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CDC: Rural Patients More Likely to Receive Opioid Prescription

Patients in the most rural counties had an 87 percent greater chance of receiving an opioid prescription from their primary care provider between January 2014 and March 2017 than patients in large metropolitan areas, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control

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FDA Takes Steps to Spur OTC Versions of Naloxone

To encourage drug companies to seek approval for over-the-counter versions of naloxone, an emergency treatment for opioid overdose, the Food and Drug Administration has released model consumer-friendly labels for prospective OTC versions of the drug. FDA-approved versions of naloxone currently require a prescription,

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Study Estimates 23 Percent of Outpatient Antibiotic Prescriptions Inappropriate

An estimated 23 percent of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions filled by privately insured children and non-elderly adults in the United States in 2016 were inappropriate, according to a study published recently in BMJ. “We classified 23.2 percent of outpatient antibiotic prescription fills as inappropriate because they

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New Medicare Cards Distributed; 58 Percent of Claims Include New Identifier

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently finished mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries, which replace the Social Security-based number on their previous cards with a new Medicare beneficiary identifier, the agency recently announced. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 required the

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Report: Fully Adopting Transactions Standards Could Save $9.8 Billion a Year

The US healthcare system continues to make progress automating business transactions, but could save an additional $9.8 billion annually if providers and health plans fully adopted certain electronic transactions, according to the latest annual CAQH Index. Based on voluntary surveys of medical and dental

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Around the State

The State Attorney General Josh Stein recently announced he will allow HCA Healthcare’s purchase of Mission Health to go through without a legal challenge. Mission Health said it expects the deal will close Jan. 31 and its facilities will be part of HCA on Feb. 1.

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North Carolina General Assembly Returns for 2019 Long Session

The North Carolina House and Senate held their organizational sessions this past week for the purpose of electing officers and adopting rules for each chamber. Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger were both re-elected to their respective positions. Several

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CMS: More than 8.4 Million Enrolled in 2019 Exchange Plans

More than 8.4 million people, 501,271 in North Carolina, selected or were automatically re-enrolled in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov during the 2019 open enrollment period, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Jan. 3. That’s down from 8.7 million at the same time

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HHS Webinar Jan. 29 on New Preparedness Risk Assessment Toolkit

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response will host a Jan. 29 webinar on its new toolkit to help healthcare organizations identify threats and hazards to inform preparedness activities and investments. Register for the 1 pm ET webinar

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Rural Health Policy Institute Feb. 5-7

Join NRHA and hundreds of rural health advocates from across the nation for the largest rural advocacy event in the country, NRHA’s 30th Rural Health Policy Institute, Feb. 5-7 in Washington, D.C. Rural health advocates will converge on Capitol Hill to advocate for key rural health care reforms

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