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HSCC Issues Guide to Promote Cyber-Secure Medical Devices, Health IT

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) has released a consensus-based guide to developing, deploying and supporting cyber-secure medical devices and health information technology across the product lifecycle and improving information sharing between manufacturers and health care organizations. A public-private partnership

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Agency Updates Agenda for U.S. Emergency Medical Services System

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) recently released an updated agenda for the nation’s EMS system. Developed with stakeholder and public input, the EMS Agenda 2050 targets a “people-centered” EMS system that is “inherently safe and effective, integrated and

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AHRQ: Hospital Acquired-Conditions Decline by Nearly 1 Million

Hospital-acquired conditions declined by 13 percent between 2014 and 2017, preventing an estimated 20,500 deaths and $7.7 billion in healthcare costs, according to preliminary data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. HACs decreased by an estimated 910,000 over the period, including a 37

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Study: For-profit Insurers More Likely to Exercise Market Power

For-profit insurers are more likely than not-for-profit insurers to exercise market power when they have it, according to a new study by Harvard Business School professor Leemore Dafney. The author looked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates that converted to for-profit status in 11

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NCHF Disaster Relief Fund Distributes 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 Now 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. Paul Keckley, of The Keckley Report, will be presenting “Megatrends Impacting the US Healthcare Industry,” on Thursday, Feb. 21. A recent issue of

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Introducing New Partner: Navigant

NCHA Strategic Partners is pleased to announce that Navigant has joined our portfolio of value-added services. Navigant, a global professional services firm, offers comprehensive revenue cycle management (RCM) and outsourcing for all phases of the revenue cycle, including: patient access, health information management, revenue integrity, and patient financial

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Meet NCHA’s 2019 Corporate Sponsors

Thank you to the attached businesses that have joined NCHA’s Corporate Sponsorship Program as of Jan. 31, 2019. Their generous support of NCHA helps keep meeting fees and membership dues low.

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CMS Releases Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued their proposed annual Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for the 2020 benefit year. The proposed rule sets forth payment parameters and provisions related to the risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs; cost-sharing

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AHA Infographic Highlights Hospital-affiliated Medicare ACO Savings

Hospital-affiliated accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program achieved $174 million in net savings to Medicare in 2017, according to a recently released AHA infographic. Among other achievements, the 297 hospital-affiliated ACOs in the program spent about $690 million less than

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