Deadlines Approaching for Exception to EHR Payment Adjustment

Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2017 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2017 payment adjustment. Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not

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HRSA Announces Opioid Response Funding for Rural Communities

Healthcare providers and others can apply through Jan. 15 for planning grants to prevent and reduce opioid use disorder in high-risk rural counties through community partnerships, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced last week. HRSA’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program expects to award $24

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CMS: 2019 Enrollment Approaches 2 Million

More than 1.9 million people selected a 2019 health plan through Nov. 1-17, including more than 748,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported recently. More than three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers.

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Study Examines 2019 Exchange Premium Changes by County

Average unsubsidized premiums for the lowest-cost bronze, silver and gold plans for 2019 at are 0.3 percent, 1 percent and 2 percent lower, respectively, than in 2018, according to new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. What a given consumer actually pays depends on

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ASPR Highlights Active Shooter Resources in Wake of Hospital Shooting

In the wake of the recent shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response encourages medical facilities to review its 2017 planning and response guide for active shooter incidents in health care

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Around the State

In case you missed it, here are some recent CEO changes announced in the daily NCHA NewsLinks: Debra Hernandez was named president of Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville. She has worked In the healthcare Industry for more than 35 years, including roles at

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State Health Coordinating Council Meets to Discuss Dialysis Services

Several members of the State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) recently met with dialysis providers in a public meeting to discuss moving dialysis services to the Acute Care Chapter of the annual State Medical Facilities Plan. Such a move would also entail changing from

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Proposed Rules for Radiation Protection Program and Pharmacy

Proposed rules of interest to health systems were posted recently in the NC Register. The NC Department of Health and Human Services proposes fee increases for maintaining the radiation protection program. The NC Board of Pharmacy proposes RN dispensing of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies

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DOJ Lawsuit Ends with No Financial Penalty or Admission of Wrongdoing for Atrium Health

Atrium Health, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the North Carolina Office of Attorney General have reached a settlement agreement that brings an end to litigation over language in certain health insurance contracts. There is no admission on the part of Atrium

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Application Process Open for NCHF Disaster Relief Fund; California Funds Set Up

The application process is now 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

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