GAO: Most Air Ambulance Providers Out-of-Network for Privately Insured

More than two-thirds of air ambulance transports for patients with private insurance were out-of-network in 2017, putting patients at financial risk for the difference charged, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO analyzed a private health insurance data set for

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2019 County Health Rankings Highlight Housing Costs Impact on Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual County Health Rankings are now live. The 2019 Key Findings Report highlights the link between housing and health across the nation. More than 1 in 10 households (11%) spend more than half of their income on housing costs (severe

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Study: Medicaid Work Requirements Could Weaken Hospitals’ Finances

Hospitals in states that impose Medicaid work requirements could see reduced Medicaid revenues and operating margins and increased uncompensated care costs, according to a recent study by the Commonwealth Fund. The analysis extrapolates and applies to a hospital finance simulation model early results from Arkansas’

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CMS Releases Additional Performance Results from 2017 QPP

CMS released a report and appendix providing additional information on clinician participation and performance in the 2017 Quality Payment Program. As reported in November, the update shows that 93 percent of all clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System who participated in the 2017 QPP will

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CDC Report Highlights Gaps in HIV Testing and Treatment

About 80 percent of new HIV infections in the U.S. in 2016 were transmitted from the nearly 40 percent of people with HIV who either did not know they had HIV or who received a diagnosis but were not receiving HIV care, according

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G4S: Patient Support Service for Behavioral Health

G4S, an international security service firm, teams with local hospitals and clinics to provide bedside guardianship and secure transportation for behavioral health patients. Since 2012, G4S has provided 68,000 transports, and driven 4.1 million miles in North Carolina. See the flyer for details. Contact Dallas Clark

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Nominations Sought for NCHA’s Top Individual Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for NCHA’s top individual awards to be presented at our Summer Membership Meeting in July. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an NCHA member institution executive and the Clinical Leadership Award is presented to a member institution clinician in a leadership

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North Carolina Population Health Collaborative

The North Carolina Population Health Collaborative is comprised of representatives of existing North Carolina Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and aspiring ACO participants and partners. The collaborative provides an opportunity for emerging and developing ACOs to share experiences and ideas about transitioning to accountable, value-driven, healthcare

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White House Releases FY 2020 Budget Proposal

President Trump recently submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year 2020. The budget request, which is not binding, proposes hundreds of billions of dollars in reductions to Medicare and Medicaid over 10 years.The budget request also contains a number of provisions related to drug pricing, opioids

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The 2019 North Carolina Disaster Symposium April 4-5

The Eastern Healthcare Preparedness Coalition is hosting The 2019 North Carolina Disaster Symposium April 4-5 at the Maxwell Center in Goldsboro. The 2019 North Carolina Disaster Symposium focuses on the increase of coordination and collaboration among North Carolina preparedness and response partners by providing best-practices, evidence-based data, discussion

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