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WSHA’s Policy and Budget Priorities for 2017 Legislative Session

WSHA is expecting this to be a very challenging legislative session given the state’s budget situation and K-12 education obligations.... Read More >>

Office of the Insurance Commissioner Issues Another Draft of Balance Billing Legislation

The Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) recently issued a new draft of what we anticipate will become a bill to restrict balance billing.... Read More >>

Kicking off the legislative session

Next Tuesday at noon we will host our annual legislative kickoff webcast. This is a great opportunity to close the office door, have a sandwich and get your questions about the session answered. Not all questions — we don’t have a crystal ball — but we will talk about the political dynamics, our top priorities and how WSHA members can help tell the story.... Read More >>

Labor and Industries revises pre-scheduled on-call policy

For several months, WSHA has been providing comments to the Department of Labor and Industries on its pre-scheduled on-call administrative policy. WSHA generally supports the final version of the policy and appreciates the department accepting many of WSHA’s revisions.... Read More >>

AHA report looks at role of health system leaders in improving community health

A new AHA report examines how five diverse health systems are working with stakeholders to improve the health of the communities they serve, offering guidance for governing boards and leaders at other nonprofit health systems committed to improving community health.... Read More >>

End-of-year PAC push

We are very grateful to the many of you who have contributed to the Washington Hospital PAC. Your contributions help us be part of electing champions for hospitals and health care, and advance our advocacy agenda. We’ve got a big year ahead and your contributions really matter. Our 2016 goal is $220,000, and we are almost there with $215,000 raised. Please help us cross the finish line!... Read More >>

Join WSHA for the legislative kickoff webcast Jan. 10

It’s hard to believe, but the legislative session is right around the corner. Join us for a lunchtime virtual chat about the 2017 legislative session from 12-1 p.m. January 10.... Read More >>

Deadline Friday to sign up for health insurance starting Jan. 1

The deadline to apply for health insurance through Washington Health Benefit Exchange is Friday December 23 at 11:59 p.m. for coverage that begins January 1. Open enrollment will continue through January 31 for coverage beginning March 1. ... Read More >>

HCA to Change Medicaid Outpatient Hospital Payment April 1, 2017

On April 1, 2017, the Health Care Authority (HCA) plans to update the outpatient weights used for payment under the Enhanced Ambulatory Payment Group (EAPG) system at prospective payment hospitals. ... Read More >>

OIC Issues Proposed Rule on Prior Authorizations

Last week the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) issued a proposed rule on prior authorizations.... Read More >>

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