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Gallup: Adult Uninsured Rate Climbs to 13.7 Percent

The share of US adults without health insurance rose 1.5 percentage point between fourth-quarter 2017 and fourth-quarter 2018 to 13.7 percent, according to the latest data from the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index. That’s up from a low of 10.9 percent in 2016 and

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HHS Releases Emergency Response Resources for New Nerve Agents

The US Department of Health and Human Services has released medical management guidelines and other resources to help the emergency response community prepare for and respond to incidents involving fourth-generation nerve agents. The resources provide tailored guidance to various segments of the emergency response community,

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NCHF Disaster Relief Fund Begins Distributing Checks

The North Carolina Hospital Foundation (NCHF) Disaster Relief Fund began distributing checks last week 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

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Register Now for NCHA’s 2019 Winter Membership Meeting

Don’t delay! Register now for NCHA’s Winter Membership Meeting and book your hotel room by Tuesday, January 29 to receive the special NCHA rate at the Raleigh Crabtree Valley Marriott. We hope you will join us Feb. 20-21 for NCHA’s 2019 Winter Membership Meeting, “Leadership in an Era of

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NCHA Strategic Partners Workers’ Compensation Fund Update

The NCHA Strategic Partners Workers’ Compensation Fund, Inc. finished another banner year. The financial results continue to be excellent with favorable loss experience. The Fund recently paid more than $2 million in distributions, normally called dividends, based upon favorable operating results in 2017. Those distributions represent 35 percent of

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NCHA Comments on CMS Proposed Rule on Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care

NCHA submitted a comment letter on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Managed Care proposed rule. NCHA is pleased with CMS’s recognition of the critical nature of the use of pass-through payments as a mechanism

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Rule Review Process Underway for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Facilities and Services

The NC Department of Health and Human Service has initiated the review process for several rules impacting mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse facilities and services. Today’s NCHA Regulatory Report has more details. The report includes information on a proposed rule changes impacting Medicaid and

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Summary from NCHA’s Jan. 11 Lessons from Hurricane Florence

NCHA held a meeting at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington on Jan. 11 to discuss impacts and lessons learned from Hurricane Florence. Participants from CarolinaEast Health System, Carteret Health and New Hanover Regional Medical Center reported on the challenges they faced from the

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GAO Reports on Approaches, Challenges to EHR Patient Record Matching

The Government Accountability Office has released a congressionally-mandated report examining approaches and challenges to matching patients to their electronic health records, and efforts to improve patient record matching. Stakeholders interviewed for the report said more could be done to improve patient record matching, such as

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Report Shows Rising Drug Prices and Drug Shortages are Disrupting Hospitals

Continued rising drug prices, as well as shortages for many critical medications, are disrupting patient care and forcing hospitals to delay infrastructure and staffing investments and identify alternative therapies, according to a new report prepared by NORC at the University of Chicago for the American

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