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CDC Issues Report on Maternal Mortality, Prevention Strategies

An estimated 31 percent of pregnancy-related deaths occur during pregnancy, 36 percent during delivery or the week after, and 33 percent one week to one year after delivery, according to a report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on 2011-2015 data

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Study: Prehospital Treatment Guidelines Double Severe Head Injury Survival

Training emergency medical services agencies to implement prehospital guidelines for traumatic brain injury doubled the survival rate for patients with severe head trauma, according to a study reported recently in JAMA Surgery. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study trained EMS agencies across Arizona to

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Study: Fewer Fatal Overdoses When Pharmacists Can Dispense Naloxone

Laws that allow pharmacists to dispense the opioid antidote naloxone without a physician’s prescription are associated with a sharp reduction in fatal opioid-related overdoses, according to a study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. States, like North Carolina, that adopted such laws saw fatal opioid overdoses

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CBO Report Looks at Policy Considerations for Single-payer Health System

Establishing a single-payer system would be a major undertaking that would involve substantial changes in the sources and extent of coverage, provider payment rates, and financing methods of health care in the United States, according to a report released last week by the Congressional Budget

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HRSA Announces Funding to Expand Rural Medication-assisted Treatment

Eligible hospitals, clinics and other organizations may apply through June 10 for up to $725,000 each to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid and other substance use disorders in high-risk rural communities, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced last week. HRSA expects to

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Data Dashboard Illustrates State, County Impacts of Excessive Alcohol Use in NC

The NC Department of Health and Human Services has an interactive online dashboard, “Alcohol & the Public’s Health in North Carolina,” which provides alcohol-related information on all 100 counties. Assembled by the Chronic Disease and Injury Section of the Division of Public Health, the dashboard

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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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Eligible Hospitals Can Apply to Participate in National Health Service Corps

Critical Access Hospitals, certain clinics and other eligible outpatient facilities that provide primary care or substance use disorder treatment to high-need urban or rural areas can apply through May 30 to become a National Health Service Corps site. NHSC-approved sites can use NHSC

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HHS, CDC Leaders Urge Measles Vaccination for Children, High-risk Adults

With 704 measles cases reported since January, the US Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials are urging vaccination for all eligible children and high-risk adults, including travelers and healthcare workers. Measles was eliminated in the

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CMS: Total Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment Down 3.7 Percent Since 2017 Peak

Nearly 72.4 million people were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program in January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported last week. That’s 3.7 percent fewer than the peak in March 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said, adding that the agency is

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