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OIC issues proposed rule implementing HB 1688 Balance Billing

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) has issued its CR-102 draft rule to implement E2SHB 1688. We are pleased to see the OIC made significant changes to... Read More >>

Second distressed hospital grant application period ends November 30

The Health Care Authority (HCA) announced it is opening the application period for the remaining $4 million of the $8 million in hospital grants for distressed hospitals authorized by the... Read More >>

COVID-19 insurer coverage requirements expire October 31

Three emergency orders issued by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler related to insurance coverage for COVID-19 services are scheduled to expire on Oct. 31. The expiration of the emergency orders may... Read More >>

ESD accepts WSHA recommendations for PHE unemployment regulations

WSHA successfully advocated for the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) to align its final regulations on health care workers’ unemployment eligibility during a declared public health emergency with the underlying law passed via SB 5190 (2021)... Read More >>

AWPHD to host 2022 Public Records Officer webinar Nov. 9

AWPHD will hosting the 2022 Public Records Officer webinar from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 9. This webinar is tailored for public records officers or other staff who contribute to public records requests at public hospital districts... Read More >>

DHS amends regulations in public charge determinations

In early September, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended its regulations to prescribe how it determines whether noncitizens are likely to become a public charge. A “public charge” is a noncitizen who has received government assistance for an extended period... Read More >>

Take the WA Health Workforce Sentinel Network fall survey by Oct. 23

The WA Health Workforce Sentinel Network fall survey is now open, providing hospitals an opportunity to share their experiences and workforce challenges from the last six months... Read More >>

HCA delays Medicaid drug payment change

Following WSHA’s and other stakeholders’ advocacy, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced it would delay implementation of a plan to remove coverage of certain prescription drugs, including HIV... Read More >>

New Apple Health policy covers postpartum days when newborn confined due to possible substance dependence

Effective October 1, 2022, HCA implemented a policy that in certain cases, will enable hospitals to receive payment for up to five days for the continued hospital stay of a... Read More >>

HHS to begin adjusting payments to 340B hospitals

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) told the United States District Court it will, within the next few weeks, pay for drugs provided to Medicare enrollees on... Read More >>

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