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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
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

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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April
1st

UPDATE – Sen. Hobbs: majority of 25 members sign letter backing “Reproductive Parity’ bill, but it appears to die in committee

Democratic Sen. Steve Hobbs told a Senate hearing this morning he has the signatures of at least 25 Senate members willing to vote in favor of a bill requiring insurers to cover abortion, if they also cover maternity. His letter is here. But it looks like having the votes for House Bill 1044 will not matter.

First, Senate Health Care Committee chair Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, abruptly adjourned this morning’s hearing just after noon – before Democratic Sen. Karen Keiser could move to bring House Bill 1044 to a committee vote. Wednesday is the deadline for the

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March
21st

UPDATE: Poll shows more voters opposed to abortion ‘parity’ act than in favor

Updated: In a warm-up to the April 1 Senate hearing on an important abortion rights bill, two anti-abortion groups released a poll Thursday showing the public is only dimly aware of the Reproductive Parity Act. And once details of the legislation are explained, a 50 percent majority is opposed.

The groups hired Elway Research for the proprietary poll. See Stuart Elway‘s results here. The survey of 412 voters during Feb. 28 to March 2 had an error margin of 5 percent. Key finding: the opposition led the proponents by a 50 percent to 42 percent margin when asked if they agreed: “All

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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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March
8th

GOP Sen. Becker plans April 1 hearing on divisive abortion-coverage mandate bill for healthcare policies

Republican state Sen. Randi Becker of Eatonville says she’s scheduled a hearing for up to two hours duration to fully air the viewpoints over a proposal to formally require health insurers to include abortion coverage if they offer maternity benefits. Religious conservatives including the Family Policy Institute of Washington have rallied against the measure, claiming it infringes on employers that have deeply held religious beliefs.

But abortion-rights supporters say Washington voters are on record in support of the rights and that health-plan purchasers should not be denied the right to coverage if an employer dislikes it. Insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler says

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