DOH to offer buprenorphine waiver trainings for opioid treatment

Completing one of the four-hour in-person courses and a four-hour online follow-up course allows physicians to prescribe buprenorphine for office-based treatment of opioid use disorder.... Read More >>

Five areas of health care that are essential to improving patient safety

A new article in British Medical Journal Quality & Safety reviews five areas of health care that are essential to improving patient safety, which the Institute For Healthcare Improvement/National Patient Safety Foundation (IHI/NPSF) and the Lucian Leape Institute (LLI) first identified in 2009.... Read More >>

Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22

Gov. Inslee has declared September 22 Falls Prevention Awareness Day, which is an opportunity to engage your organization in efforts to reduce falls that result in injuries. This is a relevant issue for Washington State, as 13 percent of residents are older than 65, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions among older adults, and the rate of death from falls among older adults has increased 25 percent in the last 18 years.... Read More >>

CMS to provide hospital-specific reports to review two disparity methods

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has notified hospitals that it will provide confidential hospital-specific reports to review two disparity methods that assess hospital performance for patients with social risk factors in Hospital 30-day, All-Cause, Risk-Standardized Readmission Rate Following Pneumonia Hospitalization.... Read More >>

Arcora Foundation selected to improve oral care for Washington Medicaid recipients

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) has selected the Arcora Foundation — the foundation of Delta Dental of Washington — as an “Apparently Successful Bidder” for the Medicaid Dental Managed Care Request for Proposal. Per the selection, the Arcora Foundation, in partnership with Delta Dental of California and Delta Dental of Washington, will work with HCA and providers across the state to improve oral health care for Medicaid recipients in Washington.... Read More >>

Quality Benchmarking System data follow-up

To ensure data integrity and help WSHA better support hospitals in their quality improvement efforts, WSHA is in the process of developing a robust data submission follow-up process. WSHA staff... Read More >>

Gauging interest in patient safety courses for potential discounts

The Washington Patient Safety Coalition is working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement-National Patient Safety Foundation and Duke Patient Safety Center to offer patient safety courses to their members. They are trying to gauge interest in offering these programs at a discount. The more who show interest, the greater the discount.... Read More >>

FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolone antibiotics

The FDA recently announced it will update labels for fluoroquinolone antibiotics to increase warnings about the risks of associated adverse mental health effects and serious blood sugar disturbances. The agency is stating that the updates aim to make the warnings more consistent across all labels for fluroquinolone that are taken orally or injected.... Read More >>

WSHA/WSMA opioid taskforce given a seat at roundtable with surgeon general

WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association’s (WSMA’s) joint opioid taskforce was granted a seat at a private meeting with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams in Seattle June 29. The meeting included just 25 individuals representing local and government agencies, with WSMA Associate Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs Jeb Shepard representing the WSHA/WSMA taskforce.... Read More >>

Waiver amendment allows WA to better serve patients with substance use disorders

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced on July 17 final federal approval of an amendment to the state’s Medicaid Transformation waiver, ensuring the state can continue treating substance use disorders in the most appropriate way.... Read More >>

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