Call for nominations for the NCHA Board of Trustees

The NCHA Nominating Committee will meet May 17 to consider nominations to the NCHA Board of Trustees. Each year, five members of the NCHA Board of Trustees will end three-year terms on the board. The House of Delegates will meet at the NCHA Summer

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Federal Court rules in Blue Cross and Blue Shield antitrust litigation

A Federal District Court Judge is allowing antitrust litigation against health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield to proceed. The Court ordered that agreements among Blue Cross Blue Shield entities across the country to allocate markets and limit competition will be reviewed as per se violations

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HHS issues final rules for 2019 Health Insurance Marketplaces

The US Department of Health and Human Services has issued final rules for the health insurance marketplaces for plan year 2019, as well as the 2019 Letter for issuers selling on the federally-facilitated exchanges. The rule includes a number of policy changes for both the individual market

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Acute Care and Long Term/Behavioral Health Services Committees meet

The State Health Coordinating Council’s Acute Care Services Committee and Long Term/Behavioral Health Services Committee met in early April to review policies and methodologies, and consider petitions. For details, see the attached NCHA Regulatory Report.

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2018 North Carolina Health Equity Report

The NC Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities in the NC Department of Health and Human Services recently released its Health Equity Report for 2018, which shows progress and areas for continued improvement for a healthier North Carolina. “The report provides clear data

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New AHA resource on ICD-10-CM coding for social determinants of health

The American Hospital Association recently released a new resource that hospitals and health systems can use to educate caregivers and coding professionals about the important need to collect data on the social determinants of health. AHA successfully advocated changing the requirement for these codes to

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CMS reports on care disparities for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries

A new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health looks at racial, ethnic and gender differences on 27 clinical quality and eight patient experience measures for beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage health and drug plans in 2015-2016. The data are

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Opioid overdose treatment grants

Qualified opioid treatment programs, practitioners and health centers can apply through June 4 for up to $200,000 a year for five years to expand access to Food and Drug Administration-approved opioid overdose treatments, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced recently. SAMHSA expects

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HHS issues update on SamSam Ransomware campaigns

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthcare Cybersecurity Integration and Communications Center recently released an update on ongoing cyberattacks on health care and government organizations using a form of ransomware known as SamSam. According to the report, at least eight separate attacks using

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Clinicians can look up 2018 MIPS participation status online

CMS released an updated tool to help clinicians determine if they must participate this year in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, one of two payment pathways for clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse

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