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HCA gains input from stakeholders on rulemaking for Cascade Care Select plans

| Oct 7, 2021 | Washington

On Monday, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) hosted a webinar to provide information on the rulemaking process for mandatory hospital participation in Cascade Care public options plans.      Lawmakers originally established the state’s public option program in 2019. During the 2021 session, the legislature passed a bill...[ Read More ]

Experts give update on legislature-funded behavioral health services for youth in distress

| Oct 5, 2021 | Washington

At the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care meeting last week, lawmakers heard an update on partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for adolescents in the state. Dr. Alysha Thompson, clinical director and psychologist of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and...[ Read More ]

King County health care leaders voice support for new vaccine verification law in joint statement

| Sep 30, 2021 | Washington

Several leading health organizations in King County released a joint statement on Sep. 24 in support of King County’s recently-announced policy requiring COVID-19 vaccination proof or a negative test for many outdoor and indoor recreational events and establishments. Signatories of the statement include executives from organizations such as Kaiser Permanente,...[ Read More ]

Employee vaccination numbers increase ahead of Inslee’s deadline

| Sep 29, 2021 | Washington

As Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccination mandate deadline rapidly approaches for teachers, health care workers, and public sector employees, vaccination rates among the mandated employees are already nearing Inslee’s expectations for Oct. 18.      A report released by the Office of Financial Management on Monday showed that just over 68%...[ Read More ]

SB 967 to improve maternal health care and help reduce health disparities for women of color

| Sep 29, 2021

On Sep. 17, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the passage of Senate Bill 967 after the General Assembly approved the correction of a technical error in the legislation. The bill aims to further the state’s efforts in reducing health disparities and improving maternal health outcomes for women of color.    ...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: HMA’s Dr. Marc Avery discusses integrated care

| Sep 28, 2021 | Washington

In this edition of “What They’re Watching”, Marc Avery, MD, principal at Health Management Associates (HMA), discusses what integrated care means to him and how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought this care approach to the forefront.     According to Avery, integrated care is a series of system transformation efforts...[ Read More ]

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