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State Law Change Strengthens Consumer Data Breach Notification Requirement, Exemption for Hospitals Complying with Federal HITECH Law

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an overview of recent changes to Washington State’s data breach notification law relevant to Washington State hospitals and health systems. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) worked closely with the state Attorney General’s Office to develop important exceptions in the new law for entities covered under federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) when they are acting in compliance with the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).... Read More >>

Correction to Hospital Safety Net Assessment Amount and Due Date

Special Fiscal Watch   Because of an error in the calculation of the assessment amounts, the Health Care Authority is reissuing the assessment invoices for the first quarter of State Fiscal Year 2016. You should have received their announcement (below) along with a corrected invoice. WSHA worked closely with HCA on this issue and agrees... Read More >>

At WSHA request, the Health Care Authority revises administrative days Policy

After discussions with WSHA, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently announced it will revise its policy on administrative days and return to the longstanding policy it used previously. This revision will ensure hospitals are paid for days where a patient has completed an inpatient stay and no longer meets inpatient criteria, but transfer... Read More >>

New Federal Law Requiring Notification to Medicare Patients Placed in Observation Status

The purpose of the bulletin is to inform hospitals about the new federal law Public Law 114-42, The NOTICE Act (H.R.876), that requires hospitals to provide oral and written notification to Medicare patients placed into observation status for longer than 24 hours. Also to let hospitals know of WSHA's plans to provide opportunities for WSHA-member hospitals to share and communicate best practices and prepare for the new law.... Read More >>

Weekly Report for August 20, 2015 – State legislature back at work?

State legislature back at work? Last week, the Washington State Supreme Court announced that the Washington State Legislature is out of compliance with its McCleary decision on adequate funding for K-12 education. As a signal of its frustration, the Supreme Court imposed $100,000 a day in fines, which would go into a dedicated education account. While... Read More >>

Hospital Safety Net Assessment: Your Action Is Needed

On Monday, April 20, WSHA testified at the House Appropriations Committee about the Senate version of the Hospital Safety Net Assessment bill, SSB 6045. We very much appreciate the expert testimony from our members, who were instrumental in helping the committee understand the negative impact of the Senate’s bill: Sarah Patterson, Executive Vice President and... Read More >>

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