CMS Updates Overall Hospital Star Ratings, Proposes Future Changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently updated its overall hospital quality star ratings at Hospital Compare and proposed future changes to the star ratings methodology in response to stakeholder feedback. According to CMS, the proposed changes would make hospital comparisons more precise and consistent, and

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CMS Extends Deadline to Submit eCQM, PIP Attestation Data

CMS has extended to March 14 the deadline for hospitals participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting and/or Promoting Interoperability Programs to submit data for at least four electronic clinical quality measures from any quarter of calendar year 2018 to receive a full payment update in

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CDC: Uninsured Rate 9.2 Percent in First 9 Months of 2018

An estimated 29.7 million U.S. residents, or 9.2 percent, lacked health insurance when surveyed in the first nine months of 2018, according to preliminary data released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about the same as in 2017. The uninsured rate

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FDA Previews 2019 Plans to Address Opioid Epidemic

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., recently announced the agency’s 2019 agenda to address the opioid epidemic. Among other actions, the agency is considering using its authority under the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act of

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AHA Releases New Report, Resources on Telehealth

The American Hospital Association’s Center for Health Innovation this week released a series of new market intelligence tools for hospital and health system leaders that focus on telehealth, including: A report examining the flexibility of delivery platforms and how they fit into integrated care;

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Study: Protocol Reduces Post-hospital MRSA Infections by 30 Percent

A treatment protocol to prevent Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections after hospital discharge in patients known to carry the bacteria on their body reduced MRSA infections by 30 percent more than education alone, according to a study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and reported

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NCHA Mentorship Program: Apply Now to Be a Mentor or Mentee

As North Carolina demographics continue to shift, hospitals and health systems are increasingly focused on becoming more reflective of the patients and communities they serve. Having a diverse workplace is one of the greatest assets of any organization to improving employee morale and promoting retention – both

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Around The State

Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center is under new leadership. Dr. John Mann, a general surgeon, has been named president and CEO of the hospital. Mann also retains his capacity as Novant Health system surgical service line physician leader, held since 2016. St. Luke’s Hospital

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Invoice Capture & Workflow Approval with Commerce Bank

Power up your vendor payment process with NCHA Strategic Partner Commerce Bank. When you have a chance to save money, you take it, right? How about when a supplier offers you a discount for paying their invoice promptly? Gain the ability to create a

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2019 Child Health Report Card Highlights Increase in Youth Suicides

North Carolina’s 2019 Child Health Report Card gives the state high marks for children’s health coverage, but also points out some troubling trends. The rate of youth suicide in the state has nearly doubled over the previous decade. Suicide is now the second leading cause

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