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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 >>

HCA Publishes Audio-Only Telemedicine Billing Codes

The Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) recently published audio-only telemedicine codes in accordance with HB 1196, passed during the 2021 legislative session. ... Read More >>

HCA Publishes Moderna COVID-19 Booster Billing Codes, Revises Vaccine Clinical Policy and Fee Schedule

The Health Care Authority published new codes for Moderna COVID booster and administration, as well as announced updates to its clinical vaccine policy and fee schedule for COVID-19 services.... Read More >>

Changes to State Charity Care Law Effective July 1, 2022

The purpose of this bulletin is to alert hospitals to upcoming changes to the state charity care law, chapter 70.170 RCW. The changes to state law in Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1616 apply to care provided on or after July 1, 2022... Read More >>

WSHA members share lessons learned from projects to build empathy & enhance safety 

Creating systemic change can feel overwhelming while addressing all the responsibilities currently facing hospital leadership and staff.... Read More >>

Governor Inslee proclaims April 16 Healthcare Decisions Day

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed April 16, 2022, as Healthcare Decisions Day in Washington – a day to recognize the importance of advance care planning and encourage individuals to discuss and record choices about future health care decisions.... Read More >>

Reminder: Providers operating under the Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioner Act will soon need a Washington State license to continue practicing

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) issued an April 4, 2022, reminder for health care providers who are licensed in another state and currently practicing in Washington under the Emergency Volunteer Practitioner Act: When the emergency declaration ceases to be in effect, you will need to have a Washington state license to continue practicing in Washington.... Read More >>

HCA seeks feedback on policies for insulin and naloxone purchasing

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

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