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CMS Seeks Comments on Selling Health Coverage Across State Lines

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is requesting input on how to eliminate barriers to and enhance insurers’ ability to sell individual health insurance coverage across state lines. Questions in the request for information focus on expanding access to health insurance across state lines,

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HRSA Announces Funding Opportunity for Rural Substance Use Disorder Services

Eligible organizations can apply through May 6 for up to $1 million each for a three-year period to expand opioid and other substance use disorder services in high-risk rural communities. The agency expects to award about 75 grants. Applicants for the Rural Communities Opioid Response

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Healthy North Carolina 2030 Community Input Sessions

The Healthy North Carolina 2030 project brings together experts and leaders from multiple fields to inform the development of a common set of public health indicators and targets for the state over the next decade. These indicators will serve as the population health

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CDC: Progress to Reduce MRSA, Other Staph Infections Slowing

The rate of hospital-onset methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections declined 17.1 percent per year between 2005 and 2012, but did not change significantly between 2013 and 2016, according to a Vital Signs report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate

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CDC Issues Ebola Preparedness Reminder to US Health Care Facilities

The ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo serves as a reminder for US healthcare facilities to review their infection prevention and control processes to safely identify and manage patients with communicable infections. A recent Centers for Disease

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Medicaid Managed Care Contracting April 3

NCHA is having a members only Medicaid Managed Care Contracting meeting on Wednesday, April 3, from 1-4 pm at NCHA headquarters in Cary. K&L Gates and Navigant will provide an overview of issues for hospitals to consider as they move forward with contracting and

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Gaining from Untapped Savings Opportunities for Purchased Services

Purchased services spend typically represents 15 to 20 percent of a hospital’s operating expenses, a figure that rivals the cost of medical-surgical supplies. For many providers, there are more than 300 unique purchased services categories that are often undermanaged. Vizient solutions, including web-based

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Thanks for Attending the 2019 NCHA Winter Meeting!

More than 300 people attended this year’s Winter Membership Meeting, Leadership in an Era of Disruption, at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. Highlights included: the NCHA Board chair’s message from Dr. Mike Waldrum (pictured above); keynote address from Vice Admiral Peter Neffinger, former head

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Healthy North Carolina 2030 Community Input Sessions

The Healthy North Carolina 2030 project brings together experts and leaders from multiple fields to inform the development of a common set of public health indicators and targets for the state over the next decade. These indicators will serve as the population health

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Feedback Sought on Healthy Opportunities Pilots

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released a policy paper and a Request for Information (RFI) to invite feedback on the Healthy Opportunities Pilots — a groundbreaking program that will test and evaluate the impact of integrating evidence-based, non-medical services into the

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