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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March 26 is 2019 NC Rural Day

Join the NC Rural Center and hundreds of advocates from across North Carolina to learn more about the issues facing our rural communities, engage with leaders about solutions to help us all flourish, and celebrate what makes rural North Carolina strong. 2019 Rural Day is March

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NC Office of Rural Health Stakeholder Meetings

Attached is an invitation to the NC Office of Rural Health Stakeholders Meetings on NC J-1 Visa Waiver and Provider Loan Repayment & Incentive Programs. Upcoming meetings include March 12 in Winston-Salem, March 14 in Elizabeth City and March 28 in Wadesboro. Registration for

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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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