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Atrium Health recently announced that Vicki Block has been hired as senior vice president of the Central Division starting April 1. Block will lead facility operations for three hospitals — Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, the largest hospital in the region, as well

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MCAG Offers Class Action Settlement Recovery Services

NCHA Strategic Partners is pleased to announce that MCAG has joined our portfolio of value-added services. MCAG is an expert in recovering money due from class action settlement funds. Settlement opportunities account for billions of dollars in available funds annually. Regrettably, businesses large and small are often

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Building a better State Health Plan requires collaboration

Raleigh, NC – March 28, 2019  – This week, leaders and members of the House Health Committee stood up for the people and communities that elected them by supporting House Bill 184, calling for a study committee to evaluate and recommend redesign of

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New NCHA Resource Available to Compare Your Hospital Star Ratings with Others

In late February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its updated Overall Hospital Star Ratings. North Carolina improved from 30th to 27th nationally. How did your individual hospital perform? How can you compare your hospital to the national performance of other hospitals in the seven component categories? Statewide and

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CDC: One-Third of Uninsured Skimped on Prescriptions Because of Cost

About 34 percent of uninsured US adults did not take their medication as prescribed in 2017 in order to reduce their prescription drug costs, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. According to the report, among US adults aged 18-64

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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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