New Law Implementation Guide

When legislative session ends, implementation of the new laws begin. WSHA’s Government Affairs team is hard at work preparing resources to help hospitals understand, prepare and ultimately implement all the new laws.

On this page, you will find a list of the high priority laws passed this legislative session that WSHA is preparing resources and information on. The implementation schedule below identifies the new law, bill number, whether hospital action is required, the resource(s) WSHA is preparing, a timeline for the release of the resources, the effective date of the law, and the WSHA staff who can help address any follow up questions.

This page and the schedule below will be updated regularly, as new resources are released. For WSHA’s comprehensive list of bulletins, please visit this page.

See WSHA’s 2022 New Law Implementation Resources Schedule

Recent Publications

  • New Discharge Notification Requirements for Freestanding Psychiatric Hospitals (SHB 1860) Bulletin-Effective June 9, 2022
  • Changes to Balance Billing Protection Act (HB 1688) Bulletin – Effective March 31, 2022
  • Changes to State Charity Care Law (SHB 1616) Bulletin – Effective July 1, 2022
  • Update on Requirement for Hospitals to Contract with Public Option Plans (SB 5377) Bulletin
  • New law allowing nurses and licensed practical nurses to distribute opioid reversal medication in EDs (HB 1761) Bulletin – Effective March 11, 2022
  • Psychiatric Hospital Fine Matrix Rulemaking Guidance (HB 2426) Bulletin – Effective February 24, 2022
  • Workplace Citation and Notice Posting Time Period Extension (Rule) – weekly article
  • Hospital Transparency and Reporting (E2SHB 1272) Bulletin – see bulletin for effective dates
  • New Data Requirements for Revised Notifiable Conditions Regulations Bulletin – Effective January 1, 2023 (Bulletin)
  • Increasing Psychiatric Bed Capacity (SB 5236, SB 5092 and HB 1080) Bulletin
  • Naloxone (SB 5195) Bulletin – effective January 1, 2022
  • 988 Line (HB 1477) – Bulletin – effective July 16, 2022
  • Recommended Resources – Washington Nurse Licensure Process – Bulletin
  • Respiratory Care Practitioners – Scope of Practice (HB 1383) weekly article – effective July 1, 2022
  • Long Term Care Trust Act (HB 1087, passed in 2019 and HB 1323, passed in 2021) – Bulletin – Effective January 1, 2022
  • Changes to Washington’s Involuntary Treatment Laws that Impact Hospitals, (SSB 5073 & SHB 1314) – Bulletin – in effect now
  • New Health Care Worker Protections During a Declared State of Emergency (ESSB 5190 & ESSB 5115) – Bulletin and weekly article – in effect now
  • B&O Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Emergency Grants (SHB 1095) – Fiscal Watch Article – in effect now
  • Clean Buildings (HB 1257) – Bulletin – effective June 1, 2026

Upcoming Publications

This Government Affairs teams will issue bulletins on the following new laws:

  • Use of Force ( HB 1735)
  • Overdose & fatality reviews (HB 1074)
  • Cardiac and Stroke Emergency Response System (SB 5821)
  • Midwifery (SB 5765)
  • Informed consent for homeless youth (SB 5883)
  • MRSA/Pathogens of Epidemiological Concern (HB 1739)
  • Doula Certification (HB 1881)
  • Guardianship/supported decision-making (SB 6287)
  • Certificate of Stillbirth (HB 1031)
  • Supporting Victims of Nonfatal Strangulation (SB 5183)

2021 New Law Implementation Resources

  • OIC Audio-Only Telemedicine Rules (HB 1196) Bulletin – Effective December 22, 2021
  • Health Equity Highlights from the 2021 Legislative Session (HB 5068) – weekly article
  • Behavioral Health Ombud (HB 1086) Bulletin – Effective July 25, 2021
  • New PMP Check Requirement for Outpatient Prescribing and Dispensing of Controlled Substances to Medicaid Patients – Bulletin – Effective October 1, 2021
  • Pharmacy Compounding and Drug Take Back Program (HB 1161, HB 1445) – weekly article – July 25, 2021
  • Miscarriage Management (SB 5140) – Bulletin – effective July 25, 2021
  • Blood Donation Eligibility (SB 5179) – weekly article – effective July 25, 2021
  • Audio-Only and Other Telemedicine Changes (HB 1196, HB 1378, SB 5325, SB 5423) – Bulletin – effective July 25, 2021
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave (SB 5097, HB 1073, HB 1087) – Bulletin– see bulletin for effective dates
  • Supporting Victims of Sexual Assault (HB 1109) – Bulletin – effective April 26, 2021
  • DOH Oversight of Acute Care Hospitals (HB 1148) – Bulletin – effective July 25, 2021
  • Concerning closed captioning on televisions in places of public accommodation (SB 5027) – Bulletin – effective July 25, 2021
  • Public Option (SB 5377) – Bulletin – Section 5 effective July 25, 2021
  • Physician Assistant Practice Act (HB 2378 (2020) Rule) – Practice Agreements) – weekly article – effective July 1, 2021
  • Changes to State Law on Mental Health Advance Directives (ESSB 5370) – Bulletin – effective July 25, 2021

2020 New Law Implementation Resources

2019 New Law Implementation Resources


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