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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Qualivis Expands Service Offering to Provide Comprehensive and Customized Workforce Solutions

Streamlining and simplifying the staffing process is top of mind for hospital administrators nationwide. That’s why Qualivis, the national provider of workforce solutions endorsed by NCHA, now offers an expanded, robust suite of workforce solutions and enhanced services to help hospitals manage their

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May 9 Webinar on Recruitment Platform

NCHA Strategic Partners invites you to a FREE webinar Thursday, May 9 from 11-11:30 am, featuring our allied partner This 30-minute webinar will showcase the new career recruiting platform with, the healthcare industry’s career destination site that connects healthcare candidates and hospitals to find their perfect match.

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Bills Introduced to Expand Coverage and Increase Access to Telehealth

House Bill 655, NC Health Care for Working Families Act, and House Bill 721, Increase Access to Telehealth Services, were introduced last week. NCHA released statements of support for both bills. HB 655 is a common-sense option to close the coverage gap and increase affordable

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