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FDA Updates Providers on Lymphoma Risk Associated with Breast Implants

The Food and Drug Administration recently updated health care providers about a type of lymphoma associated with breast implants and recommendations to inform patients about the risk and report, evaluate and treat the condition. Providers, patients and manufacturers have reported 457 cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell

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NCHF Disaster Relief Fund Continues Distributing Checks

The North Carolina Hospital Foundation (NCHF) Disaster Relief Fund has been distributing checks to support the North Carolina healthcare workers who suffered significant property loss to their homes during Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding. More than 160 organizations and individuals in North Carolina and

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Register for NCHA’s 2019 Winter Membership Meeting

There’s still time to register for NCHA’s 2019 Winter Membership Meeting, “Leadership in an Era of Disruption,” on Feb. 20-21 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. A highlight of our conference will be the closing speaker Seth Mattison, an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational

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Providers Still Struggling with Revenue Cycle-Related EHR Functions, Consumer Self-Pay

Providers continue to focus on technology to drive revenue cycle improvements, but remain challenged with optimizing electronic health record (EHR) functionality and addressing consumer self-pay, according to Navigant analysis of a survey by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). According to the survey of

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General Assembly Returns for 2019 Long Session

The NC General Assembly officially convened the 2019 legislative long session on Jan. 30.House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 3, “Close the Medicaid Coverage Gap,” were filed on the first day in the respective chambers by members of the Democratic Party. Both are considered “clean” expansion bills

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NC Office of Rural Health Stakeholder Meetings

The NC Office of Rural Health (ORH) is hosting several stakeholder meetings across North Carolina to gather input regarding its J-1 Visa Waiver program and NC’s Loan Repayment and Incentive Programs. The purpose of the stakeholder meetings is to share information and hear feedback regarding the current

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Regional Telehealth Summit March 1 in Asheville

The NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance (NCRHLA) is hosting a Regional Telehealth Summit March 1 in Asheville. You are invited to join NCRHLA for a day of education and collaboration around rural health issues, featuring telehealth delivery. There will also be an opportunity for you

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SAMHSA Funds State Registries for Mental Health Crisis Intervention Beds

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors are working to create a registry of crisis intervention beds for people with serious mental illness, SAMHSA announced last week. Twenty-three states, including North Carolina, have received $150,000

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Predictors of 30-Day Return Following an ED Visit for Older Adults

The January/February issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal has an article from the University of North Carolina Department of Emergency Medicine on the “Predictors of 30-Day Return Following an Emergency Department Visit for Older Adults.” Older adults who are discharged following emergency department

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Mobile App Lets Consumers Find What Original Medicare Covers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a mobile app that shows whether fee-for-service Medicare covers a specific medical item or service. The agency said consumers and others can use the “What’s Covered” app to get coverage information from the doctor’s

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