospitals won’t have access to staff when organs become available and patients could miss out on critical matches.... Read More >>

WSHA advances new nurse staffing legislation in 2019

Nurses are critical to the delivery of safe and quality care in Washington state, and it is important that nurses are not fatigued. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is advancing a new bill, Senate Bill 5344, Concerning Nurse Fatigue, for the 2019 legislative session to address concerns about missed meal or breaks and nurse fatigue.... Read More >>

WSHA welcomes Darcy Jaffe as Senior Vice President for Safety and Quality

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) welcomes its new senior vice president for safety and quality, Darcy Jaffe. Jaffe is an expert in behavioral health and a leader in identifying and advocating for issues at the intersection of public policy and health care quality. She will bring her wealth of knowledge to leading WSHA’s safety and quality department.... Read More >>

WSHA responds to Gov. Inslee’s behavioral health plan

Gov. Jay Inslee has released his behavioral health plan as part of his proposed budget for the 2019-2021 biennium. WSHA released a statement on the behavioral health plan.... Read More >>

Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis will chair WSHA Board

Seattle — Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis has been elected Board Chair of the Washington State Hospital Association. As chair, Lewis will preside over the Board of Trustees and help lead the hospital association’s work for the coming year. “Eric has been involved as a leader with WSHA in numerous capacities, and we are... Read More >>

Public/private safe prescribing initiative results in significant reductions of Apple Health (Medicaid) opioid prescriptions

A public/private safe prescribing initiative launched in late 2017, called Better Prescribing, Better Treatment, has resulted in significant reductions in Apple Health (Medicaid) opioid prescriptions in less than a year, initiative partners announced today. The partners, the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Washington State Health Care Authority... Read More >>

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