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Legislative cutoff has arrived – where are we now?

Committee cutoff for the 2020 Legislative Session has officially arrived. Friday, Feb. 7, marked the cutoff for bills to pass out of their policy committees of origin, while Tuesday, Feb. 11, marked the cutoff for bills to advance from fiscal committees. ... Read More >>

B&O surcharge hospital exemption achieved

Though the 2020 legislative session is about halfway through, it appears WSHA has already obtained success in its legislative priority to protect hospitals from increases to their Business and Occupation (B&O) tax rate.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Bills still alive after cutoff

The committee cutoffs have now passed, and WSHA's high-priority bills remain in good shape.... Read More >>

“Public Charge” rule takes effect Feb. 24

Last week, The U.S. Supreme Court lifted the injunction against the “public charge” rule. It will take effect on Feb. 24, 2020. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Thank you for joining us for Advocacy Days; mergers whistleblower bill, home health shortage areas to get hearings

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Advocacy Days last week! This Friday marks the cutoff for bills to pass out of their committees of origin.... Read More >>

Thank you for a great Hospital Advocacy Days!

I am thrilled to report that Hospital Advocacy Days 2020 was a tremendous success. Thank you to all the members who joined us Wednesday and Thursday to engage in advocating for important health policy change in Olympia.... Read More >>

Washington response to Coronavirus continues

We at WSHA were so impressed by the identification and handling of the first case of the Coronavirus (CoV) in the United States, which occurred in our state. Providence Regional Medical Center – Everett and the Washington State Department of Health expertly coordinated a joint-response, with the CDC also becoming involved.... Read More >>

Legislative Hearings Address Total Cost of Care and Hospital Financial Transparency

  We are in week three of the 2020 state legislative session. A main theme of this session is the cost of care and increased transparency. There are several bills under consideration that would impact a variety of players in the health care industry. Specifically, we want hospitals to know that WSHA is working on... Read More >>

WSHA Encourages Hospitals to Comment on Proposed CMS Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule

  CMS has proposed a new rule on Medicaid Fiscal Accountability that could result in Medicaid cuts in Washington to both hospitals and the state. WSHA is taking it very seriously – it threatens both the Safety Net Assessment Program as well as our state’s use of Intergovernmental Transfers.   Last week, WSHA has sent... Read More >>

WSHA Seeks Chief Financial Officer

  WSHA is looking for a Chief Financial Officer to join its Executive/Senior Leadership team in anticipation of the upcoming retirement of Tom Evert.  For more information about this newly posted opportunity, or other open WSHA positions, please go to our WSHA career center.   If you know someone who has the skills and experience... Read More >>

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