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Washington hospitals encouraged to prepare for end of federal Covid-19 public health emergency on May 11, 2023

The Biden Administration announced the federal public health emergency (PHE) for Covid-19 will end on May 11, 2023. While Washington State’s Covid-19 emergency ended in October 2022, some hospitals have continued to rely upon the federal law waivers and flexibilities for hospital operations. Hospitals are encouraged to review their current operations and activities and plan now for the May transition.... Read More >>

Washington Hospitals Encouraged to Prepare for End of Federal Covid-19 Public Health Emergency on May 11, 2023.

The Biden Administration announced the federal public health emergency (PHE) for Covid-19 will end on May 11, 2023.... Read More >>

Protect Patient Safety & Access bills begin to receive hearings

As you are likely aware, hospital staffing is at the forefront of our work in Olympia this legislative session.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Protect Patient Safety & Access bills begin to receive hearings

We are pleased to report that many of WSHA’s proactive Protect Patient Safety & Access bills have been introduced, and two are receiving hearings this week... Read More >>

Waiver Removed for Buprenorphine Prescribing

Change of Law: Hospital Action Required   To:                                   Chief Executive Officers, Chief Medical Officers,... Read More >>

Staffing mandates bill get first hearing; Consumer health data, insurer contracting bills to receive hearings

Thank you to everyone who testified and signed in last week to oppose SB 5236, which institutes hospital staffing mandates, including nurse and certified nurse assistant-to patient ratios by rulemaking... Read More >>

DOH Finalizes Acute Care Hospital Fine Matrix Rule

  To:                                CEOs, CFOs, CNOs, Legal, Risk, Compliance, Government Affairs Staff Staff Contact:     ... Read More >>

Staffing mandate bill introduced in Olympia

The nursing unions and their allies in the state Legislature have introduced SB 5236, which implements staffing mandates, namely nurse-to-patients ratios. The bill received its first hearing in the Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce Tuesday, Jan. 17.... Read More >>

Nurse-to-patient ratio bill gets first hearing

Entering the second week of this year’s legislative session, important bills are beginning to receive hearings... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: 2023 legislative session is now underway

The 2023 legislative session begins today. This year’s session is the first in the two-year biennium and will last for 105 days, making it a “long” session. Before they adjourn on April 23, lawmakers will need to pass the operating, capital and transportation budgets for the biennium... Read More >>

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