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5 Things Washington: Telehealth rulemaking, Topical Agenda, Recovery Café

| Jul 15, 2021 | Washington

It's a big week here at State of Reform as we just released our Topical Agenda for the 2021 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference (more on that below). Be sure to check out the list of topics that we've lined up on the agenda this year! This edition of...[ Read More ]

Federal judge sends Washington’s below-cost Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement plan back to CMS

| Jul 14, 2021 | Washington

The Washington State Pharmacy Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the National Community Pharmacists Association are pleased that the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has approved a motion filed last week by the U.S. Department of Justice seeking to remand back to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services an unlawful,...[ Read More ]

Topical Agenda for the 2021 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference now available!

Kaylor Erickson | Jul 13, 2021 | Washington

The Topical Agenda for our 2021 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference on September 9th is now live!     State of Reform pulls together practitioners, thought leaders, and policy makers — each working to improve our health care system in their own way — into a unified...[ Read More ]

Washington stakeholders discuss audio-only telemedicine rules

| Jul 12, 2021 | Washington

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) held a stakeholder meeting on new rules requiring health plans to reimburse for audio-only telemedicine services on July 12.  Stakeholders voiced concerns over language in ESHB 1196 -- particularly relating to what they felt could be restrictions on where services could...[ Read More ]

4 Washington counties among top 15 with highest primary care worker shortages

| Jul 9, 2021 | Washington

According to a 2021 Nursing Education study, 4 counties in Washington are among the top 15 counties in the nation with the highest primary care worker shortages.  Mason, South Thurston, Kitsap, and Spokane Counties all find themselves on the list, with each county in need of 13 or more full-time...[ Read More ]

Medicaid reimbursement rates in rural Washington are reaching a breaking point

| Jul 8, 2021 | Washington

In Washington State, Medicaid reimbursement rates don’t come close to covering the cost of care. This forces health systems to push more and more costs into the commercial market to make up for the low Medicaid reimbursements, says Confluence Health CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford.  Rutherford says the issue is particularly...[ Read More ]

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