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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Update from the NC Medical Care Commission

The North Carolina Medical Care Commission met last month. Among its discussion items were proposed revisions to the rules relating to medical staffs and medical staff bylaws. For more details see today’s NCHA Regulatory Report. This report also includes several approved rule changes

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CMS Issues New Guidance on Identifying ‘Immediate Jeopardy’ Cases

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released new guidance to help surveyors identify when to cite health care providers or suppliers for violations of health and safety regulations that cause serious harm or death to a patient, and require immediate action to prevent further

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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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