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‘Public charge’ rule is bad for everyone

The Trump administration announced this week it is moving forward with a controversial rule that would potentially deny legal immigrants green cards or change their status if they receive government benefits. The rule, scheduled to take effect in October, is terrible public policy... Read More >>

Join us Oct. 8 for WSHA’s Advocacy Bootcamp

Each legislative session, WSHA calls on member hospitals and health systems to send staff to Olympia to meet with legislators or testify on legislative proposals impacting local health care. We are excited to invite member staff who want to increase their effectiveness and skills testifying before elected officials to our first-ever Advocacy Bootcamp Oct. 8... Read More >>

DOH Rural Palliative Care Initiative offers webcast on determining decisional capacity

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is offering a webcast from 12-1 p.m. Aug. 20 about how to determine a patient’s capacity to make decisions. Surrogate decision makers are needed for patients who lack capacity... Read More >>

Hospitals must report deaths with ties to maternal mortality

Recent legislation now requires birthing hospital and birth centers to report the deaths of women who are pregnant or who have been pregnant within 42 days of death to the local coroner or medical examiner’s office... Read More >>

Washington Court rules that taxes are owed on out-of-state Medicaid payments

A Washington Court of Appeals has ruled that hospitals are not entitled to deduct business and occupation (B&O) taxes from Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) payments made on behalf of out of state patients. ... Read More >>

DOH seeks hospital feedback on Behavioral Health Agencies rulemaking

The Department of Health (DOH) is seeking feedback from hospitals on its rulemaking on the Behavioral Health Agency (BHA) regulations, under Chapter 246-341 WAC, which governs the licensing and certification of inpatient mental health services.... Read More >>

Changes to Washington State gender pay equality law now in effect

A new law amending the Equal Pay and Opportunities Act imposes new restrictions on employers in an effort to reduce the gender pay gap.... Read More >>

CMS Proposed Outpatient Rule Continues to Take Aim at Hospitals

On July 29, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule.... Read More >>

CMS Finalizes IPPS Rule, Wage Index Changes

On August 2, CMS released its final Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule for 2020. ... Read More >>

OIC Releases Stakeholder Draft of Surprise Billing Law Rules

On August 2, The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) released stakeholder draft rules for HB 1065, the Balance Billing Protection Act, which recently passed during the 2019 legislative session. ... Read More >>

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