Washington

https://access.wa.gov

 

Washington Department of Health Services: https://www.doh.wa.gov

List of Washington Hospitals: https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/wa

 

How many hospitals are there in Washington? 

There are 133 hospitals in Washington. This includes 59 government hospitals and 18 private hospitals, with over 15,000 beds. 

 

Who regulates hospitals in Washington?

The Washington Department of Health regulates health facilities in Washington. It also accepts complaints about the health facilities from dissatisfied patients and families. 

 

How Many Nursing Homes are there in Washington? 

There are over 520 certified Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes in Washington for the 15 percent of the population over 65 years old.

 

Who regulates Long-term Care (Nursing Homes) in Washington?

The Washington Department of Social and Health Services regulated nursing homes in Washington. The agency oversees other facilities including adult family homes, intermediate care facilities, and supported living. 

 

What is the Washington Department of Health Responsible for?

The Washington Department of Health works to improve the health for citizens of Washington. Programs include: breastfeeding support, supporting rural communities, and illness prevention.

 

What HIPAA law(s) must be followed in Washington? 

Both the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Washington law give rights to one’s medical record. The HIPAA Privacy Rule sets standards applying to health care providers across the US. Individuals  have the rights to see and get a copy of their medical records and have information added to their medical records to make it more accurate. They also have the rights to file a complaint with the state agency for any violations of the law. 

 

HealthCare Compliance Issues in Washington

Healthcare compliance issues in Washington include: Mandatory Reporting, Healthcare Liens, Out-of-Network Billing Laws, and Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Preventions.