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CMS: National Health Spending Growth Slows to 3.9% in 2017

U.S. spending on health care grew 3.9 percent in 2017, down from 4.8 percent in 2016 and less than the growth in the overall economy, primarily due to slower growth in spending for hospital care, physician and clinical services, and retail prescription drugs

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OCR Issues Communications Tool for Emergency Responders in Disaster

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has issued recommendations and resources to help first responders provide language assistance to people with limited English proficiency and disabilities during disaster response and recovery. “Recent natural disasters have demonstrated the importance of

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Certification Program Prepares Construction, Facility Workers for Health Care

The American Society for Health Care Engineering recently announced a certification program to help workers in facility management and construction understand the complexities of the health care physical environment, and hospitals reduce risks associated with construction. Focused on patient safety, the Certified Health Care

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Jan. 11 Lessons from Hurricane Florence

Join NCHA on Jan. 11 for “Lessons from Hurricane Florence,” as we discuss challenges and lessons learned. The target audience for this meeting is NCHA member health system CEOs, CNOs, Emergency Management Officers, and others involved in emergency preparedness activities. There is no charge for this meeting, but

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NCHA Submits Comment Letter Addressing Proposed Change to Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

NCHA has submitted a comment letter addressing the US Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule that would enable the federal government to carry out provisions of U.S. immigration law related to the public charge ground of inadmissibility. This proposed rule would change the

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Lower Drug Costs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would amend Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) regulations “to support health and drug plans’ negotiation for lower drug prices and reduce

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VA Contracts with TriWest to Support Patient-Centered Community Care and Veterans Choice Programs

TriWest has partnered with the Veterans Administration (VA) in 28 states in the western and southern parts of the country to administer VA’s Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) and Veterans Choice (Choice) Programs. These programs provide Veterans with access to community providers when the

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NC MUST System Outage, PASRR Applications and RSVP Feedback

The NC Medicaid Uniform Screening Tool (MUST) system will be experiencing server downtime from Midnight, Nov. 30 until Midnight Dec. 2. During this time, the NCMUST Pre-Admission Screening Resident Review (PASRR) application will be inaccessible. The NC PASRR Help Desk Number has recently changed

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Application Process Open for NCHF Disaster Relief Fund

The application process is open for the North Carolina Hospital Foundation’s (NCHF) Disaster Relief Fund to aid North Carolina hospital and health system employees who suffered significant property loss to their homes or residences during Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding. The funding

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Survey: Feedback Sought on State’s Medical Response to Hurricane Florence

The NC Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is partnering with Crisis Focus, LLC, to conduct an After-Action Review of the State’s medical response to Hurricane Florence. The review will be focused on state and coalition level response, not at the individual level.

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