OIC Proposes Hospitals Must Comply with Quick Notices to Patients for Balance Billing

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner, in its new second stakeholder draft for rulemaking on the Balance Billing Protection Act, is proposing hospitals must comply with quick notices to patients using the emergency department. ... Read More >>

Carriers Respond to Remdesivir Payment and Coverage Questions

The Washington Healthcare Forum website now contains information on carriers’ requirements for coverage and payment for Remdesivir. At WSHA’s request, the Forum recently queried carriers on their policies. ... Read More >>

CMS Clarifies COVID Test Requirements for Medicare COVID Inpatient Enhancement

For hospital inpatient admissions occurring on or after September 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has clarified that hospitals will be required to document a positive COVID-19 test in order to obtain the 20 percent add-on to regular MSDRG payment. Hospitals can include positive tests obtained during ... Read More >>

WSHA Releases Regulatory Update

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

Hospitals Contracting with DSHS Must Provide Additional Assurances

Hospitals and health systems which contract with Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for adult care, mental health, addiction, disability support or youth services are now required to assure that such services will not be disrupted or delayed by economic or industrial actions. ... Read More >>

L&I to Host Webinars on Equal Pay and Opportunities Act

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries will be hosting educational webinars on the Equal Pay and Opportunities Act. ... Read More >>

Bulletin: Labor relations for DSHS contractors

WSHA released a bulletin on new contracting requirements for hospitals and health systems that are contractors of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).... Read More >>

HCA expands Medicaid access in 2021 in three regions

Since January 2020, Medicaid (Apple Health) integrated managed care has been available statewide. ... Read More >>

Spinal muscular atrophy added to newborn screening panel

The new rule requiring newborns to be screened for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) took effect Aug. 7, 2020, adding SMA to the screening panel that all newborns are required to receive.... Read More >>

Submit your nominations for WSHA awards by Aug. 31

Each year the Washington State Hospital Association recognizes the excellent work of individuals and organizations who make health care better for the residents of our state.... Read More >>

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