WSHA Seeks Hospital Information on COVID-19 Financial Impact

WSHA is continuing its efforts to have up-to-date information on the financial impact of the COVID-19 emergency on Washington hospitals. ... Read More >>

WSHA Releases June 2020 Regulatory Update

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its June 2020 update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. ... Read More >>

L&I Releases New Overtime Pay Guidance Tool

Washington State’s new overtime pay regulations take effect July 1, 2020. The new rules establish an overtime pay threshold of 2.5 times the state’s minimum wage with a phased-in implementation until 2028. ... Read More >>

September 1 Deadline for Exemption from Medicare Interoperability Programs

The deadline for hospitals to request a hardship exemption to the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Programs is Tuesday, September 1. ... Read More >>

Website Provides Answers to COVID-19 Billing and Payment Questions

WSHA is continuing to provide Medicare updates to the Washington Healthcare Forum website which addresses provider COVID-19 billing and payment questions. ... Read More >>

WSHA Industry Partner Provides Access to Capital

CommerceHealthcare® offers Health Services Financing (HSF®) Portfolio Purchase Program to provide immediate access to capital, which may be vital for your organization during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read More >>

New telemedicine payment parity law and training requirements and temporary telemedicine changes as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

This bulletin is to inform hospitals and health systems about recent legislation enacted in the 2020 legislative session requiring telemedicine payment parity and changes to the coverage of use of store-and-forward technology in Senate Bill 5385, and new telemedicine training requirements in Senate Bill 6061. This bulletin also includes useful information and resources regarding recent temporary changes to telemedicine billing practices in Medicaid, Medicare and commercial health plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read More >>

Protecting providers ability to provide information about care and treatment options to patients

WSHA released a bulletin about a new Washington Law that establishes protections for health care providers (broadly defined) to provide patients with medically accurate and comprehensive information and counseling, including treatment alternatives and community resources, as long as the provider is acting in good faith and consistent with the provider’s training and knowledge.... Read More >>

Catch up on changes to the Involuntary Treatment Act now

In case you missed it: WSHA has released several resources related to a new omnibus bill amending Washington’s involuntary treatment laws for adults and minors that went into effect on June 11, 2020.... Read More >>

New law codifies informed consent requirements regarding pelvic exams

WSHA released a bulletin on a new Washington law regarding providers’ obligation to obtain informed consent from patients before performing pelvic exams on unconscious or anesthetized patients.... Read More >>

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