WSHIMA Attends Hill Day In Washington D.C.
On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, President-Elect Sally Beahan, Advocacy Committee Chair Sheila Green-Shook, and WSHIMA Executive Director Jill Burrington-Brown met with three Washington State legislative offices in our nation’s Capital. The two topics of discussion were the importance of “NO MORE DELAY” on ICD 10 and the important topic of Patient Matching for the success of interoperability.
The group was fortunate to meet with Casey Katims, Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Suzan DelBene of the 1st District, Colin Goldfinch, Health Policy Advisor for the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (Senator Patty Murray’s Committee) and Nico Janssen, Legislative Assistant for Senator Maria Cantwell. All three visits were positive and all of the offices were knowledgeable regarding both ICD 10 and Patient Matching/Interoperability. In fact, Katims was interested in visiting both Evergreen Health and the University of Washington when he is next in Washington State.
It was a spontaneous visit to Senator Cantwell’s office. The group did not have an appointment, but stopped in to leave information and were very happy to have an opportunity to meet with Janssen of Cantwell’s office. The Senator surprised the group with a quick appearance and a photo.
The group furthered the relationships we are trying to build with our Congressional Representatives for the long-term goal of being a trusted resource. WSHIMA hopes to continue to meet with as many representatives as possible to become as visible as possible.
In the picture (from left to right) is Sheila Green-Shook, Jill Burrington-Brown, Senator Cantwell, and Sally Beahan.
WSHIMA Members Advocate
House Bill 2074
Terri Hall, Director of HIM at MultiCare volunteered to help with Advocacy this coming year along with other WSHIMA members. These members are: Sara Thul, with Kadlec Medical Center; Sheila Green-Shook with Evergreen; and Lisa Withers with Providence.
Our first advocacy task was to review proposed legislation; House Bill 2074: Representatives Sawyer, Rodne, Jinkins, Pedersen, Kirby, Cody, Hansen and Hargrove. This bill was referred to the Committee on Health Care and Wellness. This bill proposes reducing the fees that can be charged for copies of medical records.
Terri was able to invite David Sawyer to MultiCare to show him the complexities of release of information. Terri was able to recruit Information on Demand (IOD), who MultiCare contracts with to perform their release of information, to pull together a packet of information explaining the financial impact of HB2074 on MultiCare and other healthcare providers. IOD also included in their packet, information about release of information and all of its’ nuances! Mr. Sawyer was very receptive and willing to work with WSHIMA.
Sheila Green-Shook was also able to invite the Lobbyist, Steve Duncan, to Evergreen for further discussions. Steve Duncan is the lobbyist for both IOD and Healthport. David Sawyer was not able to attend this meeting but Mr. Duncan’s information was given to Mr. Sawyer for contact purposes.
Mr. Sawyer also requested a visit to the University of Washington’s HIM Department. Terri contacted Sally Beahan, RHIA, MHA Director, Health Information Management who agreed to accommodate Mr. Sawyer’s request for a visit.
The visit to UW has not happened to date but we will keep you posted.
The WSHIMA advocacy volunteers are also working with Cassie Sauer and Mary Kay Clunies-Ross who are from the Washington State Hospital Association, helping us to better understand the legislative process in Olympia. We are planning a Hill Day in Olympia sometime during the 2014 legislative session.
House Bill 2074: A Short Description:
Amendatory Section: AN ACT Relating to fees for health records; amending RCW 70.02.010, 2 70.02.030, and 70.02.080; and adding a new section to chapter 70.023 RCW.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 70.02 RCW
22 to read as follows:
23 (1) For purposes of determining a reasonable fee:
24 (a) For the copying fee:
25 (i) For records provided in non-electronic format, the fee may not
26 exceed sixty-five cents per page for the first thirty pages and fifty
27 cents per page for all other pages; and
28 (ii) For records provided in electronic format, the fee may not
29 exceed twenty dollars.
30 (b) For the clerical fee for searching and handling records, the
31 fee may not exceed fifteen dollars.
32 (2) The amounts in subsection (1) of this section must be adjusted
33 biennially in accordance with changes in the consumer price index, all
34 consumers, for Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan statistical area as
35 determined by the secretary of health.
36 (3) In situations in which the editing of records by a health care
HB 2074 p. 8
1 provider is required by statute and is done by the provider personally,
2 the fee may be the usual and customary charge for a basic office visit.