Notes from Recent Medical Care Commission and SHCC Committee Meetings

Enclosed in today’s mailing is an NCHA Regulatory Report with notes from the May 10 Medical Care Commission meeting, the May 7 State Health Coordinating Council’s (SHCC) Acute Care Services Committee meeting, and the May 15 SHCC Technology and Equipment Committee meeting. It

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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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HRSA Awards $24 Million in Rural Opioid Response Planning Grants

The Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded 120 organizations, including Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson, $200,000 each to develop community partnerships and plans to prevent and reduce opioid use disorder in high-risk rural counties. HRSA also is accepting applications through June 10 for grants of

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North Carolina Radiation Oncology Disaster Preparedness Conference June 22

South East AHEC is having a NC Radiation Oncology Disaster Preparedness conference on June 22 at the Embassy Suites in Wilmington. This conference was established following the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence, including its direct impact on the subpopulation of radiation oncology patients and their treatments. It

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May 23 Train-the-Trainer: Addressing and Responding to Partner Violence and Human Trafficking

The NC Community Health Center Association and the NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence  invite you to attend a “train-the-trainer” event on May 23 on Addressing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking in Community Health Centers across North Carolina. This program will

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Hospitals May Apply for Medicare EHR Program Hardship Exception

Eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals that did not qualify as meaningful users of certified electronic health record technology for the 2019 Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program may apply for a hardship exception to avoid the associated payment penalty. Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals may apply

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AHA Releases Playbook to Help Hospital Leaders Address Burnout

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Physician Alliance has released a resource to help hospital and health system leaders address burnout in their organizations. The Well-being Playbook highlights seven key steps for success and provides real-world examples of successful interventions deployed in hospital and health system

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Brief Examines How Hospitals Are Investing in Affordable Housing

A new AHA issue brief describes how hospitals are investing in affordable housing, based on initial findings from the Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities initiative. AHA and NORC at the University of Chicago are serving as evaluation partners for the initiative, launched by the Center

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Study: R&D Just 22 Percent of Spending by Largest Drug Makers

The largest U.S. pharmaceutical and biotech companies spend just 22 cents out of every dollar on research and development, according to an analysis released recently by the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing. The study, conducted in partnership with GlobalData, combined publicly available financial disclosures with

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FDA: Batteries in Certain Medtronic Pacemakers May Deplete Early

The Food and Drug Administration has alerted providers and patients that batteries in certain Medtronic implantable pacemakers and cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers may drain more quickly than expected without warning. The devices provide pacing for slow heart rhythms and heart failure. FDA said it has

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