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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 HealthCare.gov Enrollment Tops 4.1 Million

More than 4.1 million people, 236,693 in North Carolina, selected a 2019 health plan through HealthCare.gov 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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Report: Workers Spending More for Health Insurance

Employees contributed an average of $1,415 toward premiums for single coverage and $5,218 for family coverage in 2017, according to a report released recently by the Commonwealth Fund. The employee premium contributions were 6.8 percent higher for single health coverage and 5.3 percent higher for

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HHS Seeks Input on How to Improve HIPAA Rules

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights will accept comments through Feb. 11 on potential changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules to promote coordinated, value-based care, according to a request for information released recently. In addition

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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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