Surgeon General Urges Action to Prevent Teen Vaping

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams has issued an advisory urging action to address an “epidemic” of electronic cigarette use by youth. “We have evidence-based strategies to prevent tobacco use that can be applied to e-cigarettes,” Adams said. “We must take action now to protect the health

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Upcoming NCHA In-Person Education

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

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Around the State

The UNC Board of Governors named Dr. A. Wesley Burks as chief executive of UNC Health Care, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Burks, who assumes

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Despite Facts, State Treasurer Rejects Value-Based Care

The North Carolina State Treasurer is promoting a new healthcare provider payment model tied to federally-determined Medicare rates (reference-based pricing) as the panacea for the long-term viability of the State Health Plan. Despite numerous conversations with physicians and other healthcare leaders across the

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NC General Assembly Still in Special Session

The NC General Assembly is still in session, awaiting action from Governor Cooper. So far, they have passed Voter ID legislation, a hurricane relief bill, technical corrections, and other local bills. The General Assembly did not take up anything on the State Health

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Congress Passes Farm Bill; House Ways and Means Committee Bill Introduced

Congress returned from observing the passing of President George H.W. Bush to work on the federal budget and last minute items. They passed a farm bill conference report that authorizes assistance for rural hospitals to refinance a debt obligation as an eligible loan or loan

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#123 for Equity Pledge Update: NC is Fourth in Nation for Number of Pledges

The American Hospital Association (AHA) launched the #123 for Equity Pledge to Act Campaign in July 2015, building upon the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. Hospital and health system leaders are pledging to take action to accelerate progress in the

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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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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 Enrollment Tops 4.1 Million

More than 4.1 million people, 236,693 in North Carolina, selected a 2019 health plan through between Nov. 1 and Dec. 8, including more than 934,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported this past week. Almost three-quarters of those selecting plans were

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