Department of Health provides FAQ on forensic blood draws by medical assistants

The Department of Health (DOH) medical assistant program recently posted FAQs to address questions related to medical assistants (MAs) performing forensic blood draws. This information was produced to address frequent concerns and questions raised regarding the ability of MAs to perform forensic (non-medical) blood draws at the request of law enforcement.... Read More >>

2016 WHPAC campaign update

The 2016 WHPAC campaign is underway. To date, we have raised $68,000 toward our $220,000 goal. Still early in the campaign, we have six members that have already reached their goal. ... Read More >>

Resources for addressing county population health needs

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin Health Institute updated their 2016 County Ranking report. The ability to drill down to Washington’s individual counties for health disparities, is a great tool for rural facilities to address community health needs on a more granular level. T... Read More >>

Fiscal Watch for hospitals and health systems

Every other week, WSHA reports on key issues that affect the fiscal health of hospitals. Being able to provide continuous care to our communities means providing fiscal stability in a quickly changing health care world.... Read More >>

Hospitals Receive Medicaid Quality Incentive Payments; Check that Your Managed Care Payments Are Accurate

Effective July 1, 2016, the majority of Washington hospitals paid under prospective payment system became eligible for a one-percent quality incentive increase to their Medicaid inpatient payment rates (for both inpatient APRDRG and per diem rates). This is a significant increase in the number of hospitals qualifying. ... Read More >>

WSHA Webcast Recordings Available: How MACRA Will Affect Physician Payment

WSHA hosted two webcasts on July 26 detailing how the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) passed by Congress in 2015 fundamentally changes how physicians are paid. WSHA hosted two separate webcasts, one tailored to critical access hospitals and the second to larger hospitals and health systems.... Read More >>

OIC Begins Process to More Carefully Regulate Prior Authorization Rules

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) recently released a stakeholder draft of rules pertaining to prior authorizations, the first step in the rule making process. WSHA, WSMA, and many of our members have been asking the OIC to more carefully regulate this process in order to reduce administrative overhead for providers.... Read More >>

CMS Issues Final Inpatient Payment Rule; Delays Implementation of Medicare Observation Notification Requirements

As part of its inpatient final rule released yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying the implementation of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notification requirements originally scheduled to go into effect August 6, 2016... Read More >>

State Workgroup Considers Hospital Cuts to Offset Medicaid Managed Care Rate Increases

The State’s Health Care Oversight Joint Select Committee met last Wednesday to hear an update on a study looking at ways to deliver a zero increase rate for Medicaid managed care plans in the upcoming fiscal year. Staff from the Health Care Authority recommended three areas of focus based on the recommendations from its workgroup, composed of state staff and the managed care plans.... Read More >>

The Primary and the PAC

This week, Washington State held its primary for executive, congressional, and legislative races. Our Washington Hospital Political Action Committee made major contributions to 83 candidates for elected office across the state. We are excited that the vast majority of candidates we supported did well in the primary and will be advancing to the general election in November.... Read More >>

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