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No license, no ultrasound: Washington’s new law takes effect

Effective June 6, 2024, Washington state law requires that only licensed health care providers, or someone under a provider’s supervision, may perform ultrasounds or a similar medical imaging on patients.... Read More >>

WSHA Challenges New L&I Policy

On July 12, WSHA took the significant step of filing a lawsuit against the state Department of Labor and Industries over a newly issued administrative policy.... Read More >>

New Law Impacting Hospital Sexual Assault Services: Rights of sexual assault survivors and change to age of consent for sexual assault evidence kit collection

  To: Hospital Chief Nursing Officers, Emergency Department Directors, Legal Counsel Forensic Nursing Contacts, and Government Affairs Leaders Please forward to staff in charge of services for sexual assault survivors... Read More >>

Washington State Hospital Association files suit against Department of Labor and Industries to stop unauthorized penalties

On July 12, the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) filed a lawsuit challenging a newly issued administrative policy from the state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I).  ... Read More >>

Reimbursement for New Surgical Smoke Evacuation Requirement Beginning January 1, 2025

                                             Change of Law: Hospital Action Required To: Rural... Read More >>

WSIPP releases study on state staffing standards and patterns

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) recently released a report on Hospital Staffing Plans in Washington State. The report comes after the Legislature directed WSIPP to analyze staffing plans submitted to the Department of Health (DOH) from 2019 - 2023... Read More >>

Offseason outreach: Strengthening hospital-lawmaker relationships before 2025

With the Legislature out of session this summer and fall, members have a great opportunity to engage lawmakers and candidates.... Read More >>

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene hosts roundtable with CMS administrator on cutting health insurance red tape, improving care for seniors

Congresswoman Susan DelBene hosts roundtable with CMS administrator on cutting health insurance red tape and improving care for seniors.... Read More >>

New Washington State Law Relating to Provider Certification of a Serious Health Condition for Paid Family Medical Leave Benefits

New Law: Hospital Action Required To: Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers, Human Resources Leads, Legal Counsel and Government Affairs Staff Please forward to clinic managers and staff who may... Read More >>

ALERT: New hospital meal, rest break requirements, other staffing policies to take effect

The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) recently published a new administrative policy on uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for acute care hospitals. As of July 1, the new law expands application of the uninterrupted meal and rest breaks law to additional hospital employees... Read More >>

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