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Upcoming webinars on CMS price transparency rule

On Thursday, Oct. 1, from 4:00-5:00 p.m., WSHA will provide a webinar regarding the CMS Price Transparency Rule, which requires hospitals to post standard charge information, including negotiated rates in a machine readable format and provide information for 300 “shoppable services” in a consumer-friendly, searchable format. ... Read More >>

Webinar: Innovation in Contract Pharmacy

Click here to listen to a recording of a webinar held Sept. 8 to review the current regulatory environment of the 340B innovations available to hospitals participating in 340B program.... Read More >>

Changes to Health Care Provider Leave Under FFCRA

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about the narrowed definition of “health care provider” as it applies to the employee leave exemptions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), effective September 16, 2020, until December 31, 2020. The narrowed definition means the leave exemptions only apply to health care providers who meet specific criteria described in the revised FFCRA leave exemption regulations.... Read More >>

Revenue Department Directs Delay of Reporting and Tax Payments for Federal COVID Funding

The State Department of Revenue (DOR) has provided guidance concerning reporting and payment of taxes related to federal COVID-19 emergency relief payment. WSHA was pleased with the guidance and as we been vocal about the need for hospitals. ... Read More >>

Let’s Celebrate: CMS Withdraws MFAR Proposed Rule

Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it was withdrawing its proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR). WSHA was very pleased with this result. ... Read More >>

WSHA, AHA, 340B Advocacy Groups Urge HHS to Address Drug Manufacturer Activities

Opposition is growing to recent efforts of drug manufacturers to restrict drug discounts for 340B hospitals and access to life-saving drugs for patients. ... Read More >>

WSHA Comments on Second Balance Billing Stakeholder Draft Rule

August 31, WSHA submitted comments to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) on its second stakeholder draft rules for implementation of the Balance Billing Protection Act (BBPA). ... Read More >>

WSHA Releases Regulatory Update

WSHA Releases Regulatory Update • WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. Members will find a comprehensive view of state rulemaking activities that affect them. This month, the team is highlighting: ... Read More >>

CMS Price Transparency Rule Requires Substantial Preparation and Compliance

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information to hospitals concerning the CMS Price Transparency Rule, which requires hospitals to post on their website in a machine-readable format an expanded definition of “standard charges”, including negotiated payment rates with insurers, for all services provided by the hospital. The rule also requires hospitals provide similar price information for at least 300 “shoppable services” in a consumer-friendly, searchable format. Hospitals must comply with the new rule effective January 1, 2021.... Read More >>

OIC Proposes Hospitals Must Comply with Quick Notices to Patients for Balance Billing

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner, in its new second stakeholder draft for rulemaking on the Balance Billing Protection Act, is proposing hospitals must comply with quick notices to patients using the emergency department. ... Read More >>

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