HHS Sends Warning Letters to Drug Manufacturers Regarding 340B Practices

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on Monday sent letters to six major drug manufacturers, warning them that they could face steep fines if they don't discount drug prices for pharmacies that contract with 340B providers.... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Allowing Template Billing for Mass Vaccination Administration

The Health Care Authority (HCA) announced it is now accepting template billing for administration of COVID-19 vaccines at mass vaccination sites. ... Read More >>

Lower Premiums Under the American Rescue Plan Act and Washington’s Cascade Care Bill

Under the new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Washingtonians will find that the cost of their health insurance that is purchased on the Health Benefit Exchange, is temporarily more affordable.... Read More >>

May 19: Clean Buildings info session

WSHA will host the Department of Commerce at 11 a.m., May 19, 2021 for a webinar on the Clean Buildings Standard. The webinar will cover mandatory requirements, compliance paths, customer support and the early adopter incentive program.... Read More >>

DOH extends PMP/EHR integration deadline

In a letter to health care associations, Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah announced that the deadline for hospitals to integrate their electronic health record (EHR) systems with the state prescription monitoring program (PMP) has been extended to Jan. 1, 2022.... Read More >>

DOH announces Certificate of Need documentation changes

The Department of Health (DOH) announced changes to how documents and payments must be submitted to the Certificate of Need (CN) Program.... Read More >>

Submit data to the Sentinel Network by May 9

WSHA highly encourages members to submit data to the Washington Health Workforce Sentinel Network. This data will inform the state’s post-COVID investments in health care work force developments.... Read More >>

Grant opportunity for crisis stabilization projects in rural communities

The Washington Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced that $3.5 million in grants are available for capital construction of behavioral health facilities targeting crisis stabilization needs in rural communities.... Read More >>

New Health Care Authority webpage for Family Initiated Treatment

The Health Care Authority (HCA) has published a new webpage about Family Initiated Treatment (FIT). Under Washington state law, a minor aged 13-17 has the right to consent to their own behavioral health treatment.... Read More >>

New Requirements for Critical Access Hospitals, Small Hospitals, and Sole Community Hospitals

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform critical access hospitals, small hospitals with fewer than 25 beds in operation, and sole community hospitals that Substitute House Bill 1155, legislation regarding staffing requirements enacted in 2019, is effective for your hospitals on July 1, 2021.... Read More >>

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