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What You Need to Know Purchasing health insurance on your own or choosing the right plan from your employer can be complicated. Regardless of whether you are young or a “senior,” married or single, have a family of five exuberant kids or three

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NCHA Comments on Proposed Change to Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

NCHA has submitted a comment letter on proposed rule changes by the US Department of Homeland Security that, if finalized, would enable the federal government to carry out provisions of U.S. immigration law related to the public charge ground of inadmissibility. This proposed

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Study: Physician Telemedicine Use Still the Exception Rather than the Rule

About 15 percent of physicians in 2016 worked in practices that used telemedicine to interact with patients, while 11 percent worked in practices that used it to interact with health care professionals, according to a survey by the American Medical Association reported in Health Affairs.

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CMS: 2019 HealthCare.gov Enrollment Approaches 3.2 Million

Almost 3.2 million people (184,891 in North Carolina) selected a 2019 health plan through HealthCare.gov between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1, including more than 773,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported recently. Three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the

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Hospitals Can Preview Star Ratings, Other Quality Data through December

Inpatient and outpatient prospective payment system hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities and PPS-exempt cancer hospitals can preview their data for the February update to Hospital Compare through Dec. 30 at the QualityNet Secure Portal. For hospitals participating in the inpatient and outpatient quality reporting programs,

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Hospitals, Others Can Apply for HRSA Rural Residency Grants

Rural hospitals and other eligible providers can apply through March 4 for a portion of $21 million in Health Resources and Services Administration grants to develop new rural residency programs or training tracks in family medicine, internal medicine and psychiatry to expand the physician workforce

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Programs to Improve Post-Discharge Care More Common in CJR Hospitals

Hospitals participating in the Medicare Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model are more likely to implement programs to improve post-discharge care and link surgeon compensation to cost and quality, according to a survey of surgeons reported online by the Journal of Arthroplasty. The survey asked

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CMS: National Health Spending Growth Slows to 3.9% in 2017

U.S. spending on health care grew 3.9 percent in 2017, down from 4.8 percent in 2016 and less than the growth in the overall economy, primarily due to slower growth in spending for hospital care, physician and clinical services, and retail prescription drugs

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OCR Issues Communications Tool for Emergency Responders in Disaster

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has issued recommendations and resources to help first responders provide language assistance to people with limited English proficiency and disabilities during disaster response and recovery. “Recent natural disasters have demonstrated the importance of

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Certification Program Prepares Construction, Facility Workers for Health Care

The American Society for Health Care Engineering recently announced a certification program to help workers in facility management and construction understand the complexities of the health care physical environment, and hospitals reduce risks associated with construction. Focused on patient safety, the Certified Health Care

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Jan. 11 Lessons from Hurricane Florence

Join NCHA on Jan. 11 for “Lessons from Hurricane Florence,” as we discuss challenges and lessons learned. The target audience for this meeting is NCHA member health system CEOs, CNOs, Emergency Management Officers, and others involved in emergency preparedness activities. There is no charge for this meeting, but

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