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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CDC Announces Funding to Support Maternal Mortality Review Committees

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accepting applications through May 8 for $43.5 million in grants to support agencies and organizations that coordinate and manage maternal mortality review committees. The federal Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018 provided funding for states and other entities

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Study: Social Risk Factors Linked to Hospital Readmissions, Penalties

Adjusting for social risk factors such as poverty, disability and housing instability in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program could level the playing field for hospitals that serve the most vulnerable patients, according to a study published recently in Health Services Research. The authors examined claims

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Study: Medicare Public Option Proposal Could Hurt Patients, Hospitals

Creating a government-run, Medicare-like option on the individual health insurance exchanges could negatively affect patient access to care and reduce hospital payments by nearly $800 billion over 10 years, according to a study by KNG Health Consulting released by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and

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Survey: Health Insurers Slow to Adopt Prior Authorization Reforms

Prior authorization still poses significant challenges to physicians and patients, according to a new survey by the American Medical Association (AMA). The survey looks at progress by health plans to implement reforms outlined in a 2018 consensus statement by six organizations, including the AHA and AMA, on

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FDA Issues Safety Recommendations for Providers Using Surgical Staplers

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued recommendations for healthcare providers to reduce the risk of adverse events associated with surgical staplers and staples for internal use. Among other recommendations, FDA recommends providers carefully follow the stapler manufacturer’s instructions for use, have a range

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CMS Updates Medicare, Medicaid Drug Spending Dashboards

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have updated its Medicare and Medicaid drug spending dashboards with 2017 data. The dashboards show trends in average spending per dosage unit for prescription drugs paid under Medicare Parts B and D and Medicaid, drugs with limited to

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Medicaid Managed Care Contracting April 3

NCHA is have 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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Automate Purchase Orders and Increase Price Accuracy

The Vizient eCommerce Exchange is a proprietary ecommerce platform that automates many of the tedious, time-consuming back-office tasks related to purchase order processing. The platform electronically connects providers to suppliers to enable a quick and simple exchange of a variety of supply chain

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