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Insurance Commissioner to Begin Rulemaking on Prior Authorizations

Many of our members have expressed frustration with the increasing burden of expanding health plan requirements on prior authorizations. WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association have been in discussions with the health plans directly as well as with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC). ... Read More >>

HCA provides webinar for potentially preventable readmissions April 28: Registration required

On April 28 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., the Health Care Authority will be hosting a webinar to provide hospital staff an overview of the state’s Medicaid readmissions policy and an explanation of the quarterly hospital reports HCA sent each facility as part of its program on potentially preventable readmissions.... Read More >>

Medicaid DSH audit underway, webcast slides available

o prepare hospital staff for the SFY 2013 Disproportional Share Hospital (DSH) audit, the state’s consultant, Myers and Stauffer conducted a provider training webinar on April 7, which included a brief recap of the DSH rule and detailed overview of survey process. ... Read More >>

SunRx Offers Complimentary Prescription Savings Program

Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner SUNRx is introducing a new prescription discount program aimed at helping all patients access discounted medications at any pharmacy. Patients can benefit from the savings of this program regardless of if they are insured, uninsured or underinsured, and they are not required to participate in SunRx’s 340B program. ... Read More >>

Nominations open for Cancer Research Endowment Authority Board – hospital seat available

Board nominations are now open for the state’s new Cancer Research Endowment Authority Board established by the Washington State Legislature. The board will oversee and guide the cancer research endowment (CARE) fund – including the solicitation, selection and awarding of grants.... Read More >>

Thanks Sen. Parlette for many years of service

Sen. Linda Evans Parlette announced on Monday, April 11 that she intends to bring her legislative career to a close after 20 years of service to the 12th Legislative District. Sen. Parlette has a rich history of service in Washington State and was a huge champion for rural health, public hospital districts, expanding mental health services and improving the practice of pharmacy... Read More >>

Charting the Future of Telemedicine

During the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions, one of WSHA’s top priorities was advancing a public policy framework to support the expansion of services delivered via telemedicine. We are grateful for our partnership with the Washington State Medical Association and major insurers, notably Premera and Regence, to get this done.... Read More >>

State and federal signage & communication requirements

WSHA issued a bulletin this week reminding hospitals to review and comply with state and federal requirements regarding posting signage in hospitals and providing notices to patients, staff and the community. WSHA has prepared a list of signage requirements for providers to reference.... Read More >>

WSHA comments on proposed rules for automated drug dispensing devices

The state Pharmacy Commission is in the process of updating a number of outdated rules. The current rulemaking addresses automated drug dispensing devices.... Read More >>

HCA webinar on potentially preventable readmissions April 28

Health Care Authority (HCA) will host a webinar from 10-11:30am April 28 to provide hospital staff an overview of the state’s Medicaid readmissions policy and an explanation of the quarterly hospital reports HCA sent each facility as part of its program on potentially preventable readmissions. ... Read More >>

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