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2019 State Medical Facilities Plan Is Now Available

The 2019 State Medical Facilities Plan is now available online here. The NC Division of Health Service Regulation will post an order form as soon as printed copies are available in mid- to late-January.

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Appeal Filed to Judge’s Ruling that the ACA Is Unconstitutional

Seventeen Democratic attorneys general, including North Carolina’s Josh Stein, recently appealed a federal judge’s recent ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional. “Our goal is simple: to stand up for the law of the land – the ACA – in order

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Last Call: NCHA Winter Meeting Awards Nominations Due Jan. 9

Nominations are due Jan. 9 for two new NCHA awards to be presented at the Winter Membership Meeting in February 2019. The Healthier Communities Award will recognize collaborative work by an NCHA member institution or institutions to promote health and well-being by addressing an identified

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AHA: Medicare, Medicaid underpaid hospitals by $76.8 billion in 2017

Medicare and Medicaid underpaid U.S. hospitals by $76.8 billion in 2017, according to the latest data from the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals. Underpayment occurs when the payment received is less than the costs of providing care, that is, the amount paid by

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US Senate Sends Maternal Health Bill to President

The US Senate recently passed and sent to the president for his signature legislation (H.R. 1318) that would provide funding for states to develop maternal mortality review committees to better understand maternal complications and identify solutions. The House passed the bill Dec. 11.

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Call for Nominations: NCHA Winter Meeting Awards

NCHA is pleased to introduce two new awards to be presented at the Winter Membership Meeting in February 2019. The Healthier Communities Award will recognize collaborative work by an NCHA member institution or institutions to promote health and well-being by addressing an identified community need. The Highsmith

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CMS: 2019 HealthCare.gov Enrollment Approaches 8.5 Million

Nearly 8.5 million people, 502,464 in North Carolina, selected a health plan through HealthCare.gov during 2019 open enrollment, including more than 4.3 million last week, according to preliminary data released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That’s down from 8.8 million at

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HHS to Continue Administering, Enforcing All Aspects of ACA

On Dec. 14, a federal judge in Texas ruled the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional because Congress repealed the tax penalty enforcing the law’s individual mandate. Seventeen Democratic attorneys general have asked the judge to confirm that the ACA remains in effect nationwide and allow for

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Deadline for Voluntary Hospital Readmissions Measure Extended to Jan. 4

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended to Jan. 4 the deadline for hospitals and their vendors to voluntarily submit data for the hybrid hospital-wide readmissions measure to the inpatient quality reporting program. Hospitals should submit the measure data for discharges between Jan.

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ONC: Most Hospitals Participate in at Least One National Health Information Network

About 71 percent of hospitals participated in at least one national health information network in 2017, according to a new report on electronic health information exchange by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. About half

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