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120-bed behavioral health hospital opens in Tacoma

Sara Gentzler | May 8, 2019 | Washington

Analysis shows individual market plan renewals strong

Marjie High | May 7, 2019 | California, Washington

What’s in Washington’s passed public option bill

Sara Gentzler | May 3, 2019 | Washington

Op-ed: Actionable data emphasis needed in national healthcare reform debate

| May 1, 2019 | Washington

Karen Ferguson is the Practice Administrator at Arthritis Northwest and co-founder/CEO of Discus Analytics, Inc., a healthcare company specializing in the capture, analysis, and application of actionable clinical data. Ferguson wrote the following op-ed on the national health care debate from a medical technology & rural clinical perspective Without a course...[ Read More ]

Statement from Cary Evans, CHI Franciscan, on charity care lawsuit

Emily Boerger | Apr 30, 2019 | Washington

Cary Evans, Vice President for Communications and Government Affairs at CHI Franciscan, issued the following statement in response to the recently announced resolution to Attorney General Bob Ferguson's charity care lawsuit against St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. “As a non-profit, charitable organization our mission emphasizes human dignity and social...[ Read More ]

CHI Franciscan to pay millions following AG's charity care lawsuit

Emily Boerger | Apr 30, 2019 | Washington

On Monday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a resolution requiring St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, along with seven other CHI Franciscan hospitals, to pay $2.22 million in refunds, forgive as much as $20 million in medical debt, pay the AG’s office $2.46 million, and work to repair the credit...[ Read More ]

Behavioral health highlights in Washington's recently passed Capital and Operating budgets

| Apr 29, 2019 | Washington

Quote from Sen. Dhingra: “Budgets are values statements, and the behavioral health investments made this year sends a clear and strong message to Washingtonians that lawmakers will address the behavioral health needs of people around the state. We are shifting how we talk about and treat behavioral health disorders. “We...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Sen. Randi Becker on telemedicine & mental health this session

Sara Gentzler | Apr 25, 2019 | Washington

Washington State Sen. Randi Becker represents the 2nd Legislative District, which covers parts of Thurston and Pierce Counties. Becker serves as the Senate Republican Caucus Chair and on the Senate Health & Long Term Care, Rules, and Ways & Means Committees. This session, Becker sponsored four bills related to telemedicine. Two...[ Read More ]

Playing cards, rallies, & rest breaks for hospital staff

Sara Gentzler | Apr 25, 2019 | Washington

A central narrative in Olympia this week is focused on HB 1155, a bill related to rest breaks and mandatory-overtime protections for some Washington health care employees. Last week, the Senate passed a version of the bill that included controversial amendments, with which the House refused to concur. On Wednesday, after...[ Read More ]

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