Archive of: Health Care

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State awarded $1 million to increase transparency of health insurance rates

Washington has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to improve its review of health insurance rates and to increase transparency for the public.

The grant award--provided under the Affordable Care Act--must be used by states to improve the oversight of health insurance rates, take action against unreasonable rates and ensure that consumers receive value for their premium dollars.

August 2010

State takes action against health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications or registrations of several South Sound health care providers.

August 2010

Women's Funding Alliance awards $357,500 in grants

Women's Funding Alliance has awarded $357,500 to 21 Washington organizations focused on providing political, economic and social opportunities for women and girls.

The grants, ranging from $2,000 to $25,000, bring the total community contribution of WFA to more than $5.5 million since the foundation's inception.

August 2010

People on the Move

Joel Shabel has joined GVA Kidder Mathews' Tacoma brokerage division as an associate vice president. He previously worked for Colliers International, where he completed more than $40 million in commercial real estate transactions. Shabel specializes in office properties.

Shannon King-Wilson has joined John L. Scott Graham as managing broker. She has many years of business and real estate experience.

August 2010

Adverse events, medical errors now available online

Information about adverse events and medical errors in Washington hospitals and facilities is now available online.

Under state law, hospitals and medical facilities are required to report 28 types of errors that are considered "serious reportable events" by the National Quality Forum.

August 2010

UW Tacoma opening Student Health Services facility

For the first time, when University of Washington Tacoma students get a sore throat, discover a weird rash, have questions about living with diabetes or sprain an ankle getting off the bus, they have a place on campus to go for help.
On Aug. 16, in partnership with Franciscan Medical Group, UW Tacoma is opening Student Health Services, a facility supported entirely by student fees. It will be staffed with an advanced registered nurse practitioner and a licensed practical nurse.

August 2010

Tacoma/Valley Radiation Oncology Centers recognized for 'excellence'

Tacoma/Valley Radiation Oncology Centers has been designated a Center of Excellence in accelerated partial breast irradiation for offering therapy with SAVITM breast brachytherapy.

SAVI is a new kind of radiation therapy which allows more women with early stage breast cancer to choose a faster course of radiation following lumpectomy surgery.

August 2010

New high risk pool begins enrollment today

Washington residents who've been uninsured for at least six months and who have a pre-existing medical condition now can apply for coverage under the new, federally funded Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan.

The plan is being run by the state's current high risk pool, the Washington State Health Insurance Pool, and is being funded by a $102 million grant from the federal government until 2014.

August 2010

Around the Sound

HomeStreet Bank is hosting the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce's Morning MIXXer from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at 702 Lilly Road SE, Olympia. No registration is required. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for general admission. Call (360) 357-3362 for more information.

The Lacey Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly forum luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 4 at Saint Martin's Worthington Center. The cost is $18 for members and $25 for guests. RSVP to or call (360) 491-4141.

July 2010

People on the Move

Ariel Zimmer has been promoted to licensed agent and new business development manager at the Lauren Greenland Agency of American Family Insurance.
DeLisa Smith has joined Capital Medical Center as director of emergency services. She previously was emergency room director at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Pismo Beach, Calif. Smith received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

July 2010
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