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US House Committee releases 340B legislation ahead of July 11 hearing

The US House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee recently posted more than a dozen bills and discussion drafts related to the 340 drug savings program as it prepares to hold a July 11 hearing on improving the program. Among other changes, the bills would void recent

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CMS proposes PPS home health update for CY 2019 and a revised HH case-mix system for CY 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a proposed calendar year 2019 update to the home health prospective payment system. For home health services beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2020, this rule proposes a case-mix methodology refinement, which will eliminate the

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Mapping tool highlights socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods

A new tool supported by the National Institutes of Health uses education, housing and poverty measures to rank and map neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage. According to NIH, researchers, policymakers and health and social service personnel can use the Neighborhood Atlas to study social-biological mechanisms of

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Qualivis — The best choice for your staffing needs

Qualivis is your state hospital association’s workforce program. They were created by hospitals for hospitals, and can help you design a smart, cost-effective workforce strategy to simplify and speed the staffing process, fill gaps and build a pipeline of permanent recruits. Qualivis is the

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NC General Assembly adjourned until November; 340B hearing July 11

The NC General Assembly adjourned the 2018 short session Friday after just six weeks of deliberation. They will reconvene on Nov. 27, 2018. The purpose of that session is unknown, but the resolution states that the normal rules for bill introduction and consideration

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Proposed 2019 State Medical Facilities Plan available online

The North Carolina Proposed 2019 State Medical Facilities Plan has been posted at https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/ncsmfp/2019/proposed2019smfp.pdf. Comments on the SMFP are due July 25, 2018. The State Health Coordinating Council will hold six public hearings on the Proposed 2019 SMFP during July. The dates and locations can be found at https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/mfp/publichearing.html#smfp.

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Study looks at factors driving health care costs

Markets that are less consolidated or less aligned vertically tend to have higher costs, while markets with well-organized provider networks tend to have lower costs, according to a new study by the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Leavitt Partners and McManis Consulting of the factors influencing

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Creating age-friendly health systems

More than 46 million Americans are ages 65 and older, and that number is projected to double to more than 98 million by 2060. To ensure that older adult patients receive quality care – care that anticipates their needs and engages them and their

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Gov. Cooper Signs IVC Bill

On Friday, Governor Cooper signed into law SB 630, Revise IVC Laws to Improve Behavioral Health. The reforms in this bill were developed with the input of statewide multi-sector behavioral health workgroups convened over a two-year period by NCHA. This week, North Carolina legislators are

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American Red Cross issues clarifying statement on HIPAA regulation

NCHA supports the American Red Cross’ efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to families and individuals affected by disaster. They have recently issued a clarification regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations and the specific authority that covered entities like hospitals have in

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