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2SSB 5377 Concerning increasing affordability of standardized plans on the individual market (public option)

WSHA continues to have concerns with 2SSB 5377, which aims to make numerous changes to the public option health plans, which are offered on the Washington health benefit exchange. In the original bill, there were numerous issues that were concerning to hospitals. Those included mandating hospital participation in a public option health plan if it... Read More >>

Liability protection bill passes the Senate

We are pleased to report that SSB 5271, which provides liability protections for providers responding to COVID-19, has passed the Senate... Read More >>

First cutoff of legislative session

Monday, Feb. 15 marked the first cutoff of session, when a policy bill must have passed through its committee of origin (except for fiscal committees) to still be considered alive.... Read More >>

First cutoff of session: Good news and some disappointments

We are pleased to report that many important bills are still alive and many harmful bills are no longer moving forward.... Read More >>

Buprenorphine waiver training Feb. 27

CHOICE Regional Health Network will host a free virtual medication assisted treatment waiver training from 9a.m.-1p.m. Feb. 27, 2021.... Read More >>

Provider and facility liability protections and regulation of acute care hospitals

The first cutoff of session is coming Feb. 15, when most bills must pass out of their chamber of origin.... Read More >>

Hospital staffing law goes into effect for CAHs and select rural hospitals July 1, 2021

The Health Care Employees – Meal and Rest Breaks and Mandatory Overtime Act of 2019 (HB 1155) requires uninterrupted breaks for nurses and certain technologists and technicians and makes changes to mandatory overtime and mandatory on-call laws.  ... Read More >>

Financial transparency, public option, companion bill for audio-only telemedicine

Bringing you the latest information from the state legislative session... Read More >>

Joining the Nurse Licensure Compact would enable hospitals to add needed nurses quickly to staff beds to better serve patients

Washington state has an opportunity in 2021 to join the Nurse Licensure Compact, which is a 34-state partnership that allows nurses to practice across state lines... Read More >>

WHS-HQS offers “mock” clinical survey inspections

Washington Hospital Services’ Health Care Quality Service (WHS-HQS) is pleased to announce that they now offer pre-survey inspections to assist hospitals in preparing for the clinical quality component of DOH surveys.... Read More >>

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