SB 5031 & SB 5699: Balance billing

WSHA testified Monday at the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care regarding SB 5031 and SB 5699, which prohibits providers from balance billing patient for out-of-network services in certain circumstances.... Read More >>

HB 1531: Medical debt

WSHA opposes HB 1531, which places restrictions on interest for medical debt. ... Read More >>

AHA Files Brief Regarding Remedy for 340B Underpayments

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and a group of hospitals filed a brief to US District Court specifying relief for 340B program hospitals that received a thirty percent cut to Medicare payment for drugs provided under the 340B program. ... Read More >>

WSHA monitors EHR payment disputes

WSHA has been in contact with Health Care Authority (HCA) staff regarding the status of payments following the audit of Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Budget picture continues to be gloomy

While revenue collections in the state continue to be strong, it appears that policy decisions made to fund future costs in the McCleary bill in the 2017-2019 biennium have led to the inability to spend money on any additional policy items without new revenue or cuts in other programs.... Read More >>

From Inside Olympia: Hearings on public option for health care coverage, CN exemption

This week, the House Health Care & Wellness Committee held a hearing on HB 1523, which would offer Washingtonians the option to purchase lower-costing health insurance coverage on the Health Benefit Exchange (the individual market). ... Read More >>

WSHA meets with HHS and CMS leadership

This past week WSHA was able to meet with leadership from both HHS and CMS and advocate on issues important to our rural members. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Public option for health care coverage, CN exemption for psychiatric beds & more

Highlights this week include bills on a public option for health care coverage, Certificate of Need for psychiatric beds and noncompete agreements. ... Read More >>

Legislative session already moving fast with nurse staffing hearings

It’s just the second week of the state legislative session, but we have already had hearings on a key issue for health care leaders: nurse staffing. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Nurse staffing to get hearings this week

The legislature is off and running in its second week. Several bills of interest for hospitals and health systems have hearings in their respective committees. SB 5190/HB 1155: Uninterrupted nurse meal and rest breaks SB 5190 and HB 1155, promoted by the nursing unions, would require hospitals to provide completely uninterrupted meal and rest breaks... Read More >>

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