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OIC Releases Balance Billing Protection Act Rules, OIC Webinar Scheduled for November 13

The Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) released its CR-102 proposed rule implementing House Bill 1065, the Balance Billing Protection Act (BBPA). The proposed rule provides specifics on how OIC will implement and enforce the BBPA. WSHA will be submitting comments on the CR-102 and is pleased to see many of our previous suggestions... Read More >>

OIC Balance Billing Protection Act Webcast

The OIC will host and present a webinar regarding its implementation of the BBPA on November 13, 12:00-1:30 p.m. This is not a WSHA-hosted webcast, but WSHA will help provide an additional notice with login information once it becomes available. (Andrew Busz, andrewb@wsha.org).... Read More >>

Washington Hospitals Pledge Good Stewardship Principles for 340B Drug Payment Program

The American Hospital Association (AHA) plans to publicly release this Friday the names of more than 1300 hospitals that have signed the 340B Good Stewardship Principles, including 41 Washington hospitals. The 340B program requires drug manufacturers to sell drugs to qualifying entities at a discounted price, to help eligible hospitals expand access to lifesaving prescription... Read More >>

2019 WHPAC Campaign

Our 2019 WHPAC campaign is well underway. To date, we have passed the half-way point and have raised $200,000, toward our $370,000 goal. Thank you to the leadership teams at 21 of our hospital/health system members for already meeting their PAC goal for 2019! Support of the WHPAC is a tremendous part of our advocacy... Read More >>

WSHA Launches Hospital Job Board through HospitalCareers.org

Members of the public occasionally call WSHA asking about hospital employment. To help them, WSHA’s website now offers a hospital job board though Washington Hospital Service’s (WHS) Industry Partner, HospitalCareers.com. WHS partnered with HospitalCareers.com because their website gets over 250,000 page views per month, they amplify this by re-posting openings with over 50 other job... Read More >>

Change of process for requesting sign language interpreters for Apple Health

The Health Care Authority (HCA) has announced a change in the process for requesting sign language interpreters for Apple Health clients. ... Read More >>

WSHA Urges OIC to Monitor Health Plan Compliance with Prior Authorization Requirements

WSHA contacted the Washington State office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) about their strategy for monitoring and enforcement of requirements for transparency and accountability of health plan prior authorizations (WAC 284-43-2050 and WAC 284-43-2060). ... Read More >>

OIC Requests Stakeholder Input on Electronic Verification for Surprise Billing Law

The Balance Billing Protection Act requires health plans to provide an electronic mechanism for hospitals and health care providers to determine whether a patient's health insurance plan is subject to the requirements of the act. ... Read More >>

New Provider Billing Guides: Integrated Managed Care Expands to the Remaining Regions (Thurston- Mason, Great Rivers, and Salish)

For Medicaid enrollees, integrated managed care (IMC) coordinates physical health, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment services to help provide whole-person care under one Medicaid managed care plan. ... Read More >>

WSHA Seeking Feedback: HCA Issues Stakeholder Draft of Proposed Rural Health Clinic Rule Changes

The Health Care Authority released a stakeholder draft and WAC crosswalk of proposed changes to enrollment and payment language for rural health clinics (RHCs). ... Read More >>

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