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New law prohibits employers from making preemployment hiring decisions against an applicant due to cannabis use – Effective January 1, 2024

To: Chief Nursing Officers, Rural Hospital Chief Executive Officers, Legal Counsel, HR Leads and Government Affairs Leaders Staff Contact: Remy Kerr, MPH, Policy Director, Government Affairs remyk@wsha.org | 206-216-2514 Mary... Read More >>

DSHS begins presumptive eligibility process for long term services and supports

Starting Dec. 4, the state Department of Social and Health Services Home and Community Services Division has begun a Medcaid presumptive eligibility process for long term services and supports elgibility for patients discharging to home.... Read More >>

WSHA briefs lawmakers on top health care issues

This week, we partnered with members from across the state to host a virtual briefing for state legislators on the top issues facing hospitals and health care as we approach the 2024 legislative session.... Read More >>

Last chance to register for Hospital Advocacy Day Jan. 30, 2024

Friday, Dec. 1 is the deadline to register for WSHA’s Hospital Advocacy Day in Olympia Jan. 30, 2024.... Read More >>

Department of Health ends level I & II trauma designation rulemaking

The Department of Health (DOH) has withdrawn proposed rules to alter the state trauma designation process due to substantial opposition from interested parties during the public rulemaking process (WSR 23-22-108 and WSR 23-22-109).... Read More >>

Changes to the Washington State Death with Dignity Act

To: Chief Nursing Officer, Rural Hospital Chief Executive Officers, Legal Counsel, Human Resource Leads and Government Affairs Leaders Staff Contact:   Zosia Stanley, JD, MHA, Vice President and Associate General... Read More >>

New Law Establishes 23-hour Crisis Relief Centers

  To: Psychiatric Hospital CEOs, Behavioral Health Contacts, and Government Affairs Staff Staff Contact: Cara Helmer, JD, RN, Policy Director, Legal Affairs carah@wsha.org | 206-577-1827 Subject: New Law Establishes 23-hour... Read More >>

WSHA submits comments to CMS urging reconsideration of nursing home staffing proposal

WSHA submitted comments on a proposed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule that sets minimum staffing standards for long-term care facilities.... Read More >>

Register for Advocacy Hospital Day by Dec. 1

WSHA will return to Olympia for Hospital Advocacy Day on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024.... Read More >>

WSHA Contacts OIC Regarding Health Carrier’s Drug Benefit Change

WSHA contacted the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) regarding a change in benefits which could create unexpected out of pocket costs for patients. Regence and its affiliated health plans... Read More >>

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