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Weekly Report for April 9, 2015 – Telemedicine Success

Great news to report from Olympia—the telemedicine bill passed both houses! Telemedicine was last year’s big heartbreak. The bill passed a unanimous House and had great hearings in the Senate.... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 23, 2015 – The Return of Whooping Cough

We received a letter last week from Dr. Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH, who is our state’s Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases. He shared this bad news about the rise of pertussis,... Read More >>

Weekly Report for April 2, 2015 – Budget Battles

We have now seen two very different state budgets—the House released its proposed budget on Friday, and the Senate released theirs on Tuesday. Immediately after the documents were posted online,... Read More >>

Weekly Report for March 26, 2015 – Finally– a SGR Fix and Progress Toward Value

After years of short-term fixes, the U.S House of Representatives is scheduled to vote to repeal and replace the flawed SGR methodology in a 10-year deal – H.R. 2. (What’s... Read More >>

Weekly Report for March 12, 2015 – Remembering Dr. Stuart Farber

Remembering Dr. Stuart Farber: Guest Column by Deborah Swets, VP Membership The end of February brought the passing of a remarkable man, a giant in the health care world to... Read More >>

Weekly Report for March 5, 2015 – When Patients Become Consumers

While patients have always been the focus for direct caregivers, the health care system as a whole has not always put patients’ needs at the center. Patients felt that employers... Read More >>

Weekly Report for February 26, 2015 – Hospitals, Providers and the Reproductive Privacy Act

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against Skagit Regional Health in Mt. Vernon, alleging that the hospital is in violation of the Reproductive Privacy Act (passed... Read More >>

Weekly Report for February 19, 2015 – Why Nurses Need Flu Vaccines: Guest Message From Carol Wagner, RN

On Sunday, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat wrote about vaccines, and whether groups such as foster parents and nurses should be required to get them. Here is an excerpt: “For at least... Read More >>

Weekly Report for February 5, 2015 – A New View of Health Care

Our Board of Trustees has set for WSHA a tremendous challenge in our strategic plan: Lead the transformation of health care in collaboration with key partners to improve the health... Read More >>

Weekly Report for January 22, 2015 – Fourth Quarter on Enrollment

For anyone who watched Sunday’s Seahawks game, the message was clear and thrillingly delivered: Do. Not. Give. Up. We should all have that same sense of fourth quarter urgency when... Read More >>

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