CMS: 2019 Enrollment Approaches 8.5 Million

Nearly 8.5 million people, 502,464 in North Carolina, selected a health plan through 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On Dec. 14, a federal judge in Texas ruled the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional because Congress repealed the tax penalty enforcing the law’s individual mandate.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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Study: Rural Residents Travel about Twice as Far to Hospital on Average

Rural Americans live an average 10.5 miles or 17 minutes from the nearest hospital, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center. That’s about twice as far and five to seven minutes longer than people in suburban and urban areas, respectively, with the

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Study Extends Benefits of Hospital Mergers to Hospitals in Close Proximity

Hospital mergers result in even greater efficiencies and savings when the acquired hospitals are in close proximity, according to a new report by Charles River Associates prepared for the AHA. The report highlights results from a number of studies, including an update to an earlier CRA

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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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