WSHA Comments on State Innovation Proposals

WSHA recently provided input regarding two state health care proposals: Cascade Care Subsidy Study. In its comments to the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (HBE), WSHA detailed the ways hospitals currently are already subsidizing low-income health care and urged the HBE to examine broader funding models that do not unduly burden hospitals. (Shirley Prasad, )... Read More >>

WSHA Releases Regulatory Update

WSHA’s Government Affairs team has published its update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. Members will find a comprehensive view of state rulemaking activities that affect them. This month, the team is highlighting: DOH Alignment with CMS 1135 Blanket Waivers and HHS Guidance on HIPAA Regulations Behavioral Health Services Administrative Requirements Pharmacy Rules Re-Write Clean Building... Read More >>

WSHA Comments on Balance Billing Protection Act Stakeholder Draft Rules

August 6, WSHA submitted comments to the state’s  stakeholder draft rule related to the Balance Billing Protection Act (BBPA). This Act passed during the 2019 legislative session and was effective January 1, 2020. In its comments, WSHA requested hospitals be given a longer time period following an emergency room visit before the hospital must notify the patient... Read More >>

Website Provides Answers to COVID-19 Payment and Coverage Questions Including Remdesivir

The Washington Healthcare Forum website continues to address provider COVID-19 billing and payment questions for commercial plans, Medicare, and Medicaid, including Medicaid managed care. At WSHA’s request, the Forum recently queried carriers regarding Remdesivir coding and payment.  The Forum expects there to be responses posted soon. The site has information posted in a Frequently Asked Questions format... Read More >>

Washington State Health Care Cost Transparency Board Formation

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospital and hospital systems about Substitute House Bill 2457, which creates the state Health Care Cost Transparency Board (“Board”). The Board’s objective is to determine the annual total health care expenditures and growth in Washington state and establish a health care cost growth benchmark (“Benchmark”). The Board will compare health care provider’s expenditures to the Benchmark and release reports that identify those that exceed the Benchmark. Due to WSHA’s advocacy, when determining the Benchmark, the Board will include and consider the cost drivers of health care. ... Read More >>

Celebrating 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

This week we are celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990.... Read More >>

New Requirements for Health Insurance Carrier Reporting of Prior Authorization Practices (ESSB 6404)

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals and health care systems about changes in law related to health plan prior authorization practice and data pursuant to Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6404. Certain health insurance carriers will be required to provide the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) information related to prior authorization requests. OIC will provide the information in a publicly available, aggregated report in January 2021. ... Read More >>

Change in HHS data reporting process

Last week, HHS changed the process and fields for collecting daily COVID-19 data from hospitals. All hospitals must use the HHS TeleTracking portal. The NHSN COVID Module has been retired. ... Read More >>

WHS announces Safety Days training

Washington Hospital Services is pleased to announce our first annual WHS’ Safety Days!... Read More >>

Bulletin: Changes to Washington State workers’ compensation laws

WSHA has released a bulletin on two important changes to workers’ compensation laws that will take effect in the coming months.... Read More >>

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