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Bills Introduced to Expand Coverage and Increase Access to Telehealth

House Bill 655, NC Health Care for Working Families Act, and House Bill 721, Increase Access to Telehealth Services, were introduced last week. NCHA released statements of support for both bills. HB 655 is a common-sense option to close the coverage gap and increase affordable

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Nominations Sought for NCHA’s Top Individual Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for NCHA’s top individual awards to be presented at our Summer Membership Meeting in July. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an NCHA member institution executive and the Clinical Leadership Award is presented to a member institution clinician in a leadership

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Atrium Health to Host Free Ebola Training May 10

Atrium Health is hosting an all-day training by the National Ebola Training and Education Center on May 10 at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast in Concord. It will include lessons learned from those treating Ebola patients in 2014-2015 at US hospitals. See the attached flyer for

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Rural Counts Policy Luncheons in May

Join rural advocates from across the state to learn how you can have a direct impact on state policy this year. The NC Rural Center is hosting six Rural Counts policy luncheons across the state to share regional updates on what’s happening in the

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Gov. Cooper Announces $12 Million Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic in NC

North Carolina will receive a $12 million grant to continue its fight against the opioid epidemic, Governor Roy Cooper announced April 9. The funds will be used for prevention, access to treatment and improved linkages to care. “The opioid crisis harms families, communities and

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Opioid Public Awareness Campaign Launched in NC

A public education campaign to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic launched this month to empower North Carolinians to take action to address the epidemic in their homes and communities. The More Powerful NC campaign has a website that provides people with facts about the epidemic,

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HRSA Medication-Assisted Treatment Funding Opportunity

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be releasing a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative called RCORP-Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion (HRSA-19-102). HRSA plans to invest approximately

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FDA Requires Opioid Labeling Changes to Help Providers Safely Taper Dosing

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced changes to the prescribing information included in outpatient opioid pain medication labels to provide expanded guidance to health care professionals on how to safely decrease or discontinue these medications in patients who are physically dependent on them. The

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AHRQ Seeks Comments on Acute Pain Treatment Resource

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is accepting comments through April 25 on a draft report on treatment for acute pain. The report provides an overview of current guidelines and systematic reviews on pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for acute pain, including opioids. The resource maps the

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ASPR Seeks Input on National Disaster Pediatric Initiative

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response seeks stakeholder input through April 26 on a proposed National Disaster Pediatric Initiative to enhance the nation’s pediatric care capability during disasters. The initiative will be part of

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