Swedish Edmonds gets set for major expansion

Swedish Edmonds is in the final stages of constructing a 77,000-square-foot addition to the hospital-- its largest expansion in 40 years. The project includes a new state-of-the-art emergency department with private rooms that reduce patient wait times, a new outpatient diagnostic imaging center and upgraded facilities to better serve patients in mental health crisis.... Read More >>

The new WSHA.org is for you

What’s a website for? The simplest questions to ask can be the hardest to answer. We struggle with analogies of what a website replaces, and there are so many right answers. Phone book. Library. Television. Store. Clubhouse. Classroom. (Doctor’s office? Pharmacy counter?) We haven’t run out of ideas yet.... Read More >>

2015 PAC Campaign Continues to Make Progress

The 2015 campaign continues to make great progress. Since our last update at the end of September, several more members have reached their individual tile-WHPAC-logohospital/health system goal.... Read More >>

Merritt Hawkins releases a new white paper exploring Telehealth

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins has released a new paper entitled Telehealth: The Integration of Telecommunications into Patient/Provider Encounters. It explores how telehealth has impacted the physician-patient experience, how widespread telehealth solutions have become national, typical reimbursements and the most common telehealth platforms adopted.... Read More >>

Health Benefit Exchange selects 9 in-person support agencies

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is gearing up for the next open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 1 and runs through the end of January. It has selected nine organizations to offer in-person customer support across the state.... Read More >>

Healthy Doctors, Healthier Patients

The Washington State Medical Association shared the perspective of their new president, Dr. Ray Hsiao, in a recent “WSMA Reports.” Dr. Hsiao, a child psychiatrist and addiction specialist from Seattle, was elected president of WSMA at the association’s annual meeting in Spokane Sept. 27.... Read More >>

DOH adopts rules to protect patient information in CHARS database

The Department of Health (DOH) has adopted rules to further define standards for access to patient information in the state’s Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS). WSHA worked with the DOH to offer comments and voice concerns during several stakeholder workshops, and appreciated the opportunity to participate in the pre-rulemaking process. ... Read More >>

State moving forward with transformation committees

The state is seeking applicants for new committees focusing on accelerating the work of transformation in Washington State.... Read More >>

Open enrollment for Health Benefits Exchange for 2016 coverage

It’s that time again! Open enrollment for the Exchange’s individual market runs Nov. 1, 2015 to Jan. 31, 2016. Washington’s hospitals play a key role in helping patients enroll in either the Health Benefit Exchange’s health plans and Apple Health.... Read More >>

Washington End of Life Coalition Annual Meeting Nov. 13

The Washington End of Life Coalition will hold its Annual Meeting from 9am-3:30pm on Friday Nov. 13 at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. Dr. Ira Byock — leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life — will be the featured presenter, speaking about well-being through the end of life... Read More >>

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