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Take the Sentinel Network’s 2022 workforce survey

The Spring 2022 Washington Health Workforce Sentinel Network survey is now open, giving you and your organization a unique opportunity to share workforce needs with policymakers, planners and educators.... Read More >>

Improving access to behavioral health care for Washington’s children and youth

Over the last decade, WSHA has strongly advocated for increased access to behavioral health care. We are especially pleased – after five years of advocacy - that Medicaid will be expanding coverage of outpatient services to children and youth. ... Read More >>

Dr. Rutherford says cost shift complicates state’s cost growth benchmark

Confluence Health CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford told the Health Care Cost Transparency Board last week that Confluence’s hospitals needed increases in its commercial rates to sustain its operations, since there are either low and no payment increases from Medicare and Medicaid.... Read More >>

HCA webinar on medication bulk purchasing and distribution program feedback

In 2021, the Washington State Legislature passed two bills regarding the production or purchasing, distribution and access of pharmaceuticals.... Read More >>

State Moves Forward on Work to Keep Health Care Spending Growth Below 3.2 Percent

Washington State’s Health Care Cost and Transparency Board, made up of state agency representatives, consumer representatives and others, continues to discuss levers and strategies the state might employ to reduce the growth in health care spending.... Read More >>

WSHA Provides New Law Implementation Guide for Members

WSHA’s New Law Implementation Guide provides links to bulletins and other resources to assist member hospitals implement recent legislation. Recent bulletins include: ... Read More >>

OIC Provides Webinars on E2SHB Balance Billing Reconciliation, Updates Notice of Consumer Rights

On March 31, 2022, Governor Inslee signed E2SHB 1688 (Chap. 263, Laws of 2022) which aligns portions of the state’s Balance Billing Protection Act to the federal No Surprises Act and adds new provisions.... Read More >>

CMS Issues No Surprises Act FAQs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released two new sets of frequently asked questions related to the federal No Surprises Act.... Read More >>

HRSA Allowing Late PRF Reporting for Period 1 Under Extenuating Circumstances – Request Deadline April 22

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced that starting the week of April 11, providers that missed Reporting Period 1 for CARES Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments due to extenuating circumstances will be able to submit their request for a late report through April 22. ... Read More >>

HCA Updates Naloxone Billing Instructions

The Health Care Authority updated its instructions and codes for hospital emergency departments and behavioral health agencies to take-home opioid reversal medication required under Senate Bill 5195. ... Read More >>

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