General Assembly is back in session; budget expected soon

NC General Assembly members returned last Wednesday for the 2018 Legislative Short Session. Their main purpose is to make modifications to the biennial budget and enact any other laws within the rules. It is possible that the budget modifications are already finished; if so,

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NCHA meets with BCBSNC to discuss Place of Service Medical Infusion Policy

NCHA and hospital/health system representatives met with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) to discuss its Place of Service Medical Infusion Policy. Members expressed concerns related to quality of care, patient safety, access to care, network adequacy by market, member

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Patient groups urge Congress to protect 340B program

More than 60 patients groups have urged Congress to protect the 340B drug savings program. “We stand together to oppose any efforts to diminish the 340B program’s proven ability to help serve vulnerable patients and communities,” wrote the groups. “340B is vital to the health

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CDC: Opioid overdose deaths continue to climb

An estimated 46,041 Americans died from opioid overdoses between October 2016 and October 2017, a 15% increase from the prior 12-month period, according to provisional data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Total overdose deaths from opioids, cocaine and psychostimulants rose

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FDA spotlights drugmakers who may be blocking access to generics

The Food and Drug Administration have announced new efforts to spotlight situations where drugmakers may be pursuing “gaming tactics” to delay generic competition. “We’re making public a list of companies that have potentially been blocking access to the samples of their branded products,”

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Workers’ Compensation Fund to distribute more than $2 million

The NCHA Workers’ Compensation Fund continues to perform favorably, both in financial terms as well as operations. This year’s distributions payable to members will be $2,059,026.  After Department of Insurance approval, the funds should be distributed to fund participants in the fall. The dividend equals

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HHS proposed delay for 340B ceiling price regulation

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing to delay the effective date of the 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties final rule for the fifth time. HHS said that it had significant questions of

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Media highlights hospital inspection tracker

This week, the Winston-Salem Journal highlighted a consumer resource developed by the Association of Health Care Journalists called The site includes details about deficiencies cited during complaint inspections at acute-care, critical access, or psychiatric hospitals throughout the United States since Jan. 1, 2011. It does

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Updates from recent SHCC Committee and Medical Care Commission meetings

Attached to today’s CEO email is NCHA’s Regulatory Report, summarizing two recent State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) committee meetings and two Medical Care Commission meetings.

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CMS releases rural health strategy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the agency’s strategy to promote high-quality health care for all rural Americans, address the unique economics of providing rural health care, and bring a rural focus to CMS healthcare delivery and payment reforms. Developed by the

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