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New Requirement to Respond to Record Requests from Overdose, Withdrawal, and Suicide Fatality Review Teams

This bulletin is to inform hospitals of a new requirement to respond to record requests from overdose, withdrawal, and suicide fatality review teams. Local health departments are empowered to create such review teams starting on June 9, 2022.... Read More >>

Where to find up-to-date COVID-19 Therapeutics guidance

The spectrum of medical therapies to treat COVID-19 continues to evolve and address SARS-CoV-2 variants.... Read More >>

Health Care Cost Transparency Board asks for increased hospital data

On May 18, the Health Care Cost Transparency Board (HCCTB) unanimously passed a motion authorizing the Board to seek additional data to inform its work, such as available data from Medicare hospital cost reports.... Read More >>

WSHA asks state to retain needed waivers and flexibilities

On May 26, 2022, WSHA sent a letter to the Office of the Governor and the Washington State Department of Health requesting that specific state law waivers and flexibilities be retained to ensure hospitals can continue providing necessary care in the next phases of the pandemic response.... Read More >>

COVID-19 therapeutics update: Rebound after Paxlovid, Test to Treat expansion, Paxlovid distribution in WA

On May 24, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory on COVID-19 Rebound After Paxlovid Treatment.... Read More >>

WSHA, OAHHS asks HHS for thoughtful process in ramping down COVID-19 waivers

WSHA recently sent a joint letter with the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asking for the department to take a careful and thoughtful approach in transitioning waivers and regulatory flexibilities associated with the COVID-19 public health emergency.... Read More >>

Law change: Hospitals must adopt pathogen policy for 2023

The Washington State Legislature passed an important law change for hospitals this year. HB 1739 (2022) requires hospitals to adopt a policy on the prevention and control of the transmission of pathogens of epidemiological concern by Jan. 1, 2023.... Read More >>

CDC resources on Monkeypox

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating monkeypox cases in the United States in 2022.... Read More >>

NRTRC telemedicine survey open until June 13

The Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC) is conducting a survey to understand the current state of telehealth and how best to respond to those implementing and sustaining telehealth services.... Read More >>

Free de-escalation communication training offered by DOH

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Behavioral Health Group is offering a free, virtual training on de-escalation communication.... Read More >>

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