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Tag: Nathan Schlicher

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
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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March
19th

As bills died last week, some lawmakers’ bills seemed to die more quickly

With Derek Kilmer moving to Congress, the appointment of Democrat Nathan Schlicher to the 26th district state Senate seat has consequences. One is that Schlicher must stand for re-election this fall. Another is that his bills had a fairly hard time getting passed in the Senate – as did those of Rep. Jan Angel in the House.

Angel, a Republican from Port Orchard, is expected to run this fall against Schlicher, an emergency room physician from Gig Harbor for the unexpired term. As my reporting partner Jordan Schrader reported today, both likely candidates had trouble passing bills that might

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March
11th

UPDATED House votes unanimously to pass hospital-infection reporting bill; changes are proposed in Senate

Updated to clarify the status of the House and Senate versions of the legislation.

A bill updating Washington law requiring hospitals to report infections acquired by patients during care sailed through the state House on a 98-to-0 vote Monday evening. House Bill 1471 has been criticized by Consumers Union for dropping mandatory reporting for three types of infections that were in the original 2007 law, which advocates won passage for despite hospitals’ resistance.

The House measure, which was sponsored by freshman Democratic Rep. Marcus Riccelli of Spokane, now moves to the Senate where similar legislation cleared health-care committees and

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