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Proposed Hospital Licensing Fee Increase, DOH Webinar Scheduled for May 8, 9:00-10:00 AM

The Department of Health (DOH) is proposing increases to hospital licensing fees from the current $138 to $220 per bed for hospitals licensed under 70.41 RCW and from $85 to $135 per bed for psychiatric and chemical dependency hospitals licensed under 71.12 RCW, about a 60 percent increase.... Read More >>

WSHA Sends Information on Hospital Safety Net Assessment Calculations

The Health Care Authority (HCA) will be finalizing the Hospital Safety Net Assessment program for SFY 2020 once the 2019-2021 biennial budget is passed.... Read More >>

Slides Available From 2016 DSH Audit Webcast

The Health Care Authority is making available presentation slides from the SFY 2016 Disproportional Share Hospital (DSH) audit training webcast provided by Myers and Stauffer on April 3, 2019.... Read More >>

WSHA Receives Update on EHR Incentive Payment Audit

WSHA recently received an update from 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: Surprise amendment to nurse staffing restricts patient care

SHB 1155 passed the Senate with an amendment that would limit all nursing shifts to eight hours in a 24-hour period. It would be a strict prohibition on longer shifts, with no exceptions. We strongly oppose the amendment.... Read More >>

Tobacco 21 signed into law

Tobacco 21, legislation to restrict the sale of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to individuals age 21 and over, has been signed into law by Governor Inslee.... Read More >>

SHB 1155 passes Senate with an amendment that restricts nurses to 8-hour shifts

There is a saying about politics: “Laws are like sausages. It is best not to see them being made.” On the nurse staffing bill, SHB 1155, there is some very rancid sausage being made.... Read More >>

Proposed Hospital Licensing Fee Increase, DOH Webinar Scheduled for May 8, 9:00-10:00 AM

The Department of Health (DOH) is proposing increases to hospital licensing fees from the current $138 to $220 per bed for hospitals licensed under 70.41 RCW and from $85 to $135 per bed for psychiatric and chemical dependency hospitals licensed under 71.12 RCW, about a 60 percent increase. ... Read More >>

Upcoming webinar on changes to the medical regulations by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has adopted some big changes to their medical regulations. The changes apply to medical, gamma knife and nuclear pharmacy licensees. ... Read More >>

From Inside Olympia: Hospital uninterrupted breaks bill advances, second cutoff has passed

The legislature passed another hurdle on Wednesday, April 3 with the policy cutoff for bills in the opposite chamber. ... Read More >>

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