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.

See WSHA’s 2020 New Law Implementation Resources Schedule

Recent Publications

  • Addressing opioid use, including PMP/EHR integration (SB 6086SB 5380) – Bulletin – see bulletin for effective dates
  • Behavioral health budget decisions – Bulletin
  • Changes to Washington’s involuntary treatment laws:
    • Part 1: Key changes (SB 5720) – Bulletin – see bulletin for effective dates
    • Part 2: Use of video for evaluations of adults (HB 2099) – Bulletin – see bulletin for existing authority
    • Part 3: Changes to the involuntary treatment of minors (SB 5720) – Bulletin – June 11, 2020
    • Webcast: Key changes to Washington’s involuntary treatment laws – slides
  • Data breach reporting requirements (HB 1071 and SB 6187) – Bulletin – in effect now
  • Health care benefit managers (SB 5601) – bulletin – effective January 1, 2022
  • Home Health Shortage Area Designation – (SB 6359) – Bulletin – in effect June 11, 2020
  • Informed consent to pelvic exams (SB 5282) – bulletin – effective June 11, 2020
  • Modernizing HIV laws (SEHB 1551)– Bulletin – in effect now
  • Oversight of Psychiatric Hospitals (HB 2426) – Bulletin – in effect now
  • Physician Assistance Practice Act (HB 2378) – bulletin – changes effective 2021 and 2022
  • Protecting Patient Care (HB 1608) – bulletin – effective June 11, 2020
  • Sexual Assault Kits (HB 2318, SB 6158, HB 1016 (2019)) – Bulletin – see bulletin for effective dates
  • Substitute Providers (HB 1552) – Bulletin – see bulletin for effective dates
  • Telemedicine (SB 5385 and SB 6061) – Bulletin – see bulletin for effective dates

Upcoming Publications

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

  • Cost transparency board (HB 2457)
  • Labor relations for DSHS contractors (SB 6096)

2019 New Law Implementation Resources


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