HRSA Issues Updated Behavioral Health Workforce Projections

The Health Resources and Services Administration has released updated national and state-level projections for the behavioral health workforce through 2030, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act. The data includes updated factsheets and state-level estimates for eight occupations: addiction counselors, marriage and family therapists,

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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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Register Now for NCHA’s 2019 Winter Membership Meeting

We hope you will join us Feb. 20-21 for NCHA’s 2019 Winter Membership Meeting, “Leadership in an Era of Disruption,” where you will get a clearer picture on how to excel in healthcare’s everchanging environment. This year’s McCauley Keynote Lecturer, Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger,

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Around The State

The American Hospital Association will present its 2018 Rural Hospital Leadership Award to Ronnie Sloan, president of The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, at its Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in February. The award recognizes small or rural hospital leaders who guide their organization and community through

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Study: Physician Telemedicine Use Still the Exception Rather than the Rule

About 15 percent of physicians in 2016 worked in practices that used telemedicine to interact with patients, while 11 percent worked in practices that used it to interact with health care professionals, according to a survey by the American Medical Association reported in Health Affairs.

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CMS: 2019 Enrollment Approaches 3.2 Million

Almost 3.2 million people (184,891 in North Carolina) selected a 2019 health plan through between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1, including more than 773,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported recently. Three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the

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Hospitals Can Preview Star Ratings, Other Quality Data through December

Inpatient and outpatient prospective payment system hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities and PPS-exempt cancer hospitals can preview their data for the February update to Hospital Compare through Dec. 30 at the QualityNet Secure Portal. For hospitals participating in the inpatient and outpatient quality reporting programs,

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Hospitals, Others Can Apply for HRSA Rural Residency Grants

Rural hospitals and other eligible providers can apply through March 4 for a portion of $21 million in Health Resources and Services Administration grants to develop new rural residency programs or training tracks in family medicine, internal medicine and psychiatry to expand the physician workforce

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Programs to Improve Post-Discharge Care More Common in CJR Hospitals

Hospitals participating in the Medicare Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model are more likely to implement programs to improve post-discharge care and link surgeon compensation to cost and quality, according to a survey of surgeons reported online by the Journal of Arthroplasty. The survey asked

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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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