Applications for USDA Emergency Rural Health Care Grants Program are due Oct. 12

Washington State is seeking applications from rural non-profit hospitals, clinics, PHDs, FQHCs, Federally recognized Tribes and local government entities for sub-awards ranging from $25,000 to $1 million... Read More >>

Medicaid Fee Schedule Increases Effective October 1

Effective October 1, the Washington state Health Care Authority (HCA) will increase the Medicaid professional fee schedule amounts for designated behavioral health, primary care, and pediatric critical care services. ... Read More >>

HHS Releases $25.5 Billion Provider Relief Funding, Including $8.5 Billion Rural Funding; Application Portal to Open September 29

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last Friday that they will release $25.5 billion in COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds and rural funds previously authorized by Congress. ... Read More >>

WSHA Provides Comments on CMS Outpatient and ASC Rule

WSHA has prepared draft comments it plans to submit to CMS Friday regarding the Medicare Proposed 2022 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) rule. ... Read More >>

WSHA Updates Regulatory Rules Tracker

WSHA’s Government Affairs team recently published its update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. ... Read More >>

WSHA Provides New Law Implementation Guide

To assist members with implementation of the many bills passed during the 2021 legislative session, WSHA has prepared and is maintaining a New Law Implementation Guide with links to published and upcoming bulletins, webcasts, and other materials.... Read More >>

Washington passes law establishing 9-8-8 call line for behavioral health crises and plans redesign of crisis behavioral health system

This bulletin provides hospitals information on E2SHB 1477, which will redesign Washington State’s crisis behavioral health services system and tie service delivery to 9-8-8, a universal three-digit telephone number for people to call when they or a loved one experiences a behavioral health crisis.... Read More >>

New PMP check requirement for outpatient prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances to Medicaid patients

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is requiring a new prescription monitoring program (PMP) check requirement for outpatient prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances to Apple Health patients beginning Oct. 1, 2021.... Read More >>

AWPHD offers public hospital districts bond/levy webinar

The Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts (AWPHD) is excited to offer a new opportunity for PHDs to learn more about levy/bond measures to support their districts.... Read More >>

CMS seeks feedback on rural workforce, behavioral health and social determinants of health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting three listening sessions this month.... Read More >>

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