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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 the SGR?) This SGR fix is a terrific step forward. It solves a long-term problem in providing fair Medicare payments to physicians, without making damaging... 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 many of us. Dr. Stuart Farber was a prime instigator of palliative and patient-centered end-of-life care in the Pacific Northwest. He died on February 27... 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 and insurers were more powerful decision makers than they were, and in many cases, they were right. The Affordable Care Act was an important step... 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 by voters in 1991, now part of RCW 9.02). Read the Puget Sound Business Journal and KUOW stories. WSHA, and our partner organization the Association... 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 a decade, nurses, both locally and nationally, have been fighting attempts to force them to get the flu shot. Just last month a nurses’ association... 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 of the population of Washington, enhance the care experience, and reduce cost. As we have learned from the success in our patient safety work, the... 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 it comes to outreach and enrollment in health insurance. This year’s open enrollment period ends February 15, which is just a few weeks away. This... Read More >>

Weekly Report for January 15, 2015 – Honoring Choices

Last week, WSHA and WSMA launched the Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest website. If you missed the KPLU story, catch it here. We are working to give everyone the tools they need to think through their values and their choices, and to guide people through sharing those plans with their loved ones and health care teams. We’re... Read More >>

Weekly Report for January 8, 2015 – Hello to a new year and a new session

The holidays, sadly behind us, marked the end of a long and busy year. We at WSHA are cranking back into gear after two slow holiday weeks and are looking eagerly forward. The legislature convenes on Monday, and we have an ambitious agenda. Particular areas of focus are mental health, telemedicine and clinic fees. Our... Read More >>

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