Hospital Issues

Administrative Simplification - An ongoing resource of information on the projects in development with regard to simplifying hospital administrative functions. Current projects include: Simplifying the Administrative Process, Enabling Secure Information Exchange, and HIPAA transaction implementation.

Adverse Events - Washington State hospitals are dedicated to stopping adverse events. Fortunately, adverse events are very rare - fewer than 200 events occur in Washington hospitals each year out of 630,000 patient admissions. The Board of Trustees of the Washington State Hospital Association has adopted a policy to ensure that no patient (or payer) will pay for care related to an adverse event.

Disaster Readiness - Hospitals are a key component of our public health system and have a long-term commitment to disaster preparedness. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is working to strengthen the public health and health care infrastructure in Washington State to ensure hospitals are prepared to respond to any potential threats to public health.

End of Life Care - WSHA is committed to providing Washington hospitals with innovative end of life care resources. WSHA and the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts have produced a Hospital End of Life Care Guide. WSHA endorses and encourages use of the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form. Research shows use of the form increases compliance with patients’ end of life care wishes.

Financial Assistance - Washington's hospitals are committed to ensuring patients get the hospital care they need regardless of their ability to pay for that care. Providing health care to those that cannot afford to pay is part of the mission of Washington's hospitals.

Hospital Transparency - The Washington State Hospital Association and its member hospitals want to give consumers information to help them make decisions about health care. This information allows consumers to make informed decisions about where they choose to seek care. It also helps policy makers and the public measure the cost and quality of hospital care.

Nurse Sensitive Quality Indicators - The Nurse Sensitive Quality Indicators project developed from the collaborative effort by the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA), the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives (NWONE) and nursing union representatives to consider and recommend specific policy, program, or legislative changes related to nurse staffing and quality of care. All Washington hospitals have been asked to report data on five selected nurse sensitive quality indicators.

Rural Strategic Plan - The Rural Strategic Plan of Washington State was prepared by a diverse, statewide committee of representatives of organizations dedicated to improving the health of rural communities in our state. This plan provides a framework for working on the challenges of providing care in rural communities and improving community health.  The recommendations in this plan cover factors that affect rural health, models for delivery system transformation, and critical factors that will determine the success of health care system redesign efforts.

Archived Current Projects

WSHA is working on many ongoing projects. View Other Projects