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HCA to distribute $100 million to address workforce challenges for Washington behavioral health treatment agencies

| Sep 23, 2022 | Washington

Washington State has committed significant resources to address the workforce challenges for behavioral health treatment agencies. The Health Care Authority (HCA) began the distribution of a $100 million workforce provider relief fund on Monday.     The funds will provide lump sum payments to eligible community behavioral health treatment providers...[ Read More ]

Experts discuss initiatives to expand behavioral health care in Washington

| Sep 22, 2022 | Washington

Prominent public officials, including President Joe Biden and Gov. Jay Inslee, have identified behavioral health care as a priority service, and some experts discussed how they’re making progress on it in Washington at the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Psychologist Dr. Noelle Turner, from...[ Read More ]

Washington health care organizations launch projects to boost residents’ health by mitigating the impacts of social determinants

| Sep 21, 2022 | Washington

Social determinants of health have a significant influence on the overall health of Washingtonians, and several health care organizations are working on projects that aim to improve the effects they can have on residents.     Alison Poulsen, Leah Becknell, Allison Krutsinger, and Robert DeGregorio discussed some of those projects...[ Read More ]

Q&A: New WSHA Director of Safety and Quality Workforce discusses Washington’s hospital workforce challenges

| Sep 20, 2022 | Washington

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) has tapped Gena Ahlawat to serve as its new Director of Safety and Quality Workforce. She will guide hospital leaders in addressing workforce capacity and safety initiatives. Her initial focus will be on implementing nurse staffing committees. Washington State hospitals are facing serious staffing...[ Read More ]

Washington lawmakers discuss health-related policy priorities for 2023 session

| Sep 19, 2022 | Washington

Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle discussed some key health-related policy priorities and issues to track during the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     The conference featured 2 policy leadership panels. Reps. Paul Harris (R-Vancouver) and Rob Chase (R-Liberty Lake) represented the Republican...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Keynote videos, Health care cost growth, Q&A w/ Jess Molberg

| Sep 15, 2022 | Washington

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference last week! It was an exciting day filled with insightful presentations and engaging conversations. In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching," we feature keynote videos from the conference, coverage...[ Read More ]