State Health Coordinating Council Meets to Finalize 2019 SMFP

The State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) met Oct. 3 to finalize policies and need methodologies for the 2019 State Medical Facilities Plan (SMFP). For more details, including a summary of the reports from the three SHCC committee, see today’s NCHA Regulatory Report.

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Funds Established to Assist Healthcare Workers Affected by 2018 Hurricanes

The Florida Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation has established an Employee Assistance Fund for FHA member hospital employees who suffered significant property loss as a result of Hurricane Michael. For more details and to donate, click here. The North Carolina Hospital Foundation’s Disaster

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New Screening Process for Adult Care Homes Starting Nov. 1

The NC Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) is implementing the Referral Screening Verification Process (RSVP) for individuals being considered for admission to an Adult Care Home (ACH) effective Nov. 1, 2018. RSVP will replace Pre-Admission Screening Resident Review (PASRR) for ACHs, providing a more

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GAO Study: Poor Forgo Medical Care More in States that Didn’t Expand Medicaid

Low-income adults in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act were less likely to report having any unmet medical needs compared with those in non-Medicaid expansion states, according to a recently released report from the Government Accountability Office. About 26 percent of low-income adults in

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HHS Highlights Regulatory Reform Efforts

The US Department of Health and Human Services recently highlighted a number of its efforts in fiscal year 2018 that it says have reduced the burden of regulations by $12.5 billion. Specifically, the department said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ burden reduction initiatives will

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CDC Confirms 62 Cases of Mysterious Paralyzing Virus in 22 U.S. States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it has confirmed 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis – a polio-like illness that mostly affects children and can cause paralysis. The 62 cases are in 22 states so far, CDC said. In addition, 127 cases

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cybersecurity for Medical Device Industry

The Food and Drug Administration today issued draft guidance that provides recommendations to the medical device industry on cybersecurity considerations for device design, labeling and documentation that the FDA recommends be included in premarket submissions for medical devices with cybersecurity risk. The guidance builds on the

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HHS Awards $293 Million to Help Expand Primary Healthcare Workforce

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration today announced $293 million in awards to expand the primary health care workforce for clinicians and students through the National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps programs. The NHSC and Nurse

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Webinar: NC Healthcare Worker Diversion Prevention Toolkit

The Coalition for Model Opioids Practices in Health Systems, a partnership between NCHA and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, has created a Healthcare Worker Diversion Toolkit with information and best practices to prevent and respond to healthcare worker suffering with substance use disorders. Join us for

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Register Now for NCHA’s Government Payors Summit Oct. 30

Register by Oct. 23 to attend NCHA’s Government Payors Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle in Cary. This program, in partnership with the he North Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, will: Update providers on the latest

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