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NCHA submits comment letter addressing IPPS proposed rule for FY 2019

NCHA submitted a comment letter on the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule for fiscal year 2019. The proposed rule affects inpatient PPS hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term care hospitals and PPS-exempt cancer hospitals. For more details, see today’s CEO/CFO Memo.

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Proposed 2019 State Medical Facilities Plan available online

The North Carolina Proposed 2019 State Medical Facilities Plan has been posted at https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/ncsmfp/2019/proposed2019smfp.pdf. Comments on the SMFP are due July 25, 2018. The State Health Coordinating Council will hold six public hearings on the Proposed 2019 SMFP during July. The dates and locations can be found at https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/mfp/publichearing.html#smfp.

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Study looks at factors driving health care costs

Markets that are less consolidated or less aligned vertically tend to have higher costs, while markets with well-organized provider networks tend to have lower costs, according to a new study by the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Leavitt Partners and McManis Consulting of the factors influencing

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Creating age-friendly health systems

More than 46 million Americans are ages 65 and older, and that number is projected to double to more than 98 million by 2060. To ensure that older adult patients receive quality care – care that anticipates their needs and engages them and their

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NCHA submits comment letter addressing IPPS proposed rule for FY 2019

On April 24, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule for fiscal year 2019. The proposed rule affects inpatient PPS hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) and PPS-exempt

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Gov. Cooper Signs IVC Bill

On Friday, Governor Cooper signed into law SB 630, Revise IVC Laws to Improve Behavioral Health. The reforms in this bill were developed with the input of statewide multi-sector behavioral health workgroups convened over a two-year period by NCHA. This week, North Carolina legislators are

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DOI releases association health plan final rule

The US Department of Labor published the final rule that modifies the definition of “employer” under federal law so that more individuals, including sole proprietors, are eligible to participate in association health plans (AHPs). The broader interpretation will let employers anywhere in the

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American Red Cross issues clarifying statement on HIPAA regulation

NCHA supports the American Red Cross’ efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to families and individuals affected by disaster. They have recently issued a clarification regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations and the specific authority that covered entities like hospitals have in

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Healthcare planning & data meeting scheduled for July 11

NCHA and Truven Health Analytics® (IBM Watson Health) will conduct a Healthcare Planning & Data meeting in Greensboro on July 11. The agenda is attached. Topics to be discussed include the Patient Data System, NC Licensure Renewal Data submission processes, State Medical Facilities Plan

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AHRQ: Insurance and access to care in urban and rural areas, 2014-2015

A statistical policy brief released by the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) shows that between 2014-2015, the percentage of uninsured under 65 years of age did not differ between urban and rural residents; however, compared to urban residents, rural residents were more

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