State and Stakeholders Continue Work to Align State and Federal Balance Billing Laws

Staff from the state’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) have been conducting stakeholder calls and solicited comments to determine what changes to law or rules may be necessary to align the state’s existing Balance Billing Protection Act (BBPA) and the federal No Surprises Act (NSA). ... Read More >>

HRSA Provides Communication on Reporting of PRF Personnel Costs, New PRF Reporting Portal Website Location

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently provided communication with examples of eligible personnel costs that can be reported under the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) requirements. ... Read More >>

Health Care Authority Updates Policy and Instructions for Billing COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

The Washington Health Care Authority recently updated its policy and instructions for billing for monoclonal antibody treatment for Medicaid enrollees for COVID-19. ... Read More >>

WSHA and state agencies continue collaborating on discharge barriers

WSHA is actively working with the Department of Health, the Department of Social & Health Services, the Health Care Authority and the Office of the Governor to alleviate strain on hospitals and address barriers to discharge... Read More >>

WSHA member-only webinar on Law Enforcement Use of Force law changes

WSHA members are invited to join us for a webinar on the recent changes to the law enforcement use of force law (HB 1310). The webinar will discuss the impact of the changes, address questions and concerns, and talk next steps... Read More >>

DOH info-sheet on Secretary of Health’s mask order

The Department of Health (DOH) published a Frequently Asked Questions sheet on the Secretary of Health’s mask order.... Read More >>

Inside DC: Update on what to expect from the infrastructure plan

The Washington State Hospital Association advocates on behalf of member hospitals at the state and national level. Inside D.C. provides members with a periodic perspective on the latest developments from WSHA federal lobbyist John Flink and staffer Jacqueline Barton True.... Read More >>

WSHA & state agencies collaborate to address health care capacity

With the 5th wave of COVID-19 increasing care demands, our health care system continues to experience unprecedented times. Hospitals and health systems across the state are facing significant capacity and staffing challenges.... Read More >>

Gov. Inslee mandates vaccines for state employees, health and long-term care workers

On Monday, Gov. Inslee issued an emergency proclamation that mandates public and private health care workers, long-term care workers and certain state employees to be fully vaccinated by October 18. Exemptions are allowed for medical and religious reasons.... Read More >>

DOH calls for infection preventionist mentors for SNFs

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Healthcare Association Infections Program is planning to begin a mentoring call series for infection preventionists in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).... Read More >>

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