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CEOs of Harrisburg Medical Center and Southern Illinois Healthcare expect a bright future as two facilities merge

| Sep 17, 2021

The CEOs of Harrisburg Medical Center (HMC) and Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) recently discussed the potential benefits they expect to see as a result of the merger between the two facilities. This integration is expected to happen gradually over the next two years.     This decision dates back to...[ Read More ]

Washington state legislators outline priorities for 2022 legislative session

| Sep 16, 2021 | Washington

Six Washington State lawmakers -- three Republican and three Democratic -- gathered last week to discuss pressing health care issues and policies they expect to address in the upcoming 2022 legislative session. The conversations took place during two separate panels at the 2021 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy...[ Read More ]

Q&A: OHRS crisis services manager Jessica Shook expresses concern over police engagement bill

| Sep 15, 2021 | Washington

Ever since House Bill 1310 was passed this spring, some law enforcement agencies and organizations have expressed concern over what they perceive as a lack of clarity in the bill regarding whether officers can physically intervene when a person is experiencing a behavioral health crisis. They say the vague language...[ Read More ]

Keynote: A conversation with AG Bob Ferguson

| Sep 15, 2021 | Washington

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson delivered the Morning Keynote at the 2021 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference last Thursday, where he discussed critical health care issues facing the state and what he hopes to achieve as Attorney General.     Ferguson specifically discussed his office’s involvement...[ Read More ]

HCA outlines priorities for 2022 supplemental budget request

| Sep 13, 2021 | Washington

At the 2021 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference, senior representatives from the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) gave updates on several initiatives currently being pursued at the agency. Charissa Fotinos, MD, interim medicaid director at HCA, highlighted some of the legislative priorities that will be included...[ Read More ]

Washington Department of Corrections receives failing grade for COVID-19 prison response

| Sep 9, 2021 | Washington

The Washington State Department of Corrections received a “failing” grade for its response to COVID-19, according to a new report by the Prison Policy Initiative.      The report compiled data and evaluated pandemic responses in prison systems from all 50 states, evaluating them on four categories related to the...[ Read More ]

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