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Inside DC: Update on what to expect from the infrastructure plan

The Washington State Hospital Association advocates on behalf of member hospitals at the state and national level. Inside D.C. provides members with a periodic perspective on the latest developments from WSHA federal lobbyist John Flink and staffer Jacqueline Barton True.... Read More >>

WSHA & state agencies collaborate to address health care capacity

With the 5th wave of COVID-19 increasing care demands, our health care system continues to experience unprecedented times. Hospitals and health systems across the state are facing significant capacity and staffing challenges.... Read More >>

Gov. Inslee mandates vaccines for state employees, health and long-term care workers

On Monday, Gov. Inslee issued an emergency proclamation that mandates public and private health care workers, long-term care workers and certain state employees to be fully vaccinated by October 18. Exemptions are allowed for medical and religious reasons.... Read More >>

DOH calls for infection preventionist mentors for SNFs

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Healthcare Association Infections Program is planning to begin a mentoring call series for infection preventionists in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).... Read More >>

Livanta to Begin Medicare Claim Reviews

Livanta, a Medicare Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO), has been awarded a national contract by CMS to perform Medicare claim review audits. ... Read More >>

CMS Finalizes 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Hospital Rule

August 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its FY 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule. ... Read More >>

CMS to Hold Price Transparency Webinar

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, CMS will hold an educational webinar on price transparency and how hospitals can meet the requirements in the Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule for posting standard charge information in the comprehensive machine-readable file. ... Read More >>

WSHRC Provides Closed Captioning Training Resources

The Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) has posted training materials related to Senate Bill 5027, which requires businesses to enable closed captioning settings on televisions in public areas. ... Read More >>

Reminder: Audio-Only Telemedicine Law Effective July 25: WSHA New Law Implementation Guide Available

Beginning July 25, audio-only telemedicine became a covered and reimbursable service in Washington state.... Read More >>

Law change: New definition of “compounding” for pharmacy practice

As of July 25, 2021, a new definition of “compounding” is in effect for the practice of pharmacy due to the passage of SHB 1445 (2021)... Read More >>

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