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CMS Issues Draft Ligature Risk Guidance for Psychiatric Hospitals, Units

CMS has released draft revised guidance to clarify its ligature risk policy, which pertains to environmental safeguards for patients at risk of harm to self or others. The draft guidance updates 2017 guidance to clarify what constitutes a ligature risk and the agency’s expectation for

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Small Steps, Bright Future Campaign Aims to Reduce Risk of Stroke

May is Stroke Awareness Month and a new NC Division of Public Health stroke prevention campaign, Small Steps, Bright Future, focuses on preventing stroke among African Americans who are at a disproportionate risk for stroke. Small Steps, Bright Future highlights endearing moments that could be missed

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Robert A. “Bob” Enders, Jr. has been named CEO of UNC Lenoir Health Care in Kinston, following the retirement of UNC Lenoir’s previous CEO, Gary E. Black. Enders will transition from his current role as President at Chatham Hospital to his new role

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CMS Issues Proposed Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility FY 2020 PPS Update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that would update the payment rates and quality reporting items for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) for Federal Fiscal Year 2020. CMS says that the overall economic impact of this proposed rule

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Eligible Hospitals Can Apply to Participate in National Health Service Corps

Critical Access Hospitals, certain clinics and other eligible outpatient facilities that provide primary care or substance use disorder treatment to high-need urban or rural areas can apply through May 30 to become a National Health Service Corps site. NHSC-approved sites can use NHSC

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Study: Readmissions Penalties Shift When Adjusted for Social Risk Factor

Readmissions penalties for hospitals with the greatest share of dually eligible beneficiaries could fall by an estimated $22.4 million in fiscal year 2019, while penalties for hospitals with the least share of dually eligible patients could rise by $12.3 million, according to a study reported

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ONC: Nearly All Hospitals Use EHR data to Inform Clinical Practice

More than 9 in 10 hospitals used their electronic health record data to inform clinical practice in 2017, according to a new report by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. About eight in 10

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FDA Alerts Providers to Temporary Shortage of Breathing Tube

The Food and Drug Administration recently alerted hospitals and others to a temporary shortage of a tracheostomy tube used to help adult and pediatric patients breathe in healthcare facilities and at home. Made by Smiths Medical, the Bivona tracheostomy tubes are sterilized with ethylene oxide

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FDA Orders Surgical Mesh for Pelvic Procedure Off the Market

The Food and Drug Administration has ordered manufacturers to immediately stop selling and distributing surgical mesh products for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse in the U.S. Women planning to have the procedure should discuss other treatment options with their doctors, and women who have

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Around the State

Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids has signed a formal agreement to integrate into the Vidant Health system in early June.

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