Social impediments to health pervasive, Washington physicians say

Eighty-eight percent of physicians nationally indicate many of their patients are affected by social conditions posing a serious impediment to their health. Among Washington physicians, the number is 91 percent. This is one key finding of a survey of 8,772 physicians commissioned by The Physicians Foundation and conducted by Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search and consulting firm.... Read More >>

Class Action Capital webinar: $6 billion class action settlement refund opportunity

Washington Hospital Services industry partner Class Action Capital has informed WHS of additional class action settlement refunds for which WSHA members may be eligible. This is not participation in a lawsuit but submitting and managing a confidential claim to obtain a share of settlements that have already been approved for distribution. ... Read More >>

Recent member news: 11/29/2018

Recent member news from the November 29, 2018, Weekly Report. ... Read More >>

Membership update: 11/29/2018

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kim Witkop has been appointed Interim CEO of Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. Welcome Kim!... Read More >>

New funding opportunity for rural hospitals – Nov. 30 deadline

The Optimizing Rural Health Technical Advisory Center (ORH) is a newly created assistance opportunity from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Its goal is to partner with rural communities to identify and address health care needs and challenges.... Read More >>

The importance of advance care community planning

Why is it important for advance care planning to take place in the community as well as in hospitals and medical offices? If we truly want to realize Honoring Choices PNW’s vision that everyone will receive care that honors personal values and goals at the end of life, we must encourage everyone to first identify their personal values and goals.... Read More >>

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 >>

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