WHFCA to host Borrower Educational Forum Nov. 10

The Washington Health Care Facilities Authority will host its first-annual Borrower Educational Forum from 8:30am-6pm on Tuesday Nov. 10 at The Rainier Club in Seattle. The Washington Health Care Facilities Authority was created by Legislature to provide a new source of capital funding to ensure Washington state communities would have access to modern, well equipped, and reasonably priced health care facilities. ... Read More >>

Register now for the Choosing Wisely Summit Oct. 30

Join health care leaders and stakeholders on Friday, Oct. 30 for Improving Value in Health Care: The Choosing Wisely Summit. This meeting is a day-long, in-depth forum focusing on ways... Read More >>

Recent member news: 10/22/15

Member news headlines from Oct. 22, 2015....

Rockwood Health System launches virtual doctor visits

Rockwood Health System, which operates Deaconess and Valley Hospitals in Spokane, recently launched VirtualHealthNow, which allows patients to have a doctor visit via a mobile device, tablet or computer 24... Read More >>

Ballots have arrived: No on I-1366

One of my favorite fall rituals is the arrival of our ballots for the November elections. I love public policy and I love to vote. Participating in our democracy is such an amazing privilege. This fall, mostly local elections and local issues dominate our ballots. There is, however, an important statewide vote that would have enormous impacts on hospitals and health systems: Initiative 1366. The WSHA Board of Trustees has voted unanimously for WSHA to oppose the initiative.... Read More >>

InsMed Insurance helps protect training physicians

Young professionals are confident in their choice to take on student loans because they are investing in their future. However, what most young professionals don’t consider are the implications associated with the disruption of income caused by an accident or illness that may delay or prevent their repayment.... Read More >>

New OSHA rules bring changes to healthcare hazard communications

Changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) — the law governing chemical safety in the workplace — have created critical new responsibilities for those who deliver health care in our country. ... Read More >>

WSHA supports state’s Medicaid global waiver application

Last week, the WSHA board voted to support the intent of the state’s Medicaid global waiver application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). WSHA submitted a letter of support to CMS.... Read More >>

Webcast: Communicating for better patient care

WSHA has partnered with the state Health Care Authority and the Washington Community Mental Health Council to discuss information sharing among providers for patients with behavioral health conditions. ... Read More >>

Webcast: Inmate guarding and payment in hospitals

WSHA will host a webcast from 12-1pm Thursday Oct. 15 to detail changes in state law stemming from Senate Bill 5593, which requires more extensive guarding of patients who are in custody for violent offenses, and outlines a payment structure for their care. The webinar will provide an overview of the key provisions of the bill and discuss the implications for hospitals and law enforcement entities.... Read More >>

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