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Category: Health Care

May
21st

Gov. Inslee rebuffs state hospitals, signs all of infection-reporting bill’s elements

Gov. Jay Inslee rejected pressure from the Washington State Hospital Association and signed a bill into law Tuesday that requires much broader reporting of patient infections that happen during care in hospitals.

House Bill 1471 aligns the state’s reporting with Obamacare by requiring public reports on a broad array of bloodstream infections occurring virtually anywhere in a hospital. As signed by Inslee, the measure also retains three key reporting provisions of the state’s landmark 2007 infections-reporting law that deal with cardiac, knee or hip surgeries.

Consumers Union had pushed to retain the three surgeries, but the

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May
19th

State hospitals asking Gov. Inslee for partial veto on hospital-infection reporting bill

 

Consumers Union and the Washington State Hospital Association are still tangling over legislation approved unanimously by the Legislature to require more reporting by hospitals when patients come down with infections during care. The state Department of Health is taking the hospitals’ side, opposing requirements to do separate reports for every knee, hip or cardiac surgery.

Otherwise the parties agree on the bill, which is broadly meant to bring the state’s reporting requirements into alignment with the demands of Obamacare.

House Bill 1471 passed the House and Senate unanimously in the way Consumers Union prefers. But both approaches sought

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May
15th

UPDATE: Gov. Inslee, 200-300 senior citizens to take a stroll around Capitol grounds at noon Thursday

UPDATE – About 200 seniors joined Gov. Inslee for the short walk today.  He also signed a proclamation for Older Americans Month.

Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to take a short walk with Washington senior citizens on the Capitol Campus on Thursday, part of the Washington Senior Lobby’s events inside the Legislative Building to mark Older Americans Month.

The noon walk from the state Capitol steps grew out of an impromptu promise Inslee made March 11 during a telephone town hall with AARP Washington members. The Democrat said at the time that walking is important to health and he suggested

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May
14th

Supreme Court hears arguments over legitimacy of $95M court award to care workers for the severely disabled

The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a class-action case brought by “live-in” home care aides against the state Department of Social and Health Services over unpaid work hours that could cost taxpayers $95 million or more, if the court upholds earlier court rulings.

TVW’s coverage of the hearing is here:

The 22,000 workers in the suit tend for disabled clients, some of them severely, and they saw their work hours cut by an average of 15 percent during 2003-07 under a “shared living” rule adopted by the state agency for Medicaid clients.

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May
1st

State hospitals asking Gov. Inslee for partial veto on hospital-infections reporting bill

Consumers Union and the Washington State Hospital Association are still tangling over legislation approved unanimously by the Legislature to require more reporting by hospitals when patients come down with infections during care. The state Department of Health is taking the hospitals’ side, opposing requirements to do separate reports for every knee, hip or cardiac surgery.

Otherwise the parties agree on the bill, which is broadly meant to bring the state’s reporting requirements into alignment with the demands of Obamacare.

House Bill 1471 passed the House and Senate unanimously in the way Consumers Union prefers. But both

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April
26th

Hospital infections bill on way to Gov. Inslee – after public reporting of cardiac, hip and knee surgeries is added

The Legislature has given final approval to a bill that requires Washington hospitals to report publicly on a broader range of bloodstream infections acquired by patients while receiving care in virtually all areas of their facilities.

The new law, which is meant to bring the state’s reporting requirements into alignment with Obamacare, expands reporting under a 2007 law to include infections acquired in a broader number of settings and in virtually all areas of a facility. It also adds reporting whether hospitals are administering antibiotics before surgery.

But the bill was amended to overcome some objections raised by

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April
16th

Democrats move to 9th order; maneuver fails as Majority Coalition leader Tom resists call to conscience

A bid by minority Democrats to seize control of the Washington state Senate ended in a fizzle late Tuesday afternoon. They got 23 votes in favor of a procedural motion, called the 9th Order, but needed 25 and the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus held strong in rejecting the move.

The move put Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom in a bind – because the procedural move was meant to spring loose two bills Tom supports but that are bottled up in committees by his own Republican chairs. One bill deals with requiring health insurers to cover abortion if they also cover

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April
16th

Could this be the day Senate Democrats’ take their stab at a procedural coup?

Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray made clear Monday that his minority caucus is looking for a way to seize control of the Senate and force votes on a pair of controversial bills blocked by the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus. The move to go to the 9th Order of Business, which lets lawmakers bring bills directly to the floor from committee with a simple majority vote, could open a Pandora’s Box for the majority and would have to occur before Wednesday’s 5 p.m. cutoff.

At issue are an abortion-insurance bill, which has support from at least 25 Senate members, and a

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