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CMS 2019 IPPS final rule transparency requirement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced a new requirement for all hospitals regarding transparency and posting of standard charges as reflected in the chargemaster, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The requirement applies to all hospitals.... Read More >>

WSHA seeking feedback on L&I’s revised draft rules on overtime pay exemptions

WSHA is seeking feedback from hospitals about a revised proposal by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) to change its overtime exemption rules governing executive, administrative and professional (EAP) workers. ... Read More >>

Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Clinics partners with Kadlec Regional Medical Center to improve patient experience

With the assistance of Kadlec Medical Center, Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Center (OBHMC) in Ilwaco is providing patients with tele-health services to save cost and decrease barriers to care. Patients can now access tele-speech pathology, tele-swallow evaluations and tele-registered dietician services without having to leave the OBHMC campus. ... Read More >>

Site-neutral payment cuts hit our communities hard

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized a plan to cut its payment rate for office visits at off-campus, hospital-based clinics. The cuts are scheduled to phase in over the next two years, ultimately cutting the payment rate by 60 percent. We are very disappointed with this outcome.... Read More >>

CMS 2019 IPPS Final Rule Transparency Requirement

The purpose of this bulletin is to alert hospitals to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement for all hospitals regarding transparency and posting of standard charges as reflected in the chargemaster... Read More >>

Washington’s L&I releases revised draft on overtime employment rules

The purpose of this bulletin is to update members about rulemaking activity by Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) regarding overtime pay eligibility for Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) workers.... Read More >>

Stop senseless acts of violence

This week, a gunman opened fire on the campus of Mercy Hospital in Chicago. In the end, four were killed, including an ED physician, a pharmacy resident, a police officer and the shooter himself. Mass shootings in America are horrifying, and yet seem to be in the headlines almost weekly. These acts of violence can truly happen anywhere, at any time. ... Read More >>

Recent member news: 11/21/2018

Recent member news from the November 20, 2018, Weekly Report. ... Read More >>

Webinar 11/29 on permanent supportive housing as an intervention for high-cost, high-need patients

Join WSHA, Jefferson Healthcare, the Health Care Authority and the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 for a webinar on permanent supportive housing. The webinar will cover what permanent supportive housing is and the importance of permanent supportive housing for hospitals and health systems. ... Read More >>

WSHA files friend of the court brief regarding hospital behavioral health services to support members; receives favorable outcome

This past March, in an action to support its members, WSHA weighed in on a court case involving appropriate services for patients needing long term, intensive behavioral health services.... Read More >>

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