Bree Collaborative addresses state’s opioid epidemic

The U.S. is in the grips of an opioid epidemic with an estimated 2.1 million people suffering from opioid addiction. The Bree Collaborative approved the Collaborative’s Opioid Workgroup and charter on Jan 20. The workgroup, consisting of clinicians, state employees and policy experts, will look to facilitate implementation of the State Agency Medical Directors Opioid Prescribing Guidelines. These guidelines are intended to reduce the abuse and misuse of opioids.... Read More >>

Providence Health Care chief executive 2016 chair-elect to AHA governing council

Elaine Couture, R.N., chief executive of Providence Health Care, is 2016 chair-elect of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Metropolitan Hospitals. She will assume her role in 2017. ... Read More >>

Legislative update: Supporting hospital-based clinic pharmacy licensing

WSHA testified this week in support of Senate Bill 6558, which would provide direction on how to implement current pharmacy licensing law (SB 5460), giving hospitals an efficient way to license their clinics and transfer essential medications to them. ... Read More >>

Thank you for last week: January 25-29

We are very thankful for everyone who comes to Olympia to testify! Your testimony is essential for helping legislators and the public to understand the real impact of proposed legislation. Last week, we were pleased to have testimony from Dr. Michael Schiesser from EvergreenHealth.... Read More >>

WSHA legislative testimony: February 1-5

WSHA is testifying on the following bills this week.... Read More >>

Deadline Friday for bills to pass through committees

Friday Feb. 5 is the last day to pass bills from legislative committees to the floor in the house of origin (except for House fiscal committees and the Senate Ways & Means and transportation committees). We are focused this week on making sure the bills we support make it out of committee.... Read More >>

Making law enforcement body camera footage public: Concerns with House Bill 2362

House Bill 2362 governs how the public can request footage taken by a body camera from a law enforcement officer via the Public Records Act (PRA). The bill also directs law enforcement agencies to develop polices on the use of body cameras and creates a task force to study and make recommendations on all aspects of the use of body-worn cameras for surveillance, gathering evidence, and transparency and accountability in interactions between law enforcement officials and members of the public.... Read More >>

Pharmacy licensing for hospital-based clinics: Support Senate Bill 6558

Senate Bill 6558 is a top priority for WSHA this session, and it would provide direction to the state Pharmacy Commission and Department of Health on how to implement current law (SB 5460) about pharmacy services and licensing. Although SB 5460 was enacted last year, it has not yet been implemented. This would allow hospitals an efficient way to license their clinics and transfer essential medications to them.... Read More >>

Save the Date: February 23 WSHA Hosting Webinar on New State-Sponsored Health Information Exchange

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and OneHealthPort will provide an overview of Washington Link4Health, an HCA initiative to advance the statewide electronic exchange of clinical records. HCA is working with OneHealthPort, the designated statewide health information exchange, to introduce Washington Link4Health’s first statewide service. The one‑hour webcast will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2016, noon to 1 p.m. ... Read More >>

WSHA Member Testifies Regarding Emergency Services Balance Billing

On January 20, House Bill 2447 Emergency Balance Billing was heard by the House Health Care & Wellness Committee. The bill, requested by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, is intended to protect patients from unexpected charges in cases where they receive emergency care at a hospital that is contracted with their health insurer, but not all physicians providing professional services are contracted with that plan.... Read More >>

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