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Register to Attend the 2019 Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit

Register now for the 2019 Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit, an event to learn about solutions to address the opioid epidemic. The Summit, June 11-12 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, is a two-day training and networking event with local and national leaders. In 2017, Governor

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North Carolina Radiation Oncology Disaster Preparedness Conference June 22

South East AHEC is having a NC Radiation Oncology Disaster Preparedness conference on June 22 at the Embassy Suites in Wilmington. This conference was established following the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence, including its direct impact on the subpopulation of radiation oncology patients and their treatments. It

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Study: Hospital Community Benefits Far Exceed Federal Tax Exemption

Tax-exempt hospitals and health systems provided $95 billion in community benefits in 2016, almost 11 times the value of their federal tax exemption, according to an analysis by Ernst & Young released by the American Hospital Association. A separate analysis by the AHA shows that tax-exempt

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DHS Releases Resource for Hospitals on Active Shooter Incidents

The US Department of Homeland Security has released a new resource to help hospitals and health systems prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. Among other areas, the action guide includes DHS recommendations for what staff should do if there is an active

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CMS Releases Details on Applying for New Ambulance Service Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a request for applications from Medicare-enrolled ambulance suppliers and providers to participate in its new payment model for emergency ambulance services beginning in 2020. Announced in February, the Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) model will enable participating ambulance

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Hospitals Invited to Participate in 2019 CAQH Index Survey

The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) encourages hospitals to participate in its 2019 CAQH Index. The confidential survey, underway through July 15, tracks the adoption of HIPAA-mandated and other electronic administrative transactions for conducting routine business between health care providers and health plans. It

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Celebrate Community Health Improvement Week June 2-8

June 2-8 is Community Health Improvement Week, which recognizes the important role hospitals, health systems and communities play in advancing health and well-being. Community Health Improvement Week raises awareness, demonstrates impact and celebrates the individuals and organizations that are working together to improve

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Microsoft Alerts Public to Cyber Vulnerability in Older Versions of Windows

Microsoft recently released security updates to fix a critical vulnerability in older versions of its Windows operating system, which, the company said, any future malware could exploit remotely as a worm to spread from computer to computer, similar to how the WannaCry malware

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Participate in IFDHE’s Internship Program and Advance the Diversity Pipeline

Hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations can sign up to host an intern for this year’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity’s (IFDHE) Summer Enrichment Program. The SEP begins in June and runs through August. The SEP is a 10-week, paid, full-time internship

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Joint Commission Issues Advisory on Disinfecting Ophthalmology Devices

The Joint Commission has recommended that healthcare organizations review cleaning and disinfection instructions for tonometers and other ophthalmology devices to ensure that they are reprocessed appropriately. To prevent serious infections, instruments that touch intact surfaces of the eye must be high-level disinfected and those that

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