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Back east, back to school

Last week, I went “back-to-school”— to the September meeting of the American Hospital Association (AHA). John Flink, WSHA’s lobbyist, and I went to get some insight about what’s happening to hospitals and health systems at the federal level.... Read More >>

WSHA joins in filing brief in public records case

Along with the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts, health plans, the Service Employees International Union and other organizations, WSHA recently filed an amicus brief in the case Fortgang v. Woodland Park Zoological Society, as the case — being heard by the state Supreme Court — threatens to expand the state’s public records act to include private entities receiving state funding.... Read More >>

Washington hospitals expected to lose $20 million in Medicare inpatient update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its final rule for inpatient prospective payment system rates. Compared to a total of $2.12 billion in inpatient payments for 2016, Washington hospitals are estimated to receive $2.10 billion in 2017. The new rates begin with the new federal fiscal year, starting Oct. 1.... Read More >>

CMS to Finalize Medicare Observation Notification Form

WSHA is in the process of preparing materials to help member hospitals meet federal observation notification requirements.... Read More >>

WSHA Working on Post-Acute Care Discharge Issues

Many hospitals are struggling with significant numbers of patients who have completed their acute hospital stay, but for whom post-hospital placement cannot be found. This ties up acute care beds in hospitals that are already running at or near capacity. ... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Updates Payment Rules Governing FQHC and Rural Health Clinic Payment

The Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) recently released proposed changes to the payment rules governing Medicaid payment to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics. The changes are intended to accommodate a new alternative payment model (APM) which HCA plans to pilot with a group of interested clinics effective January 1, 2017. ... Read More >>

Washington Hospitals Expected to Lose $20 Million in Medicare Inpatient Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released its final rule for inpatient prospective payment system rates. Compared to a total of $2.12 billion in inpatient payments for 2016, Washington hospitals are estimated to receive $2.10 billion in 2017. ... Read More >>

Washington Poison Center announces new medical director

The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) welcomed its new medical director, Dr. Erica Liebelt, on September 1. A pediatric toxicologist, Dr. Liebelt will also serve as a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.... Read More >>

PAC Appreciation Dinner Oct. 13 as part of Annual Meeting

we are only six weeks away from our Annual PAC Appreciation Dinner and looking forward to another successful event. This year, our dinner will be on Thursday, Oct. 13 as part of WSHA’s Annual Meeting, and we are thrilled to announce that dinner will be at the Columbia Tower Club.... Read More >>

Fighting against cuts to hospital-based clinics

Access to care continues to be a paramount goal for WSHA in support of our member hospitals and health systems. When Medicare and Medicaid patients are seen at a hospital-based clinic, the clinic receives a higher payment for its services than a traditional physician’s office would. These payments are crucial, as hospital-based clinics have more regulatory requirements and see more Medicare and Medicaid patients, while many community physicians are limiting their panels.... Read More >>

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