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WSHA Updates Regulatory Rules Tracker

WSHA’s Government Affairs team recently published its update to its State Regulatory Issues webpage. ... Read More >>

WSHA Provides New Law Implementation Guide

To assist members with implementation of the many bills passed during the 2021 legislative session, WSHA has prepared and is maintaining a New Law Implementation Guide with links to published and upcoming bulletins, webcasts, and other materials.... Read More >>

Washington passes law establishing 9-8-8 call line for behavioral health crises and plans redesign of crisis behavioral health system

This bulletin provides hospitals information on E2SHB 1477, which will redesign Washington State’s crisis behavioral health services system and tie service delivery to 9-8-8, a universal three-digit telephone number for people to call when they or a loved one experiences a behavioral health crisis.... Read More >>

New PMP check requirement for outpatient prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances to Medicaid patients

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is requiring a new prescription monitoring program (PMP) check requirement for outpatient prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances to Apple Health patients beginning Oct. 1, 2021.... Read More >>

AWPHD offers public hospital districts bond/levy webinar

The Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts (AWPHD) is excited to offer a new opportunity for PHDs to learn more about levy/bond measures to support their districts.... Read More >>

CMS seeks feedback on rural workforce, behavioral health and social determinants of health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting three listening sessions this month.... Read More >>

Recommended Resources – Washington Nurse Licensure Process

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide resources and information to hospitals and health care systems about the licensure process for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). ... Read More >>

Exchange update on the Special Enrollment Period

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange opened a Special Enrollment Period in February 2021 in response to COVID-19, allowing Washingtonians to apply for health insurance coverage or compare and upgrade existing coverage.... Read More >>

New PMP Check Requirement for Outpatient Prescribing and Dispensing of Controlled Substances to Medicaid Patients Effective October 1, 2021

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform hospitals about the new prescription monitoring program (PMP) check requirement for outpatient prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances to Apple Health patients that takes effect October 1, 2021. ... Read More >>

Federal Agencies Delay Certain Provisions of Transparency Law, No Surprises Act

The Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury Departments released guidance on August 20 delaying the provision of the federal transparency law that requires health plans to disclose their negotiated provider payment rates from its original January 1, 2022 date until July 1, 2022. ... Read More >>

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