Three States Poised to Expand Medicaid Following Ballot Approvals

Voters in Nebraska, Idaho and Utah last week approved ballot measures calling for their states to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income adults. “Medicaid expansion will be a real life saver for thousands of Nebraskans,” commented Andy Hale, vice president of advocacy for the Nebraska Hospital Association. Brian Whitlock,

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CMS: Thousands Select Plan as Opens 2019 Enrollment

Nearly 371,700 people selected a 2019 health plan through Nov. 1-3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported. About three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers. Thirty-nine states, including North Carolina, are using for 2019 open

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Study: Sociodemographic Differences Contribute to Heart Attack Survival

Racial disparities in heart attack mortality rates may be explained by differences in sociodemographic characteristics, and not race alone, according to a new study published Nov. 2 in JAMA Network Open. The study analyzed data for about 6,400 patients who had heart attacks to compare black

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OIG: FDA Should Address Postmarket Cybersecurity Risk to Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration’s policies and procedures were insufficient for handling postmarket medical device cybersecurity events, and the agency has not adequately tested its ability to respond to emergencies resulting from cybersecurity events in medical devices, according to a Department of Health

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CDC: Opioid Epidemic Driving Up Hepatitis C Infections

Nearly 2.4 million Americans are living with Hepatitis C and the amount of new infections each year is “disturbingly high” and growing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week. The number of reported cases more than tripled from 2010 to 2016 nationwide,

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Upcoming NCHA In-Person Education

Environment of Care & Life Safety Program Offered Dec. 7 NCHA and AXIS Medical Education is jointly offering an “Environment of Care & Life Safety” program on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley Hotel. This one-day program will provide valuable information

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Around the State

John William “Bill” Moffitt passed away Oct. 31. Moffitt’s healthcare career spanned 59 years, first with the Hospital Savings Association (now Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC), and later as a consultant for PhyAmerica and related companies. NCHA recognized Moffitt with its Distinguished

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Reintroducing NCHA’s Allied Partner: LifeSolutionz

NCHA Allied Partners are businesses interested in working with NCHA Strategic Partners to gain exposure to North Carolina hospitals and health systems, learn more about the NC Healthcare Association, and grow towards greater involvement. LifeSolutionz is an alternative compensation arrangement that healthcare organizations can utilize to

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State Health Plan Responds to NCHA’s Questions Regarding New Provider Network Initiative

The North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) developed and submitted questions regarding the new State Health Plan Provider Network Initiative to the Treasurer via the e-mail process outlined on the State Health Plan Provider Network website. The State Health Plan’s written responses to our questions are

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High-Deductible Health Plans

What You Need to Know Purchasing health insurance on your own or choosing the right plan from your employer can be complicated. Regardless of whether you are young or a “senior,” married or single, have a family of five exuberant kids or three

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