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Hospital at Home

New Law: Hospital Action Required if Participating or Planning to Participate in Program To: Chief Executive Officers, Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers, Legal, Quality and Risk, and Government Affairs... Read More >>

Abortion Medication Prescription Labeling Changes

New Law: Hospital Action Required To: Hospital COOs, CMOs, OB Administrative Leads, OB Medical Leads, Pharmacy Leaders, In-House Legal, Government Affairs leaders Please forward to applicable outpatient clinic leaders Staff... Read More >>

OIC Instructs Carriers Regarding Change Healthcare Disruptions

In response to concerns voiced by WSHA and member hospitals to state agency staff about the ongoing impacts of the Change Healthcare cyber-attack, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC)... Read More >>

Proposed Medicare Inpatient Rule Includes 2.8 Percent Rate Increase

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) April 10 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) PPS proposed rule for fiscal year (FY) 2025. WSHA... Read More >>

‘Hospital at Home’ is here to stay

One of WSHA’s greatest successes from the 2024 legislative session was achieving the enactment of HB 2295, which provides a permanent pathway for hospitals to provide acute care hospital services in a patient’s home... Read More >>

Hospital staffing committee charters due July 1; charter template available

As part of Washington State’s new hospital staffing law – Senate Bill 5236 – hospital staffing committees (HSCs) are required to draft a charter outlining procedures for electing co-chairs, member roles and responsibilities, meeting schedules, and processes by which complaints will be reviewed and resolved... Read More >>

WSHA Continues Advocacy on Optum/Change Healthcare Cyber Attack

WSHA is continuing to communicate with state agency staff about the impacts of the Change Healthcare cyber-attack and the critical needs of Washington’s hospitals and the patients we serve. While... Read More >>

Reminder: Shorter Prior Authorization Response Timelines Effective January 1, 2024

A new state law, E2SHB 1357, reduces the timeframes for state regulated carriers to respond to prior authorization requests for medical services and prescription drugs with the changes effective January... Read More >>

WSHA Updates Regulatory Rulemaking Page

WSHA’s Government Affairs team recently updated its Top Priority Rules Tracker, which shows the highest-priority ongoing state rulemaking activities impacting hospitals and health systems as part of its State Regulatory Issues webpage. Members... Read More >>

WSHA Provides New Law Implementation Guide

With conclusion of the 2024 legislative session, WSHA Government Affairs staff will provide member bulletins and implementation resources for laws passed during session. Members are encouraged to periodically check our... Read More >>

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