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Judge: 340B Cuts Unlawful

A federal district court judge in Washington this week held that, like the 2018 cuts to the reimbursement rate to 340B hospitals, the 2019 Medicare cuts were unlawful. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Legislature reaches 2019-21 budget agreement

The Legislature has reached a budget agreement for the 2019-2021 biennium, which will allow the 2019 legislative session to conclude on time on April 28. ... Read More >>

Washington State Legislature passes SHB 1155, sends bill to governor for signature

On April 24, the Washington State House and Senate passed Substitute House Bill 1155, implementing new restrictions on hospital staffing, with most elements of the bill taking effect Jan. 1, 2020. The final bill passed after lawmakers formed a conference committee to determine the bill’s final details. SHB 1155 now awaits the governor’s signature to become law.... Read More >>

Thank you for your engagement on staffing bill

As we await final passage of the nurse/technologist staffing bill, I want to thank you for all your advocacy. We know the bill will be challenging to operationalize. However, we are in better shape than we would have been if we had not actively engaged.... Read More >>

Proposed Hospital Licensing Fee Increase, DOH Webinar Scheduled for May 8, 9:00-10:00 AM

The Department of Health (DOH) is proposing increases to hospital licensing fees from the current $138 to $220 per bed for hospitals licensed under 70.41 RCW and from $85 to $135 per bed for psychiatric and chemical dependency hospitals licensed under 71.12 RCW, about a 60 percent increase.... Read More >>

WSHA Sends Information on Hospital Safety Net Assessment Calculations

The Health Care Authority (HCA) will be finalizing the Hospital Safety Net Assessment program for SFY 2020 once the 2019-2021 biennial budget is passed.... Read More >>

Slides Available From 2016 DSH Audit Webcast

The Health Care Authority is making available presentation slides from the SFY 2016 Disproportional Share Hospital (DSH) audit training webcast provided by Myers and Stauffer on April 3, 2019.... Read More >>

WSHA Receives Update on EHR Incentive Payment Audit

WSHA recently received an update from Health Care Authority (HCA) staff regarding the status of payments following the audit of Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Surprise amendment to nurse staffing restricts patient care

SHB 1155 passed the Senate with an amendment that would limit all nursing shifts to eight hours in a 24-hour period. It would be a strict prohibition on longer shifts, with no exceptions. We strongly oppose the amendment.... Read More >>

Tobacco 21 signed into law

Tobacco 21, legislation to restrict the sale of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to individuals age 21 and over, has been signed into law by Governor Inslee.... Read More >>

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