WSHA and AHA express concerns with proposed Medicare outpatient rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released its proposed rule for changes to the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system. The rule proposes to implement the site-neutral provisions of Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.... Read More >>

WSHA member Cordant Health creates a program to fight opioid epidemic

As the opioid epidemic continues to threaten many people’s lives, WSHA and member Cordant Health Solutions recently collaborated to introduce a new drug take-back program.... Read More >>

WSHA responds to proposed changes to CAH conditions of participation

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed rule changes to the conditions of participations (CoPs) for critical access hospitals (CAHs). The changes are designed to promote innovation, flexibility and improvement patient care among CAHs. WSHA supported the technical corrections and the inclusion of new requirements in areas, such as antibiotic stewardship.... Read More >>

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 >>

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